Three Ways Acceptance Helps You Work with Difficult Emotions
How to deal with negative thoughts and feelings? According to Zindel Segal, a distinguished Professor of Psychology in Mood Disorders at the University of Toronto Scarborough, the answer lies simply with the Concept of Acceptance. Supported by his involvement with Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), he has the following tips:
1. “Allowing negative emotions to exist in our lives – for the moment – does not mean that we’ve chosen not to take action” This means having the awareness to carefully reflect on your emotions, ensuring to understand them before actively making a choice about how to deal with them.
2. “Denying that a negative mindset is taking place is riskier for your mental health” A common response such as “I should be strong enough to handle this” does not help one cope with emotions. Segal suggests altering to “Ah, fear is here” or “Judgement is present” thus, allowing yourself to experience negative thoughts and feelings.
3. “Acceptance helps you work through each unpleasant experience” The practice of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) teaches ways of “allowing an experience and letting it be” that most people have difficulty following. Segal advocates that constant training in mindfulness meditation which requires working through the body can help identify feelings such as
anxiety that can manifest as tightness in the chest. This awareness and repeated practice over time can help us cope through difficult experiences.
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