Some might hear the word “detoxification” and assume it has something to do with Gwyneth Paltrow and an all-juice diet. Not that there’s anything wrong with that kind of detoxification… but this post refers to an entirely different kind: emotional detoxification.
Because the holidays can stir up all sorts of emotions, and even go so far as to lead us down old paths and pick up our old dusty and dirty habits (e.g., someone who used to battle severe anxiety may suddenly feel panicked again and not know why, or someone who used to do drugs on a regular basis may relapse and start using again, etc.) This is not all that uncommon. Why? Because certain kinds of stress can rattle us to the core and make us turn to that which is familiar despite how horrible it makes us feel. To put it simply: stress undoes. It undoes the work which we do on a daily basis to live a happy life. That is why it’s important to acknowledge that December is an important month to begin detoxification.
According to Deepak Chopra’s new book: The Ultimate Happiness Prescription, our early childhood conditioning is part of what contributes to our toxicity. Whether it’s guilt, shame, anxiety, fear, all of us inherently feel emotions that resurface over and over again… emotions that do us absolutely no good at all. So, in order to eliminate our toxicity, we need to recondition ourselves. While I believe that the process of reconditioning is different for every person, the end result is the same: LET IT GO. No matter what you are holding onto (a childhood memory, an abusive relationship, a traumatic experience)… if it’s causing you to feel negative emotions, simply let it go.
And if you’re the type of person that doesn’t know where to start (or maybe you feel like you just can’t let it go), consider trying these 4 things:
1. Do something that makes you connect to your body. In doing so, you will get out of your head and not be controlled by your thoughts.
2. Bring only good food and drink into your body. Don’t eat or drink anything that will make you feel bad about yourself.
3. Join a group of people who are on the same quest and talk with them.
4. Read, read, and read some more about this topic.
Whether you do this journey with others or on your own, you can rest easy in the knowledge that once you eliminate even one toxic element within you, you will have more space to bring in joy.