If you want to know one of the most unhelpful pieces of advice we can give another human, it's 'put a lid on it'.
It's up there with 'calm down' when someone is really worked up, or 'let it go' when someone is hurt, or 'shake it off' when someone is upset.
It's not only unhelpful, it's damaging to do so and incredibly stupid to suggest.
Our emotions are there to be expressed. They serve a purpose.
Am I saying all should rage and scream as they see fit when they see fit?
But there's a big difference between managing emotions, learning to understand and express your emotions in a helpful manner and 'putting a lid on it' - meaning, ignoring, containing, forcing down. That serves no one, not least the suppressor.
Until next time, stay safe - and sane - and make kind choices.
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