11 Feelings Everyone Has That Shouldn’t Be Acted On

Sure, we’re all unique human beings with our own likes, dislikes, and experiences. One thing we do have in common, however, is the emotions we go through. No one is totally immune to feeling jealous, and everyone wants to be happy, whatever that means for the individual — and that’s just one example. But just because emotions exist doesn’t mean they need to be shown or acted on all the time, and doing so would be wrong. Here are some feelings we all have from time to time that, while we might occasionally give in, are better off pushed to the back of our minds.

  1. Wanting to slack off at work. You might be tempted to let someone else pick up your slack, but in the long term it’s not going to get you where you want to go… like out of this job and into a better one.
  2. The constant urge to skip the gym. Skipping the gym one night this week might be good, but not skipping the whole month. Everyone can think of a better way to spend an hour than running on a treadmill, but you know how pissed you’d be when you couldn’t fit into your skinny jeans.
  3. The desire to sleep with someone who’s already in a relationship. It happens all the time, but it shouldn’t. There are some circumstances where people fall in love with other people while they’re still involved with someone else, but for the most part cheating is pretty pointless.
  4. The temptation to blow all your money. Hey, if you can’t make rent, you might as well use what you’ve got to have a night of heavy drinking out on the town, right? Probably not.
  5. The murderous rage of PMS. Hormones are real, people. If you know you’re approaching that time of the month, you might want to at least try to reel in that mysterious anger that’s making you want to punch walls.
  6. Being too stressed for fun stuff. Ever worked like mad through the entire week and then felt like the weekend came too soon and that you should just keep the workflow going in order to avoid getting behind? Giving yourself a break sometimes to ahem, live, is going to be helpful for keeping your stress in check.
  7. Wanting to impress people. You don’t have to spend money you don’t have on a purse to impress some superficial friends that you don’t need. The real people will like the real you.
  8. Getting easily annoyed at our parents. Everyone has a moment (or 50 of them) where there mom is hounding them, and although being sassy is a popular method for dealing, it isn’t very mature, and we’re better off proving that we don’t need to be hounded by just being more mature.
  9. Wanting to apologize when you didn’t do anything wrong. Most of us don’t like when people are mad at us, and sometimes this drives us to apologize for things we didn’t do to calm the waters. That isn’t a great precedent for any healthy relationship, though, so skip the “I’m sorry” until it’s warranted.
  10. Road rage. Yeah, it’s so annoying that your drive is slow and it’s the fault of the drivers around you, but it’s also your fault and you probably don’t want to be yelled at more than the next guy does, so just keep it moving.
  11. Feeling like no one understands us. We think we’re so unique. Instead of wallowing alone, try talking to someone instead and see if there’s a chance that they’ve been through a similar situation.
Kate Ferguson is a Los Angeles local and freelance writer for a variety of blog and magazine genres. When she's not writing, the UC Davis graduate is focused on pursuits of the entertainment industry, spin class, and hot sauce. Look for article links, updates, (and the occasional joke) on Twitter @KateFerg or @WriterKateFerg, or check out her personal blog ThatsRandomKate.blogspot.com