It is absolutely normal to have our ups and downs. We can feel the weight of our own emotions on some days more than others. This is completely natural.
Sometimes our emotions may lead to negative cycles of thought. When this happens, it might feel like you can’t seem to get the stress and anxiety out of your mind. We might even spend more time focusing on our response to a stressful situation, rather than the actual situation itself. For example, if we believe that we feel overwhelmed and hopeless because we’re finding it hard to solve a problem, it can make us believe that our problems are impossible to solve, causing us to feel even more stressed out. Getting more stressed from already being stressed is not exactly a positive feedback loop that we want to have.
If you feel like this may be happening to you, try and consider whether your negative beliefs about yourself can be tested. For example, can the problem truly be solved by just your actions alone, or does it require input from others? Have you experienced similar situations in the past where you have overcome a similar challenge? What did you do that helped you overcome the situation? You can even think of what others in similar situations might have done. Have people who are close to you solved similar problems before? If so, could you do the same? What steps could you put in place to solve the problem you have at hand? If we can distance our emotional response from the stressful situation itself, we may be able to see the situation in a new, more clear way. It is important not to ignore our emotions but instead to be mindful that they should not always be responsible for shaping the way we think. This is a key component of emotional regulation.
You are stronger than you think. You have overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges before. Take action in concrete ways, and you can solve anything. You’ve got this!
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