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What Can We Learn From Negative Emotions?

What Can We Learn From Negative Emotions?

Usually when people come to counseling, they are in emotional distress. If you are struggling, you might be in that place right now. Maybe you feel depressed, down, and sad. Or perhaps you feel anxious, uptight, and nervous. You want relief from the unpleasant...
Exploring Different Kinds of Unhappiness

Exploring Different Kinds of Unhappiness

I don’t like to be unhappy. When I start to feel sad or frustrated, my tendency is to do something to make myself feel differently. I might try to avoid the thing that is causing my discomfort, or do something to distract myself. Sometimes these strategies to escape...
Why It’s Good to Freak Out Sometimes

Why It’s Good to Freak Out Sometimes

I was working through an issue with my girlfriend the other day, and I was struggling. The issue itself wasn’t a huge deal, but my reaction felt really painful. I was getting triggered, and the issue we were dealing with was bringing up some difficult struggles from...
It’s Okay to Be Sad

It’s Okay to Be Sad

The other day, I was aware of feeling really sad. Nothing terrible happened—some of my issues were getting triggered and I was dealing with that. I knew I wouldn’t feel that way forever, but for the day, I was feeling pretty down. I attended a group discussion that...
3 Ways to Deal with Emotions

3 Ways to Deal with Emotions

Emotions are a huge part of our daily lives. Our feelings let us know we are alive, and they help us to connect with others. Emotions are also important indicators of our needs. For example, if we feel angry, we might need to set a boundary or stop an injustice. If we...
The Emotion Shift

The Emotion Shift

Have you ever felt so much stress and anxiety that you became overwhelmed and couldn’t think straight? Maybe you had to give an important speech, or have a difficult conversation with a friend or colleague. If you asked a friend for advice about what to do, they may...
What to Do When You Are TRIGGERED!

What to Do When You Are TRIGGERED!

Unless you live in a bubble, my guess is that you know what it’s like to be triggered by something. You probably know the feeling well. You come in contact with something or someone that offends you. Your pulse quickens, your blood pressure rises, and you tense up....
Emotions and Needs

Emotions and Needs

Sometimes I struggle to identify my emotions and talk about them. For example, the other day, I was frustrated. I was grumpy with a colleague at work, and I didn’t really know why. Frustrated isn’t really an emotion, so I spent some time trying to figure out what...
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