Do You Bottle Up Your Emotions?


This is a response to the one-word prompt “Bottle” by “The Daily Post.”

Do you have a tendency of holding in your emotions and bottling them up instead of letting them out? To some extent we all do this or have done this from time to time in our lives. Perhaps it was because we don’t like having others see how we “really feel, or we think emotions are a weakness. Perhaps at the time we felt a particularly strong emotion, we recognized that the time and place was not appropriate to express that kind of emotion. Whatever the case may be, pretty much everyone to to one degree or another has and does “bottle” their emotions rather than express them.

Bottling up one’s emotions, however, is not the problem at least not when done in moderation and only to a certain extent. As long as we find the time to let those emotions out, allowing ourselves to feel the full range of them and why we are feeling them so that we can work out what is bothering us (if that is the case) then there really is no problem. It is only when we bottle up our emotions all the time and never give ourselves the proper time and place to feel and experience them that problems do and will start showing themselves. The more you “bottle” the more problems you start to have in your life.

Our emotions are what allow us to live our lives in a world that can be beautiful, fun and engaging, but also scary, hurtful, and just plain ugly. They allow us, to either “moderrate” the bad things that happen in our lives or to enjoy and “celebrate” the good things. Our emotions also let us know when “something is wrong.” But above all, our emotions give “color” to our lives and the world around us. Without them, the world would be such a duller and uninteresting place.

By “over bottling” our emotings we hurt not only ourselves, but those around us as well. It causes our stress levels to rise and makes us less productive in our lives. By showing and or expressing our emotions, we are actually keeping said emotions in check, and thus proventing unnneeded stress. Expressing one’s emotions, keeps any one emotion form “taking over.” So, if you are one who tends to bottle his/her emotions, don’t! Start letting them out, not all at once (that would be just as bad) but little by little, and learn to live a little.

What are your thoughts on the matter? Please and do share.

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