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When you think about having any kind of detox, it’s not uncommon to think of a physical experience and ridding your body of toxins, such as alcohol, caffeine, pesticides, and other impurities; but like I’ve always said, taking care of your mind and mental health is just as important as taking care of your body. “Emotional” and “detox” are two words I would probably never have put together, but Sherianna Boyle’s book, Emotional Detox, has made me start thinking about how I process my emotions.
It’s no secret that I’m an emotional person. As a type 2w3 Enneagram, I like to think that I’m very in touch with my emotions in a way that helps me grow both mentally and within my social circle; but there’s more to an emotional detox than just being aware of your emotions.
So what’s the goal of an emotional detox? To CLEANSE our minds and, more importantly, to digest your feelings, both verbally and nonverbally, rather than just reacting to them.
Boyle says, “Our emotions have value no matter how painful and upsetting they may be. Undermining, numbing, or pushing them away will only delay their benefits.”
When you think about some of the big moments in your life, including the good, the bad, and the ugly, think about how those things changed you and helped make you into the person you are today. When I was going through a bad break-up, I used to do everything I could to distract myself so I wouldn’t have to feel that heartbreak, but what benefit did that serve me? It just delayed the inevitable, which was me having to deal with my feelings. It was only later that I learned, in an Ariana Grande-like fashion, the benefits of having been in that relationship and the benefits of leaving it. #thankunext
In Boyle’s book, she demonstrates how you can benefit from an emotional detox in just seven steps:
In other words, CLEANSE.
So who could benefit from an emotional detox? Umm…everyone. But particularly, if you…
…find yourself dwelling on life’s problems,
…tend to focus on others more than on yourself,
…are starting to feel disconnected from the people around you,
…have experienced some sort of trauma,
…feel super guilty saying “no,”
…are an overthinker,
…tend to overstep and fix everyone else’s problems, and/or
…find it difficult to live in the present moment,
then it’s likely an emotional detox would be a healthy way to help you release some of that toxicity. Of course, these aren’t the only reasons to look into an emotional detox.
The work Boyle has put into the CLEANSE lifestyle stems beyond Emotional Detox. She has also created C.L.E.A.N.S.E. Lab, C.L.E.A.N.S.E. Yoga, and more to coincide with the message and benefits of her book. If you’re interested in learning more about Sherianna Boyle and her work, you can meet her in person at the Emotional Detox Retreat at Kripalu Yoga and Health Center, which takes place February 22-29, 2019. You can click here for more information about the retreat. For more information about Boyle, C.L.E.A.N.S.E., and Emotional Detox, you can visit her website.