Awareness, Not Avoidance.
Has anyone ever said to you "just be happy!" when you are so clearly not in a place where "just being happy" is on the table?
In my blogs, I talk a lot about the power of your mind and how you choose the way you view your circumstances. I truly believe that, and I know that each and every one of you has the power to be happy, if that's what you choose. There are so many other things you can be though, even in the same situation you can feel any number of emotions. I think it is important to note that sometimes it's absolutely okay to choose to be _________ (fill in the blank with whatever "bad" emotion you are feeling).
Some people were taught that they shouldn't feel or express anger, sadness, fear etc.. but that doesn't have to be true for you anymore. It is completely okay to feel these "bad" emotions (lets just call them emotions from now on, since they aren't "bad"). Sometimes, you need to allow yourself the space to really feel what's going on for you. When you become aware of your feelings and really allow yourself to dig deep, it gives you the ability to learn, gain control and move yourself forward.
The key point here is having the awareness of your options and consciously choosing whatever emotions serve you in that moment. I challenge you to work on recognizing your emotions this week, rather than simply avoiding them.