There are many ways to deal with uncomfortable situations, the most popular being putting your energy into something else. When discussing positivity, you may commonly hear people say that in order to think positive thoughts, you must shift your perspective to focus on the good. When you think about it, this method makes a lot of sense. If you don’t think negative thoughts, you don’t experience negative emotions. While that may help you in the moment, in the long run you could potentially be hurting yourself more than you are helping. You may find yourself running from negative emotions, and even running from yourself and the truth, in an attempt to not feel any sort of pain. In the long run, this stunts growth and keeps us in the same place. As humans we have a tendency to sometimes do other things in order to avoid uncomfortable situations and distract ourselves from hard feelings. We need to learn to lean into pain so we can understand what will serve us. Have you ever gone through a breakup and been encouraged to take your mind off of it? Maybe to focus on yourself and date other people? While this seems like valid advice, and it makes total sense to not obsess or dwell in painful emotions, how can you grow through a breakup and learn from it if you are constantly running away from the pain. It is through those painful moments that you can experience real growth.
My challenge to you this weekend is to allow yourself to lean into discomfort. If you feel annoyed, sad, or angry, allow yourself to observe the feeling instead of pushing it away. What can you learn about yourself from this experience? How can you grow through the discomfort?
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