We are continually moved by phenomena of an emotional nature. Emotions, feelings, feelings, moods, temperaments, states of mind and intuitions are all emanations of our emotional system. There is not a minute of our life that is not lived without a phenomenon of emotional nature operating in the background. An omnipresent but often subconscious and intangible frame. Yet she is there and her influence on our life is out of proportion. At a time when many of us are in the grip of emotional toxins, it becomes more urgent than ever to protect ourselves, to detoxify ourselves in order to regain our balance, our well-being, our energy and our lucidity.
Stimulate your parasympathetic system
When we are stressed, irritable, nervous or angry, it activates the sympathetic nervous system that prepares us for action (reflex flight or fight). At the hormone level, released norepinephrine and adrenaline lead to increased cardiac and respiratory activity, decreased digestive activity, dilated bronchi and increased blood pressure. If it settles in time, this tensioning can quickly become toxic.
In response to this phenomenon, it is possible to stimulate what is called the parasympathetic system. The latter acts as a brake pedal: it lowers the heart rate and blood pressure, facilitates digestion and soothes the body and the mind. Stimulating the parasympathetic system naturally detoxifies the negative emotions that colonize us. With this in mind, we can use meditation (Petit BamBou or Headspace applications), sophrology, Tai-chi-chuan, abdominal breathing, “square breathing” , or heart coherence (RespiRelax application).
Muscle your ability to forgive
Close to letting go, forgiveness is an emotional amnesty that frees you from toxic emotions such as anger, regret, contempt, jealousy, frustration and a sense of revenge. Far from being an act of weakness, forgiveness is in fact a strategy of shedding that one adopts to get better and break with vicious emotionally toxic circles.
Forgiving a family member, friend, colleague or neighbor breaks the cycle of negative ruminations that psychologically and physically pollute us (muscle tension, chronic pain, inflammation, etc.).
Sanitize your endocrine
Toxic emotions produce hormones and neurotransmitters which, if they are useful in the short term, can pose a risk in the medium and long term. These include adrenaline, a stress hormone, as well as cortisol, which undermines our immune system, fuels anxiety and promotes chronic exhaustion syndrome.
Fortunately, there is another category of hormones and neurotransmitters that will have a positive impact on our body and act as an antidote. This is the case of dopamine, “motivation hormone”, serotonin, “happiness hormone”, oxytocin, “hormone of love” and endorphin, “pleasure hormone”. We can therefore combat endocrine-related emotional toxicity by promoting the production of these hormones, which are natural remedies.
In this context, it will be recommended to practice regular physical activity, take sunbathing, listening to music, practicing relaxation exercises, laugh as much as possible and to have intimate physical contact and warm.
Reconnect to your natural ecosystem
Our ancestors evolved during 3 million years being immersed in a dense biodiversity, populated with trees, plants, insects, terrestrial and aquatic animals. They lived in close contact with the elements (earth, water, fire and air) and nature was their only setting.
Today, 95% of the French population lives in a territory under urban influence. For many of us, contact with nature has been completely broken. This rupture disrupts our emotional brain because its ancestral landmarks were suddenly swept away by modernity. Like fish out of their aquarium, we feel a suffocation associated with this uprooting.
The results of a study published in the medical journal Health & Place show that living at the seaside improves the well-being of individuals while being an antidote to anxiety and depression. In Japan, the practice of “forest baths” is considered effective in reducing the rate of cortisol (stress hormone) and blood pressure. In the context of emotional detoxification, it is urgent to plan our lives taking into account this vital imperative of reconnection with nature.
Practice anchoring in the present
How many minutes a day are we truly anchored in the present moment? How many hours a day do we spend rehearsing the past and anticipating the future? When our mind is focused on the past, it is said that it is in detention. When he is focused on the future, he is said to be in protest .
Most of us spend our time between retention and protection so that we are not very much in the present. However, this permanent oscillation can quickly become toxic because it generates confusion, anxiety and stress. It’s all our experience of the present that goes by the wayside. This is a pity because it is only in the present moment that the reconnection to oneself, to Nature and to the world is found; it is in the present moment that we find serenity, enchantment and completeness. The worldwide success of mindfulness meditation comes from this need for temporal anchoring. Google, Sony, Apple, LinKedin, Facebook, Twitter, Cisco: more and more to their employees as part of a better emotional hygiene.
It would be wrong to think that a personal development process is something selfish that one does exclusively for oneself. In reality, a person who detoxifies himself emotionally will infuse positive feelings within his family, his circle of friends, his business and his community. Free from our toxic emotions, we can once again radiate and be providers of trust, esteem, gratitude, kindness, compassion, enthusiasm, curiosity, love and pride; as many emotional vitamins that shape both our subjective reality – our experience of life – and provide our peers with the energy to follow suit.