In today’s world, there’s a growing trend of suppressing one’s intense emotions with medication. Whether induced by a traumatic event or a failure in life, we can be hit by a sudden burst of emotional stress when we least expect it. A loss of a loved one, getting fired, a breakup, and many such events can deeply affect our emotional well-being, and healing from it is always an uphill climb.
While several well-wishers give unsolicited medical prescriptions consisting of suppressants and anti-depressants, and renowned psychologist worth their salt would recommend bearing the emotional pain in order to completely recover from this trauma.
When one takes a pill for suppressing the pain, it is not really getting rid of the emotion but instead delaying your grief. You will feel better temporarily, but sooner or later, it will come out in ways you least expect. In the long run, it’ll only worsen and you’ll be left with the prolonged side-effects of not feeling the initial sting.
As someone who’s suffered a devastating loss of a loved one, I can tell you that it does get better. That cataclysmic feeling of emptiness gradually fades away. All you have to do is give it time.
It is a known fact that time is the best healer and even in light of the lowest points in your life, time will come to your rescue.
So how do you nurse this emotional rollercoaster, you may ask. Stalk the feeling and confront it head-on. Understand why you’re feeling this way and nip a more severe reaction in the bud. Think about what you’re feeling — Are you scared? Do you feel alone? Are you embarrassed? Once you’ve identified you’re true base emotions you can slowly forgive yourself and take a journey into acceptance.
Sadness, loneliness, shame, and grief are all feelings that will fester if you try and bury it deep within. You have to let them out in order to not let them linger. You can train yourself to meditate — not to forget but to accept. You can also join a support group or talk to a friend to let out some steam. It’ll all speed up the healing process in a natural organic way.
Of course in the most severe cases, medication may be the last resort. But it is always better to heal and scab without an external catalyst to give you the pseudo-experience of normalcy.