“Feelings are just visitors, let them come and go.”
We are always experiencing feelings. Sometimes feelings can be overwhelming and difficult to manage. When this is the case, try to remind yourself of the following tips:
Feeling are not facts
Feelings come and go when we let them
Feelings are not a label
Feelings are meant to be felt
Feeling often have something to teach us
Feeling hold information
Feelings are not permanent
Emotions such as fear, sadness, and anger are a basic part of life and sometimes we struggle with how to deal with them effectively. It can be tempting to act on what we are feeling, but that often doesn’t fix the situation that caused the emotions. It is often most helpful to practice pausing. Bring your attention to your breath. Check-in with your body to learn more about why you might be feeling a certain way and notice how your body feels. Do you feel tense or anxious? Take a moment to bring your awareness to your surroundings and notice the environment around you. Recall some of the tips described above and remind yourself of the bigger picture.
Dr. Thomas Lindquist, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Visit us at lindquistpsych.com
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