Today I woke up verrrry out of sorts.
Ordinarily I'd try to *think* my way out of feeling like that; dissecting the 'why' of the bad feelings, reminding myself I have a good life and trying to flip my thinking from negative to positive blah blah blah.
This morning, I decided I was tired of always trying to think bad feelings away! I decide to leave them alone. I stuck music in my ears and went for a 20 minute walk instead.
And, over the course of the morning the worst of the angst-yness dissipated. All by itself.
We've been conditioned (mostly by marketers) to believe that any 'bad' feeling must be gotten rid of as quickly as possible.
The thing is, most bad feelings aren't bad. They just 'are'. The more we overthink them, the worse we feel because reminding ourselves 'Hey, you have a good life, you don't get to feel like this', is just a form of self-flagellation.
So ... give it a try the next time you feel a little bleh. Don't try to control the feelings away. Leave them be and see what happens.