Learn From Negative Emotions
We often view negative emotions as killers of our productivity. Feeling anxiety, frustration, anger — it keeps us from getting things done. It’s better to let them pass quickly or ignore them, right?
Not necessarily. MindBodyGreen gives a new perspective, and suggests that you “Turn Your Negative Emotions into Your Greatest Teachers.” Instead of fighting these negative emotions, listen to what they’re telling you, and allow yourself to feel them. MindBodyGreen gives 5 ways you can deal with these emotions, but I want to call attention to two of them. The first:
1. Let whatever emotions are there be there. Besides, resistance is futile!Feeling that we shouldn’t feel a certain way and trying to fight against it is not only frustrating but a complete waste of energy. Recognize that ultimately we feel how we choose to feel. No one can “make us” behave in a certain way. If you want to have a ticked off half hour, that is your right. Take control of your emotions rather than letting them take control of you.
4. Write it down.
Don’t view negative emotions as an annoyance, but as a sign there is a problem that needs to be addressed in order to move forward and build up your emotional resilience.Writing things down can really help you rationalize and make an action plan if needed. You can often see things through completely different eyes when they are in black and white in front of you.