We all have days we want to just stay in bed. Or days, where we can’t stay in bed, because of our minds are racing going over all the things we should have done, wish we could do, and so on. Days that are just off, or days that are stressful, days were we worry too much. Dr. David Burns states, “One minute of feeling upset is okay. Or an hour, a day, or a week. But I don’t want my patients to have to struggle with weeks, months, years or decades of misery. I always tell my patients that we are all entitled to five happy days per week. If you aren’t having your five happy days, you need a little mental “tune-up! But if you’re having more than five happy days per week, that could be a problem,…” Blog post 2017-03-10, “Feeling Good” retrieved 2018-05-30 from: https://feelinggood.com/2017/03/10/is-it-possible-to-be-happy-all-the-time/
I had one of those days recently. I am currently in a life transition and I find myself worrying about things I care about like friends and family who are struggling with life issues. What if you listed all the good things about your sadness, stress, or anxiety? Like this: my worry about my friends and family says I care, I love them. It reveals my thoughts are of them and I want what’s good for them. It reminds me to make them a priority and not let life just float past. These are all positive things and since my worry only lasts a day or two, I can accept and embrace it instead of being more anxious because I have a little worry in my life.
Fear of fear, anxious of worry, frustrated about being angry. Worrying about negative feelings is a curse we all face at some point. Maybe we recognize it, maybe we don’t. Understanding that negative feelings are not all bad is a great step in finding true inner peace and happiness. Struggles are part of life, and in fact, often make us better people. They can remind us to look outside ourselves for a source of strength we can rely on, like spirituality. For me that is a loving creator God. What is your external strength? Can you rely on it?
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