Ways of Dealing with Difficult Emotions as a Man

When it comes to men and their emotions, they are often expected to suppress them. However, irrespective of your gender, it is key that you’re able to talk about how you feel and effectively express yourself. Life comes with its ups and downs, and as a result, there are many different emotions that you’re going to need to learn to deal with. You can’t always control circumstances, but you can choose how you react and how you deal with the situation. On that note, this article is going to explore a few ways that you can deal with difficult emotions.

Know When to Ask For Help

Sometimes, pride gets in the way of you asking for help when you desperately need it. It may be because you’re afraid of being laughed at, judged, or embarrassed, so as a result, you refrain from asking for help. However, if you’re struggling with serious issues such as anxiety, depression, or addiction, this is especially a time to reach out for help. This could mean speaking to a loved one, considering adult drug treatment at an appropriate facility, or getting a personal therapist who can help you with your issues. No matter what, don’t be afraid to ask for help as there are times when you just can’t do it on your own.

Be Vocal About Your Feelings

Similar to the point above, you should learn to be vocal about how you feel and not sweep it under the rug. It could mean getting a journal and writing your thoughts down if you aren’t comfortable talking to anyone about how you feel. On the other hand, if you would rather talk it through, consider finding a close friend who you trust and who may be in a position to understand your point of view. Whatever the case, try not to ignore your feelings as talking about them could make you feel better, and burying your feelings could result in you acting differently, not making yourself available to others, and not being fully engaged when you do happen to spend time with friends and family.

Accept Your Emotions

Another key way of dealing with difficult emotions is learning to accept them. At times, you may be in denial about how you feel or trying to change it, but instead, you should consider letting your emotions play their course. During this time, try and remain positive and do relaxing things to get you through like going for a walk, grabbing a hot drink, or engaging in one of your favorite hobbies. You should also take time out to listen and understand the cause of the difficult emotions you feel as you’re more likely to find a solution that way.

Men are just as human as women and feel similar things – although perhaps in different ways. However, finding positive as well as healthy ways to deal with such emotions is paramount if you want to live a happy life. By following some of the tips above, you should find that gradually, you’re better able to manage difficult emotions.

Comments

  1. It’s definitely hard for men (and boys) to express their emotions. I have 2 teenaged sons and when something it’s bothering them, it’s hard to get them to tell me what it is.

  2. I can not understand the thoughts of my brother!

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