Detox diets are a great way to cleanse the body of toxins and impurities. They help boost energy, cleanse the liver, aid weight loss, reduce inflammation and promote healthy skin—just to name a few benefits. But did you ever wonder what it would be like to do an emotional detox?
Mental cleansing is becoming increasingly popular among health advocates who feel a holistic approach to overall wellness should include detoxification of the mind.
To me, this makes sense. On a day-to-day basis, we all encounter situations that cause us to be emotionally charged, be it anger, disappointment, anxiety, fear, jealousy or resentment. Even positive situations can elicit a strong emotional response that may need to be “tempered” by a relaxing mind cleanse.
An emotional detox helps rid the body of toxic contamination, such as old emotions you may be holding on to or bottled up feelings that need to be expressed. Perhaps your emotions are stagnant or stuck in a repetitive cycle. Maybe you’re missing that creative spark you once had, or maybe you’d like to be able to express yourself more clearly at work or in your relationships. Whatever your reason, an emotional detox can be just as beneficial as a physical detox.
You can make an appointment for an emotional detox session with a licensed Life Coach in your area, or if you’d rather, you can try a simple yet powerful emotional detox on your own by trying the following suggestions:
Acknowledge Your Feelings
For starters, give yourself permission to embrace your emotions rather than suppress them. Allow yourself at least five minutes to cry, yell, scream, feel sorry for yourself, throw an adult temper tantrum, or whatever else you need to do to rid yourself of any unhealthy emotional baggage you may be carrying. It’s best to do this someplace where your safety and the safety of others won’t be compromised, so I strongly recommend you refrain from bawling uncontrollably on your drive home from work or that you start screaming at the top of your lungs while standing in line at Starbucks.
If you’re someone who feels better with a shoulder to cry on, however, try sharing your feelings with a friend or surrounding yourself with people who will love and support you while you’re working through your emotions. (It’s very similar to calling your best friend at 3:30 in the morning after the worst date ever and blubbering about how you have the worst luck in love and that CPR can’t even revive your social life at this point.)
Meditate for Serious Mind Cleansing Benefits
After you’ve taken a moment to acknowledge and express your emotions, set aside at least 30 minutes of time for a mindful meditation session. Pick a time when you’re least likely to be interrupted by work/life distractions, and shy away from social media, news sites, Candy Crush Saga or any other form of electronic interference during this time. Instead, put your headphones on and listen to your favorite music, the sound of ocean waves, mystical Tibetan Bowls, or a guided meditation session (many of which can be listened to for free on YouTube).
No matter which option you choose, be sure it resonates with you and makes you feel calm. Be sure to close your eyes, take a series of deep, relaxing breaths, and simply “let your mind go”.
After a few minutes of garbled, seemingly random thoughts (something that I like to call ‘cerebral vomit’), your body should start to relax and your mind will calm down. As it does, you will experience strong feelings of positivity, emotional freedom, healing, love, hope, peace, health, wealth, prosperity, or anything else that’s synonymous with a vibrant, healthy, cobweb-free mind.
Ultimately, when you allocate time to connect with your inner-self, you’re helping your mind purge itself of the emotional garbage that keeps you from feeling your best. There really isn’t anything fancy or complicated about mind cleanses or emotional detoxes. What matters most is that you take time to express your feelings, heal your emotions, and quiet your mind.