Happy Monday with Dr. Krissy 🧠
“No more TOXIC POSITIVITY”
Toxic positivity is the belief that no matter how difficult a situation is … people should keep a positive mindset. It is the “good vibes only” approach.
While there are benefits to thinking positive there are also drawbacks to avoid dealing with difficult situations.
Toxic positivity denies us the ability to face challenging emotions that can ultimately lead to growth and deeper insight.
There are parts of our brain that process emotion and other parts that help us think through solutions and responses. These brain areas influence each other.
👉🏽Without using them both we deny ourselves the opportunity to learn how to adapt to difficult situations in the future.
So feel those emotions, undersatand what they mean and learn how to cope through the reality.
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Here are a few ideas on how to escape the toxic positivity trap.
- Acknowledge how you feel. If something doesn’t feel right, allow yourself to acknowledge and feel it
- Watch your words. Watch your language with others and also with yourself.