Strength to stand

The thing to do when you’re not feeling well or any unwanted feeling isn’t to do something else that’s thrilling or mind-numbing to perhaps inject some of that feel-good rush into your mood, because you’re not compartmentalized like that and breaking up your presence is worse than whatever you’re feeling. Basically, a quick-fix isn’t worth it. But it’s to stay present and try to make it as comfortable as possible in how you feel about the mood change. Dissociating into a parallel activity might provide momentary enjoyment but it only makes things worse because it introduces resistance to your feelings. In essence, it’s not about fixing what comes up but about knowing how to deal with the unpredictable, through your unconditional self-acceptance. It’s learning to adapt to yourself and in that adaptation there’s emotional stability.

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