~Feels Invoking~ Situations You’ll Probably Only Understand If You’re Highly Emotional

~Feels Invoking~ Situations You’ll Probably Only Understand If You’re Highly Emotional

Why am I crying? Why do I feel like I’m having a heart attack?

Feels as defined by the extremely legitimate Urban Dictionary, can be “a wave of emotions that sometimes cannot be adequately explained.”

I’d give this definition a standing ovation for so eloquently defining a new colloquial term.

With the ~feels~ revolution has come on overwhelming influx of feels memes, which I always find way too relatable.

As a self-proclaimed, highly emotional being, wreck at times, it’s come to my attention that there are a lot of moments that hit me in the ~feels~ that probably shouldn’t.

Have you experienced these ~feels~? Are you highly emotional? See for yourself:

1. The horrific, devastating feeling when someone honks at you

An absolutely desolating feeling. Am I a horrible driver? *Hyperventilates* Wow I should not be allowed on the road. *Single tear slides down the side of my face*

2. The mortification of accidentally not waving back to someone

Janette is for sure going to hate me now. She’s totally gonna think I’m an absolute bitch. Oh my god, how could I? We probably won’t be friends after this.

3. Criticism

There’s no need for me to describe the feeling that comes along with unwanted criticism. We all know the crushing feeling of receiving negative feedback. Disastrous.

4. The worry associated with receiving an “Okay” text vs an “Okay!” text

One word texts are horrendous on their own. A one word text lacking reassuring punctuation? Even worse. For the love of god, please punctuate your single word texts, otherwise I will probably think I did something wrong for the next three years.

5. The overwhelming, bitter empathy felt when seeing someone elderly eat alone

This is where the ~feels~ definition comes in: why am I feeling so much overwhelming sadness for no apparent reason? Why am I crying? Why do I feel like I’m having a heart attack? My logic tells me Walter is just enjoying a nice peaceful meal to himself. My highly emotional heart tells me his six kids refuse to speak to him and his wife passed four months ago. Help.

6. The overpowering, all-consuming happiness of seeing old people in love

Quite the opposite of seeing Walter eat brunch alone, yet the overwhelming nature is still there. My heart is so full, it might burst. My knees are weak. Did I just fall in love with this 85 year old couple? They’ve lasted so long! My faith in humanity has been restored.

7. The gut-wrenching angst of someone being mad at you

If you’re highly emotional, odds are upsetting someone is the absolute last thing you’d ever dream of doing. Unfortunately it happens. Cue the pleading for forgiveness, the self-deprecation, and the self-pitying tears.

8. The agony of accidentally offending someone

OH MY GOD I am NOT an offensive person! How could I be so insensitive? I’m heartless. I need to see a therapist.

9. The absolutely sublime, tear-inducing feeling of reading, seeing, or hearing something beautiful

Reading the new Rupi Kaur? Tears of happiness. Listening to Post Malone’s Beerbongs and Bentleys for the sixth time through? Tears of joy. Watching the sunset over the ocean? Tears of bliss.

10.The heartbreaking recognition of being mean to your mom

I did not deserve to receive life from this beautiful angel goddess who is too good for this world.

11. Feeling the extreme of literally every single emotion on your birthday

How can I possibly be turning 20? Life is so short. Life is so great! I’m so old, I’m aging so fast. I love my friends, I’m so lucky. Oh my god I’m gonna die alone. Just me? OK.

The feels are real. The feels are good. The feels are bad. But if you’re highly emotional, the feels are constant. I guess you just gotta own it.

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If You've Ever Been Called Overly-Emotional Or Too Sensitive, This Is For You

Despite what they have told you, it's a gift.

Emotional: a word used often nowadays to insult someone for their sensitivity towards a multitude of things.

If you cry happy tears, you're emotional. If you express (even if it's in a healthy way) that something is bothering you, you're sensitive. If your hormones are in a funk and you just happen to be sad one day, you're emotional AND sensitive.

Let me tell you something that goes against everything people have probably ever told you. Being emotional and being sensitive are very, very good things. It's a gift. Your ability to empathize, sympathize, and sensitize yourself to your own situation and to others' situations is a true gift that many people don't possess, therefore many people do not understand.

Never let someone's negativity toward this gift of yours get you down. We are all guilty of bashing something that is unfamiliar to us: something that is different. But take pride in knowing God granted this special gift to you because He believes you will use it to make a difference someday, somehow.

This gift of yours was meant to be utilized. It would not be a part of you if you were not meant to use it. Because of this gift, you will change someone's life someday. You might be the only person that takes a little extra time to listen to someone's struggle when the rest of the world turns their backs. In a world where a six-figure income is a significant determinant in the career someone pursues, you might be one of the few who decides to donate your time for no income at all. You might be the first friend someone thinks to call when they get good news, simply because they know you will be happy for them. You might be an incredible mother who takes too much time to nurture and raise beautiful children who will one day change the world.

To feel everything with every single part of your being is a truly wonderful thing. You love harder. You smile bigger. You feel more. What a beautiful thing! Could you imagine being the opposite of these things? Insensitive and emotionless?? Both are unhealthy, both aren't nearly as satisfying, and neither will get you anywhere worth going in life.

Imagine how much richer your life is because you love other's so hard. It might mean more heartache, but the reward is always worth the risk. Imagine how much richer your life is because you are overly appreciative of the beauty a simple sunset brings. Imagine how much richer your life is because you can be moved to tears by the lessons of someone else's story.

Embrace every part of who you are and be just that 100%. There will be people who criticize you for the size of your heart. Feel sorry for them. There are people who are dishonest. There are people who are manipulative. There are people who are downright malicious. And the one thing people say to put you down is "you feel too much." Hmm..

Sounds like more of a compliment to me. Just sayin'.

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How To Practice Self-Care In College

Due dates. Finals. Papers. Here's some advice on how to not go completely crazy during these stressful four years.


Being a senior in college, I know how stressful and demanding school can be. Here are a couple tips on how to stay mentally and physically healthy during these four hectic years of our lives.

Trade your morning coffee for a glass of water. 

Instead of turning on that keurig as soon as you wake up, grab a cold glass of water. I'm telling you, it really jump-starts your morning. Bring a water bottle to class and fill it up throughout the day, too. Obviously, I still drink coffee because I basically can't function without it, but make sure to incorporate a lot of water as well. I've found that I'm more focused and awake the more water that I drink.

Eat breakfast.

I usually start with a bowl of oatmeal filled with whatever you want – blueberries, walnuts, cinnamon, and honey are usually my go-to. It's crucial to eat breakfast because it gives you energy for the rest of the day. You're basically fasting for 8 hours (let's be real, it's probably less than that) through the night, so you're stomach is empty and ready to go as soon as you wake up. If you're tight on time, grab a protein bar. I personally like the Think Thin chocolate mint protein bar, it's plant based and tastes like a dessert, so win-win.

Practice yoga.

I know, people in the world write about how amazing yoga is in their blog, but it's true. I randomly decided to take yoga in college, and it honestly changed my whole outlook on it. It's both mentally and physically rewarding; it keeps you in shape while at the same time helping your mental health. I highly recommend taking a yoga class, or even just looking up some yoga poses on YouTube and practicing at home.


I recently downloaded an app called Simple Habit, and it reminds me every day at a certain time to mediate for 5 minutes. Just taking that small amount of time out of your busy day to clear your head makes such a huge impact on your mental health.

Read more.

Put down that 5,000-page biology book for a few minutes and read something actually enjoyable. Recently, I've been reading To All The Boys I've Loved Before because I'm 13 years old. I think it's important to take some time to read something for entertainment and your own pleasure rather than always reading books for school. Not only does reading improve your cognitive skills and widens your vocab and can help you relax.

Write in a journal. 

I've always had a journal since I was probably in elementary school. Although I don't use my Girl Tech password journal anymore, I still like to write in a journal sometimes just to get my thoughts on paper. It helps me to reflect on my day and make sense of everything. It's kind of like free therapy. Also, I think it would be cool to go back five, ten, even fifty years from now and read my old journals and see how my mind has changed over time.

I can admit that I wasn't the best at self-care when I first started college. It took me a while to figure out how important it is to take care of yourself in order to stay sane and be healthy. It's hard to prioritize our own health especially when we're used to prioritizing school, work and everything else in between. Just making a few small positive changes in your daily routine can make all the difference.

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