There are more and more nutritional plans that propose cleaning your body, especially after excesses. But there is a time when you need to take care of yourself beyond what you eat. We present four steps to get through detox emotionally.
How to do an Emotional Detox
It is about doing a mental cleaning to eliminate all the negative that psychologically blocks you or prevents you from improving.
For this, an emotional detox plan is necessary which allows you to purify mental toxins: the taunts of that friend not so friendly, the remorse for having swept away the chocolate, and other similar thoughts with which you torture yourself over and over again. It’s important to say goodbye to the negativity. Follow the four steps that we propose below.
1. End destructive self-criticism
If you want to see the face of your worst enemy, look in the mirror! Indeed, we have become our toughest judges, and you cannot imagine the terrible consequences this can have on our subconscious. So get down to work because our emotional cleansing begins in front of the mirror.
Stop toxic relationships
Surround yourself with people who are supportive to you, who bring you positivity and good vibes, is essential. But what happens when you can’t escape that toxic person or environment?
They are those people who leave you with the spirits on the ground after an encounter with them. This is due to our ability to empathize with the interlocutor. The key is knowing how to differentiate between passive and active ones.
- Passive toxic people: They are the ones who do not have the will to infect you with their negativity. In these cases, we recommend you try to manage its toxicity. Make them focus on the possible solutions and not the problems. It can be exhausting but don’t take it personally. They are just like that.
- Active toxic people: Go away, or they will pollute your mind with envy, hatred, and many other things we would want well away from our lives.
2. Learn to say “NO”
The power of this word can be miraculously liberating. Learn to set limits without feeling guilty about it. At first, it will cost you. But you must begin to prioritize and deny everything that is outside your scheme if you want to start saying “YES” to yourself and feel better.
3. Control your addiction to technology
Technology, especially ‘gadgets’, have become great allies. If we do not make responsible use, technology can play a trick on us. The first step to succeeding in your detox emotionally plan is to put your phone in your bag. At first, it will be difficult for you to overcome the fear of missing something by not continually updating your social media wall. But trust us, if something urgent happens, they will call you on the phone. Learn to disconnect from the overload of constant stimuli that technology subjects us to.
4. Stop procrastination
The problem appears when procrastination becomes our daily bread. Do not put off until tomorrow what you can do now. Take the bull by the horns and end the distractions! Otherwise, you can fall into the quicksand of eternal procrastination, leading to the discomfort of having to make up for lost time. This can lead to headaches, muscle tension, sleep disturbances, and even depression. Start to detox emotionally with these anti-procrastination tricks.
- Create fictional limits: If you have to turn in a job in a week, force yourself to finish it in two days. You will appreciate it!
- Identify time thieves and neutralize them: Detect those interferences that distract you, taking you away from your goal. As we have already seen, technology is one of the biggest time thieves today. But there are many other thieves of our time, such as “multitasking”: doing more than one thing at the same time makes us not comply with any of our tasks 100%. The lack of concentration on a single task has a very high cost of effort and time. The solution is in the power of mindfulness: learn to be present in that one thing that you are doing at that moment.
- The art of prioritizing: You must be orderly, right. But if just looking at your schedule makes you start to hyperventilate, begin with the activity that is least attractive to you. This way, you will have extra motivation to focus and want to finish it as soon as possible and move on to the next one.
Reward yourself: Divide what you have to do into small tasks, and with each achievement, reward yourself!