How to Get Rid of Toxic Emotions
As we approach the holidays, seeing family and friends can sometimes trigger memories or feelings that we’ve been repressing or leaving unresolved. The holidays are already a time of stress and burnout, so we need to remember to be good to ourselves and take steps to be healthy. Our emotional, physical and mental health are important to our wellness and wellbeing.
One way we can do this is to visit a provider of emotional release. The concept of emotional release seems quite simple, to just let go of any negative emotions that you might be holding onto. But, as one of our Helthe Connect providers, Diane MacDonald of Raincoast Elemental Wellness and Consulting Inc., says, “The concept of releasing may seem simple on the surface. Perhaps even like child’s play. As simple as releasing a balloon. But, releasing is actually quite difficult and takes dedication and discipline.”
What is it?
So, what is emotional release all about then?
Essentially, it’s about recognizing, processing, and clearing away negative emotions and painful memories. It’s a difficult process that can trigger trauma, depending on your background, and you should consult with your medical professional before beginning.
Why is it important?
Repressed emotions, or even ones that you fully well know are there, can fester like an open wound. Holding onto negative emotions eventually translates into somatic negativity as well. From carrying the negative stress in our hearts and minds, we begin to carry it in our bodies as well. Buried pain begins to manifest as anxiety, fear, depression, anger, and shame. Physiologically, we begin to feel:
- Tightened muscles, to the point of developing chronic headaches, back pain, muscle strains
- Gastrointestinal unease, to the point of developing ulcers and irritable bowel syndrome
- Tired, to the point of developing chronic fatigue and adrenal burnout
How is it done?
By working with a provider who is skilled in the process of emotional release, you can begin to take back control of your psyche and emotions. We’re not talking about just analyzing them - that’s actually part of the problem - that we’ve been trained for so long to think, rethink, and overthink each interpersonal interaction in our lives that we stay trapped in that event. We need to process and let go. We need to be guided, through mediation or relaxation, to become an outside observer when reflecting on our past until we can acknowledge then release the emotion.
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