We’ ve all been there, negative, overwhelming emotions going through our heads. They simply won’t stop, these feelings of hurt, anger, resentment and frustration. So what should I do? Ignoring them or dwelling on them is not good. How should I deal with these negative emotions in a healthy way?
Having diffficulties dealing with negative and overwhelming emotions is a very common problem for many people. You are not alone if you are struggling with negative emotions. So what’s it all about and what can you do? Should you stuff your anger or frustration away and pretend it doesn’t exist? Generally speaking, that does not make them go away. Ignoring feelings is not the healthiest way to deal with them. In fact while you are not dealing with the emotions you are feeling, they can cause some serious problems with your health.
Many scientific studies confirm that your emotional well-being is integrative part of your overall health. One does not function properly without the other. In many life situations we become overwhelmed with these negatice emotions. We also have the tendency to dwell on anger, resentment and other uncomfortable feelings. This of course is not a healthy way either.
What to do?
In order to deal with them you must first know and understand them. Emotions are very complex part of who we are. Typically they are defined as a state of feeling that results in physical and psychological changes that influence our behavior. It’s very important to listen to your emotions and take steps to let them go. Look deep within and try to pinpoint the situations that are creating the stress in your life. Negative emotions can come from a triggering event (overwhelming workload). Negative emotions are also the result of our thoughts surrounding an event. Basically the way we interpret what happened can alter how we experience the event and whether or not it causes stress.
The key job of your emotions is to get you to see the problem, so you can make necessary changes. If you’re feeling angry or frustrated, this can be a signal that something needs to change. If you don’t change the situations or thought patterns that are causing this, you will continue to be triggered by them.
Identify and cut down on your stress triggers and you’ll find yourself feeling negative emotions less frequently. Cutting down on job stress is highly recommended. You should also try changing negative thought patterns through a cognitive restructuring. Learning the practices of assertive communication (so you don’t feel trampled by people).
Only making changes in your life won’t eliminate your stress triggers entirely. Therefore you will also need to find healthful outlets. Regular exercise can provide an emotional lift as well as an outlet for negative emotions. Meditation can help you find some inner peace. Finding opportunities for having fun in your life can also change your perspective and relieve stress.
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