Well Being | Putting negative feelings to good use

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We should always seek to see the positive in everything, but it’s hard when those negative feelings overpower you.

Even the most optimistic and positive of people have off days. Unfortunately, we all face obstacles and negative thoughts that can quickly turn our positive outlook on its head.

While it may be easy for some to say that they don’t regret anything in life, others spend much of their time contemplating the actions that they ‘should’ have done otherwise.

Instead of thinking of all those things that you could have done or paths you could be now following, look at your decisions in a different light.

If it was a bad move that you regret, use it as a motivating factor to achieve something else in its place. Many regret not travelling in their younger years, for instance. Start to save and plan to travel more in the years to come. Don’t punish yourself for past decisions; be more compassionate and forgive yourself for such actions.

Similarly, guilt can also overwhelm your thoughts. Whatever has happened, what have you learned from the overall experience? Can you make the situation better in any way? Identify what happened, and how you can avoid a similar situation in the future.

Shame is something we all experience at some stage in our lives, and it can be an immensely lonely emotion. Once again, don’t be too hard on yourself. Are you really a bad person, or just human? What would you say to your friend if they were in a similar position?

Envy can be one of the most potent causes of unhappiness. Identify who and what exactly you are envy off, and take action to eradicate it. Taking that person off your social media feeds, for example, is one way to do this. Instead of dwelling on someone else’s fortune, focus on what you have achieved and how you can make your own life better.