Dealing with negativity

Positivity in low supply? Understant what causes negative emotions and understand how to deal with them.

Ever felt a hit of jealousy upon seeing your workmate flirting with the workplace eye candy? Or felt guilt for spilling wine on that shirt you borrowed (and could not afford to dry clean)?

In pre-civilisation instances these negative emotions would have paid off. In the age of sabre-toothed tigers and mammoths it was wise to be stressed, tense and alert after all, getting hypervigilant could save you from being eaten, but if your most significant pressure proper now is ensuring the bills are paid and your dishes are completed, it would be seen much more counterproductive to stress and be concerned.

What causes unfavorable emotions?

"Negative feelings are, evolutionarily speaking, developed to warn us of danger or threat. Fear is useful in that it tells us to be careful, watch out for, or take action in the presence of a prospective danger. Discomfort tells us that something is wrong and we want to attend to it. If we didn't knowledge discomfort we would not know that our foot had been injured, for example, and it necessary attending to. A lot more complex feelings like regret, shame and guilt appear to be created to hold us from straying outdoors, or harming our social group. In common even though, it is much better to have more constructive feelings than adverse ones for a sense of nicely-getting," says clinical psychologist Dr David Roland.

How to deal with adverse feelings

With all the potential overall health positive aspects, it really is hard to classify unhappy feelings as 'bad', but if you have recognised that you're feeling upset, there are things you can do to relieve the tension:

  • Workout – specifically activities that activate your left pre-frontal cortex, such as dancing or yoga.

  • Improving your social connection by speaking to and seeing your close friends and loved ones more typically.

  • Music.

  • Mindfulness meditation.

  • Journalling your feelings.

  • Touch and massage.

  • Medication – organic or prescribed.


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