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Justine Froelker - Mental Health Motivational Speaker - Quote

Feelings must and will be felt.

How do I know if I am coping well or if I am stuffing down, plowing through, numbing, medicating, avoiding, escaping, or doing anything possible to not feel my feelings?

Do you feel rested, restored, and refilled after? Or do you feel even more of that feeling you were trying to avoid or maybe even feeling nothing, and not in a good way?

Did it bring you into authentic connection with yourself, God, your higher power, or your favorite people? Or do you feel even more alone and isolated?

Was it aligned with your values? Or did it bring you outside of your values?

You can’t run from this, no matter how hard you try. Feelings must and will be felt. It’s whether or not you do it healthy and aware or unhealthy and unaware (which will leave a ton of hurt).

Oh, and remember to do all of the above, whether healthy coping or the avoiding, with lots of grace and love.


Justine is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 25 years of experience in traditional mental health and personal and professional development. Justine has been certified in the work of Dr. Brené Brown for ten years. Justine is the author of eleven books, including five Amazon bestsellers covering subjects such as infertility, faith, and grief. She has been honored to do two TEDx Talks, The Permission of the And and The Donut Effect. She travels nationally and presents virtually to global audiences delivering keynotes, workshops, retreats, and trainings on topics such as leadership, courage, resilience, mental health, preventing and coping with burnout, and courageous and curious conversation, especially in creating cultures of belonging and diversity, equity, and inclusion. Justine lives in St. Louis with her husband Chad, their three dogs, and for four months of the year hundreds of monarch and swallowtail butterflies.

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