Do you frequently struggle to shake off bad moods? Or wish you could bounce back a little faster from stressful or frustrating experiences?

Maybe you have a hard time sticking with your goals and commitments because of difficult emotions like shame or anxiety?

If so, you’re not alone.

Most of us struggle with our emotions because we were never taught much about them or how they work.

Instead, from a young age, most of us simply learned to think about difficult emotions as something to be avoided or gotten rid of as quickly as possible.

Think about it:

Every time you were told as a child to “cheer up, it’s not so bad” you were implicitly learning that it’s not okay to feel sad or worried or angry.

Unfortunately, when we learn at such a young age that to feel bad is bad, it sets us up for a lifetime of conflict and confusion with our own moods and emotions.

The dangers of emotional avoidance
The Case for Emotional Fitness — by Nick Wignall