8 min

”Affect Labeling” How to stop avoiding difficult emotions and heal Enrich Your Life Podcast

    • Society & Culture

"Affect Labeling" - How to stop avoiding difficult emotions and heal
(By Dayna Mason)

From an early age we’re taught to suppress our negative emotions—that they're bad and something to get rid of as soon as possible. As adults we worry that feeling them will be more painful than pretending they don’t exist. We tell ourselves to “suck it up” and distract ourselves with screen time, busyness, alcohol, drug use, etc. But avoidance compounds the pain, because then we feel bad about feeling bad.

Our difficult emotions are trying to tell us something is wrong, and science tells us that relief can be found in simply acknowledging the message our body is communicating.

www.daynajo.com

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©Dayna Mason, 2023

"Affect Labeling" - How to stop avoiding difficult emotions and heal
(By Dayna Mason)

From an early age we’re taught to suppress our negative emotions—that they're bad and something to get rid of as soon as possible. As adults we worry that feeling them will be more painful than pretending they don’t exist. We tell ourselves to “suck it up” and distract ourselves with screen time, busyness, alcohol, drug use, etc. But avoidance compounds the pain, because then we feel bad about feeling bad.

Our difficult emotions are trying to tell us something is wrong, and science tells us that relief can be found in simply acknowledging the message our body is communicating.

www.daynajo.com

Subscribe to the Enrich Your Life Newsletter: https://dashboard.mailerlite.com/form...
©Dayna Mason, 2023

8 min

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