This is the opposite of what we’ve been told to do.

The typical response to uncomfortable feelings is to ignore them. To grind through. Hoping that we can kill these feelings with sheer tyranny of will.

But ignoring uncomfortable, challenging feelings doesn’t make them go away. They get pushed to the side. They pile up.

And once the pile gets high enough, it’ll collapse back on us.

Instead of pushing through, stop. Let the feeling come in. Sit with it. Get to know it. Recognise what you feel.

Where does it come from? What is it telling you? Giving your full attention to these feelings is how they lose their strength.

And then, you can return to the task at hand.