Today for my blog I want to highlight the importance of listening to our emotions and what they are trying to tell us. Emotions control what we think and do. If they are not in balance it can create emotional and physical pain especially if we don’t pay attention to them. Fortunately, emotions can also guide us towards discovering what works or doesn’t work in our lives.
Bitterness – When we feel bitterness toward someone, it’s a sign that we need to heal, we may be holding judgements on others and ourselves.
Resentment – shows that we are living in the past and not allowing the present to be as it is. Resentment hides below the surface and slowly chips away at us without us ever noticing. If we want to live our best life resentment has to go. Time to leave the past behind and start healing.
Discomfort – shows you that you need to pay attention right now to what is happening because you’re being given the opportunity to change, to do something different than you typically do it.
Anger – shows you what you’re passionate about, where your boundaries are. Well managed anger can be a useful emotion that motivates us to make positive changes. However, unhealthy episodes of anger, when held on for long periods of time, turns it inward, or explode in rage, can wreak havoc on your body. If someone infringes on your rights, you need to tell them.
Disappointment – shows you that you tried for something, that you did not give in to apathy, that you still care. Disappointments are probably one life’s most uncomfortable feelings. It’s complex, as it contains a subset of other emotions at the same time like anger, hurt, sadness, and many others. To deal with it we need to let it out, get some perspective, know our own heart and practice acceptance.
Guilt – helps you understand the person that you do not want to be. It gives you the opportunity to forgive yourself in order to move on. In small doses guilt can be benefit us but when it runs free, it can cause havoc. It can majorly affect our sense of self-worth and self-esteem.
Shame – shows you that you’re internalizing other people’s beliefs about who you should be (or who you are) and that you need to reconnect with yourself. It also protects us from other feelings that we are afraid to feel, and gives us a sense of control over our own feelings. As bad as shame feels, many people prefer it to the feeling that shame may be covering up: loneliness, heartbreak, grief, sadness, sorrow or helplessness over others.
Sadness – shows you the depth of your feeling, the depth of your care for others. It’s valid and useful; as it alerts us to how we need to treat ourselves, and also as to how we want to be treated by others.
Authors note: As complex as emotions are there is always a positive side to it and also negative, finding a balance is very important as well. Emotions are our mind’s way of guiding us not all feelings are pleasant but it can helps us make changes necessary to live a happier life.
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