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My “Negative Emotions” Are Doing Cartwheels In My Brain!

Can Chato Stewart do a cartwheel Mental Health humor cartoonist image1What’s more balanced, me, a 353 lbs. man, doing a cartwheel or my negative emotions?  It almost sounds like an oxymoron…”balanced negative emotions.” Nonetheless, there is a way to keep them in check!

Hey, if I can, at age of 41 and weighing in at 353 pounds,  still do a cartwheel then there is no reason for me not to be able to balance my negative emotions, too. Just doing a cartwheel is a huge self-esteem booster on its own.  Considering not long ago, I could not even stand for short periods of time without being in serious physical pain.

Due to my weight, I was almost housebound. Due to my mind, I was trapped with negative thoughts that swiped at my self-image like a whip with shards of glass and bones woven into it.  I had the case of the “UR’s!” (The UR is text talk abbreviation for “you’re.”)

In my case, in my head, it sounds like: You’re Fat! You’re ugly! You’re worthless! You’re stupid! You’re a piece of  ….!  On and on and over and over again.  It’s like water-boarding the mind. Sooner or later, you’re going to give into it; believe the negative, torturous thoughts.

Can A 353lbs. Man Really Do A Cartwheel?

The negative emotions can find balance and you can control them and I’ll prove it. If I can do a cartwheel, then you can quell the negative thinking!

Watch my video… did I make the cartwheel or did I break my neck?

Bobbi Emel is a therapist, speaker, author and fellow blogger here at Psych Central. Recently, she wrote something proving that curving the negative emotions is possible.   She gives 4 Ways to Shrink the Power of Negative Emotions

  1. Emotions are transient.

  2. You are not your emotions.

  3. Don’t give your emotions more power by buying into them.

  4.  Remember that you don’t have to – and many times can’t – get rid of an emotion entirely. And that’s okay.

I love her idea of NOT buying into negative emotions. Bobbi says: “The trouble with negative emotions begins when you buy into them and believe that they are more powerful than they really are…Just don’t buy into them.”

It’s about time we cut up the emotional credit card and get rid of our negative emotions… before I have to do more cartwheels!

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Chato Stewart

Chato Stewart has a mission, to draw and use humor as a positive tool to live, to cope with the debilitating effects symptoms of mental illness. Chato Stewart is a Mental Health Hero and Advocate. Recovery Peer Specialist board-certified in Florida. Chato is the artist behind the cartoons series Mental Health Humor, Over-Medicated, and The Family Stew - seen here in his blog posts. The cartoons are drawn from his personal experience of living with bipolar disorder (and other labels).

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Stewart, C. (2016). My “Negative Emotions” Are Doing Cartwheels In My Brain!. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from


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