Perhaps you juice, eat lots of superfoods, and sweat out all the toxins. But what about your emotions? Do you make sure to detox them regularly?
I’ll admit, I often neglect the emotional aspect of detoxification. Probably because my education is around diet. But emotions can build up and become as toxic as any physical chemical.
So it becomes essential to detox those negative emotions. Otherwise they can control your everyday happiness. And you’re left feeling just as crappy as when you’re eating poorly
A case for the emotional detox.
An emotional detox isn’t one where you bury all the negative emotions. I’ve done that, and it doesn’t make you feel better. It just makes your brain feel believe it has got a handle of things. Meanwhile, your body is paying the physical price.
This happened to me a few years ago when I experienced multiple emotional blows in a short time-frame. I told myself I was handling it. That I was focusing on the positive and keeping myself productively busy. And my brain believed it.
But I started experiencing stomach upset soon after. And then my sleep fell apart. And before I knew it, my life was upside down. All while telling myself I was in control.
Maybe you’ve experienced something like this. Or maybe your reaction wasn’t as drastic. Perhaps you were just left with a feeling of exhaustion and a lack of vibrancy. Or you just didn’t seem yourself.
The point of an emotional detox.
The goal of an emotional detox is simple. It’s to let go of the toxic emotions in a way that honors them. It doesn’t mean that you’ll no longer feel the negative emotions. It just means that these emotions will no longer define or control you.
This detox is a combination of the things that have worked well for me. And it took some time to develop. The hurt emotions initially seemed too powerful.
How often you do an emotional detox is completely up to you. I think once a week is a minimum. But it’s nice to take a few moments everyday to acknowledge your emotions and clear them. And of course, make sure to sign up to talk to a professional when needed. You can’t always heal on your own.
A 5-Minute Emotional Detox
Here’s my favorite 5-minute emotional detox. I strive to do this on a daily basis. It doesn’t always work out, and I try not to get down on myself for it. Bringing in negative emotions would negate the point of an emotional detox, right?
Accept your emotions. There’s nothing wrong with anything you feel. Tell yourself you’re entitled to feel.
Remind yourself that your emotions don’t define your existence. They are simply your perception of a situation, whether good or bad. While valid, they aren’t an absolute truth.
Close your eyes and take 10 breaths in and out. Feel the air entering and leaving your body. You breath is an example of something real. Your breath keeps you alive. Your emotions aren’t your life.
On the last breath, release your grip on the negative emotions Let go of holding on to them so tightly. Let them be free.
Stretch your body, Move through any place that feels tense. Part of an emotional detox is letting go of stored emotions in the body.
You create your own life
There’s so much you can’t control in life.. And you certainly will never be able to control others. But there’s one thing that is under your control. And that is the power you give your emotions over your life.
You must acknowledge your emotions. Otherwise, you’re giving them the power to hurt you. But you also need to put them in their place. They’re part of your existence, but they don’t define you.
Do you have a favorite way to emotionally detox? Is this something you’ve considered before? Do you feel like you take the time to fully acknowledge what you’re feeling in a day. Let me know in the comments below!