Can we talk about emotions for a few moments? Everyone has them; they are a part of life after all. When you have a chronic condition, they tend to play a more prominent role in your life.
Most people with chronic diseases will mention emotions of guilt, shame, fear, anger, disgust, frustration, and hopelessness. Let's sit with those for a moment. Feel them. They are heavy, aren't they? Probably far more cumbersome than you realized.
Perhaps you are like me, you collect these emotions and add them to the rest you are carrying with you. The thing with managing these emotions is that as we looked at earlier, they are heavy. The more you collect, the heavier the weight you carry around. And to what end? Why? There is no weight-lifting contest when it comes to carrying around emotions! The only thing you are doing is weighing yourself, your esteem, and your soul with these negative feelings that aren't even accurate.
Now even if you don't want to admit it, I know you have other emotions, you know, the lighter ones. I know you emotions such as joy, happiness, love, hope, satisfaction, pride, contentment, appreciation, gratitude, and courage. They are so powerful, but they are also fleeting because of their airiness. If we don't take the time to acknowledge them, they will pass us by sooner.
The key is to let the heavier ones go, acknowledge their presence, try to pinpoint why you feel that way, and then let it go. When the light emotions come, hold them close to you, let them take you on an uplifting journey.