It’s OK to feel like crap every now and then. Don’t beat yourself up when you have a bad day.
Yup, it’s OK to feel angry, grumpy, sad, or pissed off sometimes—even if you don't know why.
In fact, it’s OK to feel every emotion under the stars from time to time. After all, our emotions are ours to have. They’re what make us human. They're meant to be felt—every damn one of them. Sometimes they’re prickly and sometimes they hurt, but that's just what it means to be alive.
Cry, stomp, kick and scream… until you can’t.
Let it out—just don't get violent or take it out on anyone or anything other than your pillow. Sit in a corner and pout. Meditate. Watch some overly dramatic romantic comedies. Crank your music loud. Go for a run—just don’t do anything that’ll cause yourself harm.
Vent the stress that’s built up inside of you, you’ll never be able to relax until you release some of that energy. The point is to feel your feelings, fully—not to drown them and forget them. The feelings may be gross, but they’re the exact medicine you need.
And then, once you've finally drained yourself from all of those negative vibes... get up, brush yourself off, and get on with living.
Let your emotions know they’ve been felt and heard—do something constructive—research your pain. Observe where the feelings originated from. What are their symptoms and what are their source? Inquire within.
Feel your feelings, fully—just don’t languish in them for too long.
Don't let them carry you away or grind you down—use them as a scrubbing agent only. Use them to purge the negativity that's running through your blood and brain.
Use them to reset your mind.
Crummy feelings aren't meant to be lingered upon forever, they're meant to be cleansed, rinsed and discarded. So feel your feelings, let go and move on. Tomorrow’s a new day. Often a good night’s rest will reboot your system.
If you find that you keep returning to that same negative mental headspace, then you probably need to take care of something that you've being resisting. What remains undone? Is there a fear that’s haunting you? Pull it out from underneath the bed, expose it and shine your light of attention onto it. Fears hate the intensity of your focus and mindful awareness—they’ll often just curl up and fade away once you realize the thoughts have no substance.
Feelings are meant to be felt, both the good and the bad.
In order to feel the highs, we also must feel the lows—we can’t have one without the other; it’s a package deal.
So ride out the crummy times and know they won’t last long. Don’t resist and they’ll dissolve quicker than you think.