As behavior patterns dissolve, emotions can feel worse before they feel better. You can’t measure your progress by what you feel in the moment. Sometimes there is a burst of emotions as a pattern nears it breaking point.
We can’t measure progress by how we feel emotionally. Sometimes when emotional behavior patterns are nearing their breaking point the emotions are the strongest. Because your emotions are strong does not necessarily mean you are going backwards. It might mean things are about to change. The big difference is whether you are the observer of those patterns doing it with awareness, or whether they just sweep you up and carry you along. If it is the latter then you aren’t changing much.