Every week at some point you will experience a negative emotion. Perhaps you’ll feel sad, angry, anxious or fearful. There are of course many different reasons as to why we feel negativity, but it’s how you deal with those feelings that determine how long they last.
I used to think that the best way to deal with negative emotions was to try and escape them. However, I have since realised that it can be very damaging to suppress your negativity. Imagine an issue that gets you down time and time again. You can cover it up very easily just by the distractions you encounter every day-but all you are doing is pushing it away from the surface-and it will at some point reoccur presenting you with the same negative feelings over and over again unless-of course- you deal with it.
So how do you deal with it? Well we don’t want to confront negativity with negativity! So here’s the hard part….next time you feel a negative emotion, instead of trying to push it away, try and embrace it. Show compassion towards it. Focus on the feeling and breathe with the feeling. Notice the parts of your body that feel tense or uneasy as you experience your negative emotion. And remember, nothing’s permanent. The feeling will pass.
I’ve been working hard on this one, and believe me you will become better at dealing with your negative emotions. You’re just re-wiring your way of dealing with negativity.