I am bipolar. That’s not really important, but suffice it to say I’ve had more than my share of negative emotions.
I have recurring nightmares about the past and I run the gamut of negative emotions on a daily basis. It’s a delicate balance traipsing the line of feeling emotions and being consumed by them.
My faith has definitely made me able to not only confront my negative emotions but turn them into positive energy. When I get stuck in a downward spiral of thinking, I pause. I take a step back and do two things. First, I thank God for the experience he is offering me and for helping me through it. Then, I tell my wife how much I love her and how important she is to me.
Nowadays it works like a trigger. Negative emotions = thank God and tell my wife I love her. It’s almost like flipping a switch anymore. It halts negative thoughts and emotions immediately. But without God and his gift, my wife, I believe that the whole process would never have occurred to me. -Zach M.