Alana: I think 🤔 they’re also #jealous of you. Don’t you think so? So hold your head up high and make new friends. #BeBold, Alana, I know you can be!
I feel like I always have problems, and I don’t know what to do. What advice do you have for me?
You can’t prevent problems, but you can control what they mean…. My problem is that I can’t ever catch a squirrel. I could think “I’m a failure, I never catch a squirrel” or I could think “Every day I get to chase squirrels, which I love, and take on the ultimate challenge!” …Which way would you rather live? #DeepThoughts
Candice: You are not weird, Having your own needs and preferences makes you YOU, not weird. You do you, and I am sure your hooman will understand…… My friends at @idogtify make beautiful tags that have messages on them – maybe you’re human would get you one of those? btw do you like hashtag #dogsinchairs ❓
Dear Jo:Stop thinking about your thoughts…. being mad at yourself or worrying about feeling bad just makes it worse…. Just let yourself feel bad or think negative thoughts for a little while, & then try to move on. Let me know how it goes. #NowIsNow
The Inside Story
Feeling bad about yourself isn’t fun, but it’s part of life sometimes. Mishu’s message is to stop feeling bad about feeling bad — it only makes it worse.
Negative emotions are a normal part of life
Everyone feels bad about themselves at some point. It’s normal. But we make it worse when we worry about our worries, or feel bad about our bad feelings.
Anxiety often takes the form of worrying not just about tangible things, but about the fact that we’re worrying. Or, if you tend to be critical of yourself, getting angry at yourself when you find yourself doing that.