Mental Health

Vaishali Khanna


Shyft Habit Coach

February 05, 2023

An emotional detox journey

In our modern, hectic lives, people tend to let their emotions – especially the "negative" and unpleasant ones – accumulate week after week, year after year. Stress, disappointment, frustration, sadness, anger, jealousy… Many deem unacceptable to express these emotions freely in a world where you are expected to remain wise, polite, smiling, and fulfilled. Importantly, psychiatrists make it clear that all emotions are valid, even the bad ones. The idea of trying to get rid of negative emotions is already a false start in an emotional detox journey, as all emotions have a function. The key is not to let yourself be overwhelmed by your negative emotions, or to try to run away from them at all costs. The second principle is flexibility when it comes to reacting to emotions. Be proactive. The third principle is about taking action. Finally, prevention is better than cure. It can be useful to take a break regularly and take stock of your emotions from the past day, or week.

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