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Top Tips To Embracing Negative Emotions

Written by: Moira Hutchison, Executive Contributor

Executive Contributors at Brainz Magazine are handpicked and invited to contribute because of their knowledge and valuable insight within their area of expertise.


We often view negative emotions as things that happen to us. However, emotions are phenomena that we create. Emotions can have an external trigger, but there are things you must do to experience and maintain a full-blown emotion.

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Emotions are not an external condition that has to be endured.

In fact, your negative emotions can be incredibly useful if you know how to use them effectively. Your negative emotions can save you from a lot of grief and provide an opportunity to make your life even better.

Use these strategies to allow your negative emotions to serve you:

1. Recognize that negative emotions are a sign.

A negative emotion is simply a part of your brain telling you that it thinks something is wrong. Fear is just a message that there might be a danger. Anger suggests that someone may have violated your expectations or values

2. Identify the emotion.

Name your emotion. What exactly are you feeling? Are you scared, anxious, upset, discombobulated, furious, sad? It is easier to work with a negative emotion if you name it first.

3. Identify the reason for the negative emotion.

What is causing you to feel this way? Did someone lie to you? Do you have more bills than you can pay? Is your life not what you expected it to be? Did your partner leave you?

  • When you know the cause of a negative emotion, you can begin to figure out how to handle it

4. Determine what, if anything, you can do about the situation.

Some situations are beyond your control, and there is little you can do. In these situations, there is no value in feeling a negative emotion or worrying about what to do next

  • If you can determine that there is something you can do to make the situation better, your negative emotion has served its purpose.

5. Focus on solutions.

Turn your attention to finding a possible solution to your situation. If you don’t have enough money, you might look for a higher-paying job, find a second job, or reduce your spending. Avoid dwelling upon your anxiety and focus upon the solution.

  • Have a solution for the current situation and the future. Dealing with the current situation is one thing. Actively preventing the same situation from occurring is what highly successful people do.

6. Make a plan.

Make a detailed plan to address the cause of your negative emotion. Following the plan is crucial.

  • Many people are great at making plans, but poor at fulfilling them. You don’t want to be one of those people. Make a plan and follow it.

  • You will be surprised by how much you can accomplish if you make a committed effort to do something as well as you can over time.

7. Let go of the negative emotion.

If a negative emotion is just a message, there is no reason to hold onto it after you have received the message. Just relax and let it go. Whether you can improve the situation or not, the negative emotion is no longer of value. Just move on.

Negative emotions can certainly be unpleasant and even overwhelming at times. What is important is to recognize that a negative emotion is just a message to pay attention. Determine what that message is and react appropriately.

Strong emotions limit your ability to make good choices. Once you have received the message, release the emotion, and put your solution into place.

Your negative emotions can serve you. Use an intelligent decision-making process when choosing a course of action.

For more information and tips on accessing your inner guidance to align with YOUR best success, follow Moira on Facebook, Instagram, or LinkedIn, join her Facebook Community, or visit her website!


Moira Hutchison, Executive Contributor, Brainz Magazine

As an Intuitive Coach, Mindset Mentor, Energy Healer, Meditation Teacher & Tarot Card Reader, Moira Hutchison guides her clients to access the innate power they have available when they ignite their personal trinity of trust, inner awareness, and self-confidence.

Moira works with professionals who feel that there is something better in life for them, but they have no idea how to access it. However, they have a yearning to be guided by their intuition and align with their unique calling.

What makes her distinctive and different in this work is that she has developed the ability to take complex, energetic, and spiritual ideas and interpret them in ways that people find easy to understand, integrate and implement.



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