Mens feelings and emotions have evolved throughout our history, from the primal emotion of fear to learned social emotions like guilt and pride. And tens of thousands of years later, men are still trying to figure out what they’re feeling and why.
Some feelings are important indicators that something’s not right. Jealousy, anger, frustration – these are all signals that you can choose to ignore or act on. Men’s feelings don’t disappear, so what we resist, persists. When we ignore them, it puts stress on our minds and bodies, negatively impacting our mental and physical health.
But when we learn to recognize certain feelings, we’re aware that we have a problem and can alter the course of our damaging or limiting behaviours. When we have a vocabulary around our emotions and we understand what they’re telling us, we can translate them into meaningful and beneficial circumstances.
Anxiety is an alarm system that prepares your body in the face of danger. When left unchecked it can manifest in unhealthy ways.
Depression is a deep sadness that can drain your energy and joy of life. When you learn to cope with depression, you gain perspective and focus.
Whether you’re exhausted, fatigued, or just plain weary, being tired can be a symptom of other unaddressed feelings in your life.
Anger is a secondary emotion that hides feelings felt before, like fear, frustration, disappointment, shame, and guilt. Learn to untangle what your anger really means.
Apathy feels numb and is an attitude of indifference resulting from a deep-seated loss of hope. But, you can learn to turn apathy into feeling alive and fulfilled.
Guilt is meant as an internal alarm bell that tells you when you’ve done something that doesn’t align with your values. Analyzing your guilt can lead to productive change.
Grief is overwhelming, but it’s not you. Although it doesn’t feel like it now, grief can be used as a positive to honour the person you’ve lost without losing yourself.
It’s normal to have suicidal thoughts in times of high stress, but it’s a sign that you need help now. Counselling can help you cope with these feelings effectively.
Feeling stressed out happens when too many demands are placed upon us. Learning to make adjustments to your life rather than avoid or numb it can help you grow.
We’re not born feeling inadequate – life makes us feel that way. Learning healthy self-esteem can fuel happiness and fulfillment in your life.
Loneliness and feeling isolated are signs that you don’t have a tribe. Investigating it can help you develop comfort and peace with yourself.
Burnout is a feeling of overwhelming stress for a protracted amount of time. Preclude burnout by learning to manage the pressures in your life.
Frustration stems from the difference between your current self and ideal self. Guidance and goal setting can lead to progress towards a realistic image of yourself.