Some days are easy; other days, not so much – BUT THAT’S OK! On days when you feel like giving up, you need to take break from that emotional rollercoaster.
People were created to feel an array of emotions, not just happiness. It’s important to acknowledge how you are feeling, but it’s also important to not let negative emotions overwhelm you. What has already happened can’t change. Did you fail a test or have a disagreement with your best friend? It’s easy to dwell on negative events, but it’s beneficial to let go of what you can’t change.
Here’s a tip to get through the tough days; adopt The 5×5 Rule: If whatever is making you sad or angry won’t matter in five years, don’t give it more than five minutes.
Allow yourself to feel whatever emotion you felt instantly, but don’t let that emotion make your day or the week turn upside down. After five minutes of acknowledging your feelings, take a couple more minutes to calm down. Listen to your favorite song, meditate, or grab something to eat.
Once you are calm and ready to move on, begin with a new mindset like you just got out of bed. You are content; capable of accomplishing everything on your to-do list. You are going to get through the day. This method lets you recognize your emotions while not letting the tough moments control your life.
Take control of what you can and remember it’s ok to not be ok. No one is perfect. Give yourself a break when you can by hitting reset with the 5×5 Rule.
Story authored by Lorrigan Puls
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