Accept all your feelings!

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In a recent study, researchers found that people who allow negative emotions such as resentment, sadness, and disappointment to run their course have fewer symptoms of depression and other mood disorders than those who push away or judge those emotions. The researchers hypothesize that acknowledging and accepting unpleasant emotions helps to defuse them and release stress, whereas avoiding or judging them — and yourself for having them — can compound the negativity and increase stress. Like joy and love, sadness, frustration, and fear are part of the human experience. They sometimes carry important messages. Fear, for instance, may signal that a situation isn’t safe, and anger may signal that you need to make a change or have a conversation. Of course, that doesn’t mean you reacting impulsively to every passing emotion. Practicing mindfulness meditation, in which you sit and notice thoughts and feelings without judging them, can help you learn to experience “negative” emotions and thoughts with awareness. .

Source: The Psychological Health Benefits of Accepting Negative Emotions and Thoughts: Laboratory, Diary, and Longitudinal Evidence.

 

“Turning feelings into words can help us process and overcome adversity.” Sheryl Sandberg

 

Posted on January 26, 2018 and filed under wellness.