All emotions are information
To put it plainly, nobody likes feeling sad, angry, hurt, confused, or afraid. However, we typically don’t feel these things without a cause. Your body and mind are telling you something, and you can best honor this by being curious and compassionate with yourself.
Watch out for stories
It’s easy to create a narrative of why we feel the way we feel, but when we’re in the moment and our brains are clouded by emotions, those stories aren’t going to be very helpful – or accurate.
Overanalyzing your emotions can be another form of neglecting them. Instead, focus on the present and leave the analyzing for later.
Remember that you’re not the only one
We all experience difficult feelings, no matter how mature or successful we are. They’re part of life! They serve the invaluable purpose of allowing us to connect more deeply with ourselves and others.
If you find yourself mid-cry convinced that nobody else feels sad or lonely (or whatever the case may be), ask yourself where you heard that from – chances are, you’re beating yourself up about a thought that isn’t even true.