When you avoid uncomfortable experiences or emotions, one of the pathways you are strengthening is suppression. Neuroscience tells us that suppression is the least effective way to deal with emotions and stress because they will show up again and again in one form or another, sometimes unexpectedly.
When you are aware that you are avoiding, look at these moments as opportunities to build resilience. By confronting, processing, and practicing communicating “negative” emotions in a healthy way, it strengthens your ability to navigate them, creating positive emotional intelligence. Ultimately, rewiring a stronger connection to your center.
These uncomfortable emotions serve us. They guide us into alignment. They signal us to speak our truth. They let us know when a boundary has been crossed. They also give us an opportunity to bounce back. Avoidance only feeds and extends the uncomfortable emotions you're avoiding.