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Negative emotions that can be lived in a healthy way, advice from a specialist, psychologist Simona Ionita

Constant negative states lead to increased stress levels and can affect physical health. However, there are things you can do to reduce the intensity and duration of negative emotions.

According to psychologist Simona Ionita, negative thoughts cannot be ignored. “If you are obsessed with the situation you are going through, whatever you do, don’t say: I have to stop thinking about this!” Instead, you should identify and name the emotion you are experiencing.

Negative emotions can make us sick.

“Instead of trying to turn off your negative emotions, acknowledge them and accept them. The simple act of identifying the core emotion of your negative feelings can begin to reduce their intensity. For example, sadness manifests itself as a “lump in the throat,” lacrimation, crying, and withdrawal.

The type and severity of sadness can vary depending on the cause and how you deal with such feelings. Sadness can cause you to use coping mechanisms such as avoiding other people, self-medicating, and ruminating on negative thoughts. This behavior can increase the feeling of sadness and prolong the duration of the emotion,” explains psychologist Simona Ionita, author of the blog www.psihologsimonaionita.ro.

Anger is another negative feeling that is manifested by muscle tension, jaw tension, screaming, arguing, and fighting.

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“Anger can be a particularly powerful emotion, characterized by feelings of hostility, agitation, and frustration. Like fear, anger can play a role in the fight-or-flight response and can become a problem when it is excessive or expressed in ways that are unhealthy, dangerous, or harmful to others. Uncontrolled anger can quickly escalate into aggression, abuse, or violence and is associated with coronary heart disease and diabetes. It was also associated with health risk behaviors such as aggressive driving, drinking alcohol and smoking,” says psychologist Simona Ionita.

Fear, which psychologist Simona Ionita describes as follows: “An emotional reaction to an immediate threat, is also correlated with a negative impact on health. You may also develop a similar reaction to anticipated threats or even thoughts of potential danger, and this is what is considered anxiety. Social anxiety, for example, involves anticipated fear of social situations.

Over time, untreated fear leads to heart disease, ulcers, panic attacks, or depression.

When negative thoughts make you feel anxious and depressed, take a deep breath. Practicing mindful breathing can help reduce your stress response and calm anxious thoughts.”

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Negative emotions that can be lived in a healthy way, advice from a specialist, psychologist Simona Ionita