Attaining Freedom Through Emotional Agility

How do we want to show up, especially when things get tough? This is a great question to ask ourselves right now. But many of us are resistant to acknowledging when things just don’t feel all that great. We’ve grown up trying to gloss over uncomfortable feelings and society has put an emphasis on avoiding vulnerability. Being vulnerable and showing up in our difficult emotions are actually super important steps, though, if we want to be emotionally agile. On this episode of The Doctor’s Farmacy, I was excited to chat with Susan David about emotional agility and skills for dealing with the real world from an open and honest place, without running from the feelings that we don’t like. We kick off our conversation by looking at the differences between emotional fragility versus emotional agility. In this emotionally trying time, it’s important that we feel strong in our ability to handle whatever the world gives us. We don’t always have to be positive and find the silver lining, in fact, evolutionarily it serves us to acknowledge uncomfortable emotions so that we can effectively adapt and shape our experiences. Emotional agility is being compassionate and curious with our thoughts, feelings, stories, and emotions so that we can do that. Susan explains how societal norms have gotten most of us stuck in a place of rigidity and how we bottle and brood our emotions and stories, rather than sit with them, and why that is so detrimental to everything from our careers to relationships, health, and so many other areas of life. We discuss how to take value connected steps—physical actions to help us show up in difficult times—so that we can strengthen our emotional agility and find gentle acceptance. Susan is such a wealth of knowledge when it comes to taking on the emotional and psychological stressors of life, which most of us are feeling especially pressured by right now. I hope you’ll tune in to learn from her insights in this episode. Get your copy of Emotional Agility here. This episode is brought to you by ButcherBox and Bioptimizers. ButcherBox makes it super easy to get humanely raised meat that you can trust delivered right to your doorstep. ButcherBox has everything you could want—like 100% grass-fed and grass-finished beef and wild Alaskan salmon—and shipping is always free. Visit My new favorite magnesium is from a company called Bioptimizers. Their Magnesium Breakthrough formula contains 7 different forms which all have different functions in the body. There is truly nothing like it on the market. Right now you can try Bioptimizers Magnesium Breakthrough for 10% off. Just go to and use code HYMAN10.
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