With springtime upon us, maybe you are taking some time to throw out stuff you no longer use; it’s a great time to de-clutter and spruce up your home, yard, and work space. Just as you discard junk, clear out dust and dirt, and let the sunshine and fresh spring air in, you can do the same with old negative emotions that don’t serve you.
At our most basic level, we are made up of energy, and so are our emotions. When we experience hurtful or traumatic events in life, those unresolved emotions can become trapped in our physical bodies. These trapped emotions, commonly known as emotional baggage, can cause us to make wrong assumptions and sabotage relationships. They cause mental and emotional distress, including depression and anxiety, and contribute to all kinds of physical disease, from chronic pain to cancer.
Research shows that negative states of mind – depression, anxiety, loneliness, anger, hostility, or chronic stress – increase the risk of heart disease and are debilitating for many Americans. And stress levels keep rising, damaging our mental and physical health, according to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America: Coping with Change survey.
For going on three decades, I’ve been studying how trapped emotions harm our health, and teaching people how to release them to overcome their damaging effects. With the arrival of spring and new life blooming, this is a great time to spring clean your emotional clutter. Here are five tips:
- Find and release trapped emotions: Unresolved emotions from negative and traumatic life experiences are responsible for guiding (or misguiding) our choices on a daily basis. For example, if you have a trapped emotion of anger from a past event, you'll be more likely to become angry when future situations arise that may upset you. Becoming aware of and acknowledging feelings that lurk beneath the surface is an important first step. Instructions for identifying and releasing trapped emotions are available for free at www.EmotionCodeGift.com.
- Listen To Your Body (and Say “No” When Necessary): You shouldn't volunteer to take on additional tasks if it interferes with your health, your family, or your stress level – it won't be worth it. Although many of us have a hard time saying “no,” sometimes it is necessary for our own health and well-being.
- Exercise Daily: Too busy to work out? Look for ways to incorporate more activity into your routine. Find a way to work exercise into your daily chores. For instance, you might challenge yourself to get the whole house cleaned in half the normal time. Make a goal to walk a certain number of minutes or steps, as briskly as you can, every day. Getting your heart pumping and blood flowing causes your brain to release endorphins, which relieve pain and make you feel good. That will increase your motivation to exercise regularly.
- Eat Right: When you go out to eat with friends, come prepared with stories to tell so you’ll talk more; as a result, you’ll eat more slowly. Eat your salad first so you fill up on live food instead of the sugary, fattening stuff and processed foods. Remember your body's needs and respect them.
- Take a Breather: If you find people you are with are making you feel stressed out, go outside for a few minutes to get some fresh air.
When somebody says something that rubs you the wrong way, take a deep breath, pause, and ask yourself if you're overreacting. Recognize your own feelings and analyze what the other person meant to say. Give the other person the benefit of the doubt – it's likely no offense was meant. If you aren't sure, ask for clarification, then respond appropriately, with kindness, with love, and with forgiveness if you can. Some people really don't have a handle on their behavior, but it doesn't have to affect how you feel. It doesn't have to be your problem.
About the Author: A holistic Chiropractic Physician and Medical Intuitive, Dr. Bradley Nelson is one of the world’s foremost experts in the emerging fields of Bioenergetic Medicine and Energy Psychology. He has certified thousands of practitioners worldwide in helping people overcome unresolved anger, depression, anxiety, loneliness, and other negative emotions and the physical symptoms associated with them. His bestselling book, "The Emotion Code," provides step-by-step instructions for working with the body's healing power. Download a free copy of the ebook and the audiobook by visiting www.EmotionCodeGift.com.
Author and international lecturer in bio-energetic medicine and energy psychology, Dr. Brad has successfully used The Emotion Code with thousands of patients around the globe to relieve symptoms and often effect cures in conditions ranging from depression to cancer. His best-selling book, The [...]