We aren’t always comfortable putting too many of our emotions on social media because of judgment.
When we express sadness or talk about our emotions around an issue we are facing, it seems that kind hearted humans want to fix it for you with what are perceived as helpful kind words. Such as; this too shall pass, chin up, things will get better, just pray, meditate, journal, be grateful, take a walk in nature, you’re enough, and all the other advice that make them feel better about helping you through something with their “encouragement”.
Then there are the negative comments, such as; don’t be so negative on yourself, things could be worse, you don’t have it so bad, stop putting your issues on social media, stop complaining/whining so much, you’ll be labeled as a complainer.
We are a society that covers up our mental health instead of freeing ourselves with being able to express our emotions. Showing only the happy and good side of life on social media. It’s not always like that. We learn from our sorrow, our mistakes, our “issues”. We grow and sometimes help our healing process with being able to express our emotions. I think it’s ok to share our emotions on social media!
Maybe we can move toward understanding with non-judgmental understanding of someone’s pain. Compassion goes further than advice or “encouraging” upbeat, cover your sadness with a smile and move on already type of words.
When we expresses emotions on social media, sometimes we are just wanting to get something off our chest. More encouraging words might be words like; sending virtual hugs, I’m so glad you’re able to express such a vulnerable feeling, thank you for expressing how I am feeling also right now, I wish I had your courage, I love you, thank you for sharing your story, I wish I were there with you to hold space for you in your time of need, I’m here with a nonjudgmental ear, I hear you, I see you, I understand your heart, and things of this nature.
Sometimes all we have is our social media as an outlet. Sometimes we allow fear of judgement to hold us back from expressing our emotions. I don’t think that’s healthy.
If you have other outlets to express your emotions and don’t like seeing that on your social media, please keep scrolling or unfollow the person rather than leaving a negative remark.
Of course if you fear someone using your emotions against you or feel threatened in any way by expressing your emotions on social media, by all means don’t do it.
These are just my opinions about this subject, consult with your doctors and/or attorneys before expressing emotions on social media. There’s my disclaimer to subside my fear of expressing my opinions.
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