We are wired with emotions. So, when you suppress your emotions, you are going against your design. This will cause harm to you physically and emotionally.
There is a time and place for everything, including expressing your emotions. It’s probably not the best idea to shout in the middle of the grocery store. Unfortunately, will all the random violence happening, people could mistake your actions when doing this.
Keeping your emotions bottled up will eventually lead to stress and other mental conditions. If it continues for too long, it can cause you to become depressed and can lead to other coping means as alcohol or drug abuse. For example, many people turn to sleep aids or worse, like Oxycontin and other opioid-type drugs. These are highly addictive and only mask your symptoms. They rarely if ever used to cure conditions.
So many of us were taught to suppress emotions by our parents and grandparents. Their generations were taught to do the same and felt it was a true sign of character to be able to keep your emotions in check. During their time as kids, there was less information about the effects of emotions than there are now.
Some people still follow the old ways of not expressing emotions. Expressing emotions is similar to complaining, and no one wants to hear it. However, new studies are pointing to suppressing emotions as damaging.
There are different ways that you can release your emotions. Maybe you will play sports like basketball or possibly work out at the gym. Meditation is another, more calm way to reduce your stress.
Sometimes all you need is to talk to someone about what you are feeling. You will feel vulnerable when you do this, so find someone that you trust deeply.
Keeping your emotions inside is never healthy. But you need to try and find the right time to express those emotions. Finding that time is crucial to your mental and physical wellbeing. It is not worth getting sick because you aren’t willing to express yourself. The benefits of letting it out will lead you to a better life.
Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways. - Sigmund Freud