Our emotions are ever present in our lives. One moment we can be happy and the next, waves of sadness, anxiety or fear can come over us.
We are taught to run from our more difficult negative emotions (as discussed in the the blog on anger and rage). We are expected to be happy and content all the time but this is not realistic.
We all have flashes of anger and rage throughout the day. I could be that someone cuts you up while driving, your boss shouted at you at work or a partner didn’t do the washing up.
You may think anger and rage are the same emotion but actually quite different.
What is the difference?
How often do you feel overfull after eating? We all sometimes go to a restaurant and order too much or cook too much and keep eating until it’s all gone.
You might have a sweet tooth and can eat an entire bar of chocolate rather than the two or 3 squares.
Everyone’s happiness is individual, and nothing should be more important than your own happiness.
What will make you happy? Some say, ‘money.’
‘If I were rich I would be happy and all my problems would be gone.’
What is it about an action, substance or event that keeps us addicted?
Some can interact with drugs or an action and not get addicted, but for some of us that’s not the case.
The drugs or action become too much and we become enraptured with it. It is too engrossing. We think about it all the time. It takes hold of us. You have to take the first step towards your addiction treatment to get your life back.
We are taught to run from our anxious feelings so that we can remain safe and comfortable.
But at what detriment?
In life we are expected to be great all of the time. There is no room for unexpected feelings to get in the way. The famous phrase ‘Keep calm & carry on’ exemplifies that fact. Just keep pushing through until everything is ‘fine’. What cost is there however, to not talking through our problems?