How Detox Can Impact Your Emotional and Mental Well-Being

There are many different reactions that your body can have when going through a detoxification program. This can include headaches, digestion issues, acne breakouts, cramping, and fatigue. This is completely normal for you to experience as your body works to eliminate toxins and restore the balance of your natural defense systems. An unexpected adverse effect of cleansing your body is a surge of emotions and resurfacing of past memories and feelings.

You mental and physical self are very closely connected. You will notice that when you are overly stressed you may begin to sweat, or your chest may tighten when you are shielding yourself from fear or heartache. As you open your body’s pathways by freeing them of toxins and harmful substances, it releases memories and thoughts that may have been stored there as well.

Try your best to not become overwhelmed when you feel a sudden burst of anger or the need to burst out into tears. Just as your physical body is attempting to balance itself to a state of normalcy, so is your brain. If you have some emotions that you have yet to deal with, such as resentment in a relationship or sorrow over the loss of a loved one, this may be a time to revisit them and work through them.

Take it easy on your body during a detox, and avoid strenuous activity. The same should be applied to your mind; be gentle with your psyche as well. Try your best to not become overwhelmed as feelings surface and you are faced with having to work through past issues.By taking the initiative to help yourself heal from past emotional strife, you are taking steps to a more emotionally secure future.

5 Ways to Work Through Emotions and Your Detox

  1. Feel Your Feelings: It might sound like advice that you would offer your 5 year-old child, but feeling validated in your frustration and tears is sometimes all you need to release those feelings. Whatever emotions that arise, embrace them, recognize them and then let them wash over you before releasing them.
  2. Evaluate: If you are feeling particularly angry or sad, try to dissect why. Finding the root of the issue can be helpful in moving forward the emotion. Are you frustrated because you have created an unhealthy habit that is hard to break? Are you missing a pet that you’ve lost and are still harnessing that emotional grief?
  3. Find Support and Share: Talking out some confusing emotions can be very helpful in the healing process. There are a number of support groups that are available in most cities and online revolving around a myriad of common issues. Confiding in a loved one or friend can be just as helpful but may be met with bias or conflicting viewpoints. Support groups, therapist and counselors offer a safe and confidential space to process your thoughts and feelings without bias.
  4. Avoid Further Emotional Turmoil: Detoxing your body is done with intention and purpose. Detoxing can be applied to other areas of your life as well. Remove toxic people from your life that may be causing you emotional harm. Avoid engaging in avoidable dramatic situations that may promote more emotional strife and practice self-care. Taking a break from social media, the news, and current events is also welcome during this time of detoxification.
  5. Be Proactive: Engage in activity that will help you process your emotional detox such as meditation and yoga. Taking time to be introspective is important during this time of renewal and cleansing. Various yoga poses can open your chest and joints where toxins and toxic emotions tend to reside.

Trauma and feelings that may have been buried get stored in our bodies and random situations can trigger them. As your soul tries to find resolution of toxic emotions, be sensitive to this and allow space in your life to experience the feelings that come up so that you can move past them. Forgiveness may be necessary, as well as grace for yourself and those around you.