Episode #158:

Permission To feel Sad: Why You Avoid Feeling Sad, and What to Do Instead

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Episode #158: Permission To feel Sad: Why You Avoid Feeling Sad, and What to Do Instead


About the Episode:

In today's episode, we delve into the emotion of sadness, discussing why it's essential to feel and process it rather than avoiding it. We explore the societal and psychological reasons behind our tendency to suppress sadness and provide practical strategies for acknowledging and managing this fundamental human emotion.

What You'll Learn in This Episode:

  • Why avoiding sadness is detrimental to your mental and physical health.
  • The societal expectations and psychological defense mechanisms that lead to sadness avoidance.
  • The impact of ancestral and generational trauma on your ability to feel sadness.
  • Practical steps to process and express sadness safely.
  • How to build emotional resilience and practice self-compassion.

Tune in to learn more about embracing sadness and transforming it into a source of strength and healing.


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Dr. Vanessa Calderón, MD, MPP has over 20 years of leadership experience. She is a Harvard grad, ER physician, Life and Leadership coach, and a mother of 2. She's a first generation Latina and is dedicated to uplifting her community. She's the founder of the Latina Leadership Accelerator, where she uses education and coaching to support the personal and professional development of women at all stages of their lives and careers.


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