When it comes to emotions, the two extremes that people live in are avoidance and immersion.
The problem with both of these strategies is that they make things worse.
By avoiding the emotion, we keep it trapped; and by dwelling on it, we give it strength.
The more we ignore it, the more it seeks our attention; and the more we surrender to it, the more it demands our obedience.
We need to realize that an emotion is meant to be a dancing leaf that passes, but unfortunately, we end up being the ones that ground it, and once we allow the leaf to grow roots, releasing it becomes a temporary impossibility.