Learning To Let Go: Strategies for Releasing Emotions

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Hey there! Let’s talk about something that hits home for many professionals—the art of keeping things under wraps. You know, those emotions like guilt, shame, and that ever-looming fear of failure that we stash away? Well, it’s time to gently unpack these and start on a path toward healing. “Learning to Let Go” isn’t just a catchy phrase; it’s a necessary step toward reclaiming your mental peace.

The Weight of Bottled-Up Emotions

It’s no secret that the professional environment can often demand a façade of infallibility and emotional detachment. But what happens to those emotions that get suppressed in the process? Guilt, shame, and fear of failure are not just fleeting feelings; they are profound experiences that, when ignored, can set the stage for chronic stress and poor mental health.

This could then lead to you feeling unhappy and trying to find reasons to not go to work and in the UK and the effects of Covid 19 can still be seen in workplaces. You may have been much happier working from home and the sudden decisions of companies to “Force People back into the office” could leave you feeling angry, confused. Sickness absence rates jump to the highest in a decade https://www.cipd.org/uk/views-and-insights/thought-leadership/cipd-voice/sickness-absence-rate-jumps/

Understanding the Fear

Many professionals fear the label of ‘mental health issues’ because it seems to suggest vulnerability or incompetence. This stigma can be paralysing, but recognising it is the first step towards change. Addressing these fears doesn’t mean broadcasting your struggles to every colleague or client but acknowledging them privately and seeking appropriate support.

Control and Childhood Experiences

The need to control our environments and suppress emotions can often stem from childhood experiences. Early life interactions and observations may have taught us that showing vulnerability leads to negative consequences or that control is necessary to maintain stability. These deep-seated beliefs can follow us into adulthood, affecting our professional and personal lives in numerous subtle ways.

Poor parenting, which may involve neglect, inconsistency, or emotional unavailability, can profoundly impact an individual’s ability to regulate emotions and handle stress. Children raised in such environments often learn to suppress their feelings as a survival strategy, leading to difficulties in expressing emotions appropriately in adulthood. This suppression can manifest as perfectionism, extreme self-reliance, or avoidance behaviours, all of which are common in professional settings but detrimental to mental health.

How RTT Can Help

Rapid Transformational Therapy (RTT) works by accessing the subconscious mind to address and modify these deep-rooted beliefs. RTT helps individuals understand the origin of their need for control and emotional suppression. By revisiting these formative memories under guidance, individuals can begin to reframe their perceptions and develop healthier coping mechanisms.

Steps to Learning to Let Go

  • Self-Recognition: The journey begins with acknowledging that you are holding back emotions. Identifying what you feel and why is a vital first step.
  • Seek Professional Guidance: Platforms like Stephen Therapy (Stephen Therapy) provide confidential and empathetic support, helping you navigate your emotions without judgment.
  • Practical Techniques: From mindfulness exercises to journaling, practical tools can help manage and mitigate the effects of suppressed emotions.
  • Community and Support: Engaging with supportive communities or networks can ease the sense of isolation often felt by professionals.

Real-Life Impact: A Story of Transformation

Meet Gareth, a high-level executive who approached the brink of burnout due to unaddressed personal and professional pressures. Fearful of appearing weak, John kept his struggles to himself until a colleague recommended RTT therapy at Stephen Therapy. Within weeks of beginning his sessions, Gareth noticed profound changes. He became more communicative, his decision-making improved, and he started feeling a renewed passion for his career and personal life. Gareth’s story is one of many successes highlighting the transformative power of embracing and releasing suppressed emotions.

Additional Resources

  • For further support and information on mental health:
  • Mind: A UK-based mental health charity offering advice and support to anyone experiencing mental health problems.
  • Samaritans: Available 24/7 to provide confidential support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair.


Letting go of suppressed emotions isn’t just about feeling better; it’s about achieving a healthier, more balanced professional life. At Stephen Therapy, we’re dedicated to guiding you through this process with the utmost care and professionalism. If you’re ready to start your journey toward emotional freedom, visit us at Stephen Therapy and learn how we can help.

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