Negative Feelings and Emotions

Feelings and emotions – we all have them – we also all experience negative feelings and emotions. When we do, we often feel miserable. Do any of these sound familiar?

  • Frustration
  • Sadness
  • Envy
  • Shame
  • Fear
  • Doubt
  • Grief
  • Guilt
  • Jealousy
  • Depression
  • Despair

These are just but a few emotions that make us feel upset with ourselves, others or just simply life. It is important to remember that these feelings are normal from time to time and in the moment. It’s when these feelings are present for long, continuous periods, they can be concerning for our wellbeing. Let’s think about some of the causes?

  • Life in general in terms of our personal and work lives.
  • Our relationships at home, with extended family, with friends, with acquaintances, with colleagues. These are generally hard work and can sometimes be fraught with uncomfortable, strained or awkward phases.
  • Making decisions that impact us, others, the present, and future – our entire lives.
  • Responsibilities that are essential in our personal and work lives but that seem to grow with every kind of change we encounter in life.
  • Navigating our way through creating balance in our life, especially in terms of personal and work demands and the expectations that exist.
  • Finances in general, but for many the constant worry, the lack of planning and the unexpected costs that can sometimes seem to come out of nowhere.

Again, these are but a few things that can cause some negative emotions. In times of experiencing negative feelings, what can we do to help manage our emotions?

  • Don’t ignore, suppress or pretend your feelings don’t exist. It’s not healthy and will affect you and those around you in other ways.
  • Work through your emotions to fully understand what you’re feeling and why you feel a certain way. It is not always obvious, therefore it is important to name your emotions.
  • Focus on changing what you can, what is within your control, and try to let go of what you cannot change.
  • Find an outlet. This could be a range of things such as speaking to someone, exercising, meditation and finding opportunities to laugh, to cry, to try to see the good in a situation, to remember what is important and is going well in life.

Overall, accepting your feelings and emotions as a result of your experiences is essential. It might not feel so in the moment, but there are times when feeling bad is a good thing. Not only do we learn from experiences that create negative feelings within us, not only does it make us stronger, but it also often is felt because you are kind and because you care.

So always acknowledge the truth of any situation you find yourself in that might cause you to feel miserable. And focus your energy on carrying on, taking back control, and the power of managing your negative feelings and emotions.

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Yours in Adapting & Being


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