Dealing with the Negative Emotions of Change Pt. 4

When there is an unexpected change, we normally react in one or more of the following ways: anxiety, fear, sadness and anger.  The change can be either negative or positive. The final negative emotion we will focus on is fear.

Many questions come with change.  I lost my job. Will I be able to pay my bills?  I’ve been diagnosed with a serious illness. What will be the outcome?  What about my family?   Continue reading

Dealing with the Negative Emotions of Change Pt. 3

When there is an unexpected change, we normally react in one or more of the following ways: anxiety, fear, sadness and anger.  The change can be either negative or positive. Sadness is the emotion we will focus on this month.

When I was in the third grade, my family moved into a new home.  It was so exciting.  My sister and I were getting new white beds for our room (so girly!), a larger yard. Oh yes, it was exciting!  But at the same time, I felt sad.  A part of me didn’t want the change.  I was leaving the familiar for the unfamiliar. I was going to miss the neighborhood where memories were made.  Continue reading

Dealing with the Negative Emotions of Change Pt. 2

When there is an unexpected change, we normally react in one or more of the following ways: anxiety, fear, sadness and anger.  The change can be either negative or positive. In this month’s post we will focus on the emotion of anxiety.

Anxiety can sometimes be confused with worry.  The difference is worry is experienced in our thoughts and does not interfere with our daily life.  However, worry can feed into anxiety.  Anxiety is an emotion in which a person experiences an unpleasant state of inner turmoil usually accompanied by nervous behavior that may interfere with your job and social life.

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Maneuvering the Emotional Roller Coaster

When it comes to change, your feeling can go from high to low in just a short emotional roller coasterperiod of time. I remember when God let me know that my season with the church I was attending was over. That last day, as I was leaving, I my heart was breaking. I knew that this must be what divorce felt like. But at the same time I had an overwhelming excitement that made me ask “God, what’s next? What’s in store for me?”   And it was such a beautiful day! I was sad about leaving the familiar, but excited about the new season I was entering into.  Continue reading