Less buffering – more ‘negative’ feelings?

Hi there,

Over the past months it’s been a recurring theme that I tend to really try and ‘run away’ from feeling any ‘negative’ emotions, through various forms of buffering. I’ve gained more awareness around this and have reduced the amount of buffering I engage in; at the same time it feels like I experience challenging emotions like fear and sadness more often. Is this a logical (and desired) side effect of buffering less, and should I just let this be for now so I can learn to feel my feelings; or are these feelings something I may want to change by changing my thoughts? I guess I’m not sure when I’m ready to start changing my models without this being another form of running away from my feelings?