Inner Growth Word of the Day: Upset
Merriam-Webster Dictionary definition: (adj.) 1. emotionally disturbed or agitated.
Upset in a sentence: The types of situations or behaviors that can upset people, do so in different ways.
Upset in action: When you are emotionally shaken by something that is considered being upset.
Upset and inner growth: Becoming aware about the things that upset you allows you to explore each of those things from the inside-out, meaning you look within to understand why you get upset. This brings about inner growth from a self-awareness standpoint, as well as giving you the possibility to take action to change patterns you’re not necessarily happy about.
Upset and inner growth action steps:
- In-depth self-exploration questions: How does getting upset affect me? Why do I get upset? What have I learned from getting upset? How has getting upset affected my relationships? What impact has being upset about something had in my life? Do I get upset often? Is there something I would change about me and why or when I get upset?
- List or word bubble: Make a list or word bubble with upset at the center and then list or put around it all the words that come to mind associated with it. From that list pick five words that stand out the most for you emotionally. Expand on each in how they relate to being upset and what feelings they bring about in you.
- Bring your awareness to your feelings about getting upset and as you allow that first emotion to flow, also keep in mind the first thought that came to mind as you focused on the initial feeling. Give yourself some time to allow both thought and feeling to occupy your body and mind fully. Any other thoughts or feelings that arise, postpone for at least five minutes as your next feeling and thought to explore.
Your turn – Share your upset sentence, life examples, and inner growth action steps; and let me know if you’d like to see something added to our Inner Growth Word of The Day explorations 🙂