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Letting It Go: Getting Past Negative Emotions

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Holding on to negative emotions for longer than you need to can really affect your daily life. Over time, it can affect your long-term health too. But there are ways to let go of negative emotions and move forward. Here are some tips.

This info is about letting go of negative emotions, like anger, sadness, resentment, and frustration. The advice given here is for people dealing with everyday life stresses. The advice isn't meant for people coping with the effects of abuse, violence, or other trauma. If that's you, you still might find some tips here that you can use. But recovering from trauma may involve trying different strategies and getting help from a mental health professional.

Recognizing your emotions and learning how to get past those that aren't helping you is a skill. So you might not be a pro at it right away. That's okay. With some time and practice, your skills will get stronger.

If you're still having a hard time after you've practiced for a while, think about getting some help from a counselor. A counselor can help you process your emotions and help you learn strategies that work best for you.

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Current as of: June 16, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:
Andrew Littlefield PhD - Psychology, Behavioral Health

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