Emotions From Inside Out, Pt. 5: Stop Being Sad?

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8 Responses

  1. Catherine says:

    Hi Megan,

    I’ve actually never seen this movie, but now I kinda have to. What you are saying is exactly what I think. I believe that we should feel everything that we live, and that it’s ok to not also be “happy go-lucky”. Being sad or depressed, disappointed (worst feeling ever in my book), stressed, and all the other emotions that society seems to depict as “no good” are part of human nature.

    Like you said, to full appreciate joy we must experience sadness, just like fear provides the opportunity to experience courage, needs an opportunity for generosity, and so on. I live by these values and love that you are touching upon them.

    I had never seen fitness in this angle before, thanks for opening my eyes to a whole new way of looking at exercice.

    Catherine

    • Megan says:

      Hey Catherine! So glad you enjoyed the read, and were able to connect it to fitness from a different light. So many fitness gets that “hardcore” rep, and I get why…but there’s plenty of room for some feels along the way, too 😉 Understanding ourselves on the inside is key to making progress on the outside – Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Esteban says:

    Hey,
    Very nice post. I have a deep sadness inside me which only gets to come out to the surface when things remind me of the traumatic experiences I’ve been through. But otherwise I’m quite a strong person. I know that everything you’ve written about being sad and eating bad and that becoming a vicious cycle is very true. I didn’t really experience it because of sadness just because of laziness really.
    I think my job caused a lot of stress and anger in me as well which led to eating badly. But the problem is the less you exercise and the worse you eat, the lower your energy levels will be.
    People should watch out for this and this is precisely what you’ve outlines here :)
    Good post!
    Esteban

    • Megan says:

      It really is crazy how terrible you can start to feel when you don’t eat high quality foods and don’t move your body. It’s a huge mind game that’s tough to win, which is why it’s so important to have good people around you that support you and/or have similar goals. They can help drive you through those tough times, and get you to where you want to be.

  3. Chris says:

    Great article Megan,

    I think that it’s good to experience the full range of emotions. If there was no sadness then we would how would we know what joy is. We need a contrast to know what it means to be truly human.
    I even intentionally engage with feelings of anger and sadness before each meal when I read my motivation list. I link emotional pain to overeating since it helps to not consume too much.
    In fact the only time I overeat is when I get so excited watching the footy on the weekend. That and when there’s a family celebration. Thanks again for this wonderful read.

    Chris

    • Megan says:

      I totally get the overeating when watching sports and at family gatherings. I’m nervous for American football season to get here, haha! Though, I do have some good, clean gameday recipes I use….anyway, I think it’s awesome that you are able to link some of the emotional pain to not overeating. It’s awesome when we can use those feeling that seem so negative, for positive things. Thanks for reading, Chris :)

  4. Jonas says:

    I have not seen the movie Inside Out, but I’m going to now, for sure.
    This is something I have not really thought about before, but it does make sense. Since I started working out, I filled the void of unhappy feelings, and also made out another purpose for me to wake up every day. A goal in my life, which leads to staying away from unhealthy food, so that I get time over to Feel more.

    Great article. Thank you!

    • Megan says:

      I think you’ll love it, Jonas! Very good movie, and really gets you thinking — sounds like you have a good thing going with working out. It’s amazing what a sense of purpose can do for the mind :)

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