When Feeling Bad Becomes Normal

As humans, we are wired to experience a wide range of emotions. Some of these emotions are positive, like joy, happiness, and contentment, while others are negative, like anger, sadness, and frustration. While it is normal and healthy to experience negative emotions from time to time, we have to be very careful not to let them become the norm in our lives.

When negative emotions become normal, we start to accept them as a natural part of our day-to-day lives. This can be dangerous because it can lead to a cycle of constantly feeling bad, which can have a detrimental impact on our mental and physical health.

For example, if we are constantly feeling stressed or anxious, it can lead to high levels of cortisol in our bodies, which can increase our risk of developing a range of health problems, from heart disease to depression. Similarly, if we are always angry or frustrated, it can lead to strained relationships with others and a general sense of dissatisfaction with our lives.

So, what can we do to break the cycle of feel-bad normalcy and bring ourselves back towards a more balanced, feel-good routine? Here are some healthy ways to do so:

  • Practice honest gratitude: One of the best ways to counteract negative emotions is to focus on the positive things in our lives. Taking just a few minutes each day to write down what we are grateful for can help us shift our mindset towards a more positive perspective.
  • Find ways to relax: Whether it's through meditation, yoga, or simply taking a warm bath, finding ways to relax and de-stress can be incredibly helpful in breaking the cycle of negative emotions.
  • Connect with others: Spending time with loved ones, joining a social group, or even just talking to a friend on the phone can help us feel less alone and isolated, which can be a major contributor to negative emotions.
  • Focus on your self-care: Self-care means taking care of ourselves physically, mentally, and emotionally. This can include things like eating healthy, getting regular exercise, and taking time to do activities we enjoy.
  • Seek professional help: If negative emotions are affecting our daily lives and we are struggling to break the cycle on our own, seeking professional help from a therapist or counselor can be a valuable option.
Overall, it is important to remember that negative emotions are a normal part of life, but we have the power to choose how and when we respond to them. By taking proactive to break the cycle of negative emotions and cultivate a more positive perspective, we can improve our mental and physical health and live happier, more fulfilling feel-good lives. So, let's make a conscious effort to focus on the good, practice self-care, and stay connected to our loved ones, to break the chain of feel-bad normalcy and bring back balance and joy into our lives.
- Grady Pope