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Difficult emotions arise normally in everyday life. If we suppress these emotions, they do not go away. Instead, they tend to reside in our subconscious minds, and influence our behavior in ways over which we have no control. On the other hand, if we give these emotions free reign, they can damage our relationships. Learning how to manage difficult emotions is critical to self care and care of our relationships with others.
Essentially, the process of learning to manage difficult emotions involves:
When you are captured by powerful negative emotions, follow these steps in order to learn to feel in a way that is not toxic to you or anyone else. More than any other skill, the skill of learning to feel and separate your feelings from your choices will allow you to grow or move forward in your life.
Do this process with yourself as often as necessary to help you cycle through your difficult emotions and achieve balance and growth in your life.