Give Meaning to Your Emotions

Sometimes we don't know why we are feeling the way that we do. Understanding why we are experiencing certain emotions can provide insight and guide us to our next steps. Although these meanings are not definitive (and every person and situation is different) here is a general guideline to help you put meaning to your emotions.

Anxiety - shows you that you need to become present. Get out of your past and stop living in the fear of the future.

Disappointment - shows you that you tried for something, that you did not give in to apathy, and that you still care.

Guilt - shows you that you are still living life in other's expectations of what you should do.

Bitterness - shows you where you need to heal, and where you are still holding judgments of yourself and others.

Discomfort - shows you that you need to be mindful of the present, because you are being given an opportunity to change and to do something differently than you typically would.

Resentment - shows you that you are living in the past and not allowing the present to be as it is, or allowing people to be as they are.

Anger- shows you what you are passionate about, where your boundaries are, and what you believe needs to change about yourself or the world around you.

Shame - shows you that you are internalizing other people's beliefs about who you should be (or who you are), and that you need to reconnect with yourself.

Sadness - shows you the depth of your emotions, and the depth of your care for others and the world around you.

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