A few months ago, I woke up feeling extremely anxious. Though I’ve struggled with anxiety in the past, I hardly ever get anxious now, so this struck me as odd. Where did this feeling come from?
When I really sat and thought about it, this bout of anxiety revolved around a conversation I’d had about someone I worked with. Once I finally calmed down, I realized that my feelings and my actions are largely intertwined.
Think about that for a moment. If you’re feeling sad, have you noticed that you tend to walk more slowly, likely with your head down? Yet, if we’re feeling happy, we typically bounce around with a little pep in our step, eyes facing forward and head tilted up because we’re ready to take on the world.
In this way, our emotions can dictate how we interact with the world. They can shape our behavior and control our actions. If they’re strong enough, our emotions can even influence our future.
But, if we look at them closely, aren’t emotions just a form of energy? An internal force that drives us to act in a way that correlates directly with the particular emotion that we’re feeling?
Sometimes, this emotional energy is good because it actually helps us make the right move. For instance, if you’re unhappy with your life, that physical sensation of discomfort can literally push you to take actions that move you in a direction that shifts how you feel.
If it’s a strong emotion, a strong energy, it may be motivating enough all on its own. If not, what are some things you can do to use that emotion positively, so it acts in your favor? What actions can you take that will help you feel like you’re on more solid ground?
When you can do this, when you recognize that your emotions are nothing more than an energy that will eventually pass, and when you figure out how to use them to your advantage, you’re better able to respond to them in a way puts them to the best use.