• Debbie Covino, PhD

Bad Thought: I can’t escape this anxiety.

I sat with a client the other day who was feeling anxious. He’d had a bad day at work and traffic was unusually heavy on his way to see me. He wanted me to show him how to stop the feeling, and rather than tell him to breathe deeply or think of being in a safe haven, I simply encouraged him to allow the feeling to be there, to explore it with a kind of open curiosity. He did so, and not only did the anxiety pass in minutes, but he also began to feel less dread about reoccurrence of the emotion. I was reminded of a brief article I’d recently seen in Greater Good Magazine that features discomfort not as a feeling to be avoided or escaped (as so many of us regularly do) but as an opportunity to grow.


In “Embracing Discomfort Can Help You Grow,” Kira Newman cites a study in which participants who see their discomfort as a sign of personal growth complete challenging tasks more successfully. It seems we’re naturally wired to avoid uncomfortable feelings, but if we remember that life is a mix of pleasant and unpleasant experiences, we can become more resilient, more evolved persons.


You can find the article here: https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/embracing_discomfort_can_help_you_grow?utm_source=Greater+Good+Science+Center&utm_campaign=fda4e5c138-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_GG_Newsletter_May_5_2022&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_5ae73e326e-fda4e5c138-52366311



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