I had a life coach who once told me that I was not my feelings. I was not my sadness, anger, or elation. I understood what she was saying intellectually but found it difficult to stop reacting as if my world revolved around my feelings and emotional reactions. If I had negative feelings, it seemed as if they would never end, and I did many things to distract myself from feeling such as reading, working, watching movies or television, trying to “fix” other people, and so on.
When I was grieving my late husband John, the pain of the loss was so intense that I couldn’t
I am a health and happiness psychologist. I had an amazing opportunity to care for my late husband with dementia that brought everything into focus: love, purpose, healing, self-care, and living without regrets. You can read more of my story here.
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