Most of us have a way with dealing with things that bother us, it’s called denial...great place to visit, horrible place to live. We bottle up the very things we should be letting out, until eventually like a soda can that’s been shook one too many times, we explode. Not dealing with things that bother us doesn’t make these things go away, on the contrary it makes things worse. It’s like having a credit card bill that you never open, the bill doesn’t disappear, it only grows larger. Try these 11 simplest ways to lose that excess emotional weight and say hello to a happier, lighter, and brighter you!
The best way to deal with the things that bother you is to be true to them, meaning you must first and foremost acknowledge their existence. We don’t always feel like talking to people about our problems and that is totally understandable, we don’t have to. Spending just a few minutes expressing our feeling onto paper is all you really need to feel a sense of weight lifted off your chest. Congratulations, you just lost five “pounds” of emotional weight/baggage; it’s dead weight that holds us down and makes us become prisoners of our own minds. Try keeping a daily journal, spending a few minutes every day expressing yourself onto paper, whether it’s about what you did that day or how you felt, get a rhythm going and you will see those emotional pounds shed right off, revealing a lighter, new and improved version of you. You will be happier, calmer, with better focus, more in tune with your surroundings, and actually present in the current moment. More time spent in the present means less time spent worrying about the past and the future, yielding less depression and anxiety in the long run.
Plato once said that music had a direct effect on our souls. More importantly, however, is music's direct effect on our emotions — its ability to ignite our passion, alleviate our loneliness, stir up our sadness, even take us back through time to a specific memory from our past. The Ottoman Empire was known to treat mental illness with music, similar to the musical therapy we use today. Music reduces stress and builds self-esteem. Imagine what it can do for your emotional weight loss journey! Whether you play the piano, sing in the shower, or groove to the beat of that jam playing on the radio, you are simultaneously burning emotional calories, thus freeing yourself of emotional baggage. Music is the emotion behind the sound to your ears, just as art is the emotion behind a canvas. Music gives you the ability to be the conductor in the symphony of your own emotions, so grab that baton and kiss those emotional love handles goodbye.
So much of our time is spent in the presence of others, whether it be co-workers, peers, colleagues, friends or family, that we often forget to spend some time with ourselves. We get lost in the hustle and bustle of life, and forget to take a minute and step back to recharge ourselves. Try to spend at least a few minute everyday alone with yourself, away from your cell phone and your Instagram feed, away from the paperwork on your desk, away from anything and everything that depletes your emotional energy and just recenter yourself. Even the energizer bunny can tell you that just a few minutes of solo time works wonders for his emotional thigh gap, shedding just the right amount of emotional weight in all the right places.
If you’re like most people, you probably almost never stop to smell the roses. But what if those roses could help battle that emotional bulge? Not just roses, but all things nature is the perfect remedy for emotional weight loss. As funny as it sounds, hugging a tree or walking barefoot in the sand reconnects you to your roots and allows you to be one with Mother Nature. Spend some time walking by the ocean or hiking in the mountains, let the sun kiss your cheeks and the next time you see a rose garden, stop to say hello and say goodbye to those extra emotional pounds.
The steam room is an excellent way to de-stress and eliminate toxins from your body. It’s also a great way to help eliminate emotional weight gained from the drudgery of life. You can sprinkle a few drops of eucalyptus or peppermint oil for an added effect and you will be amazed at how just a few minutes spent in the steam room can have a huge outcome. Side effects may include brighter, more radiant skin and restful sleep. Make sure to check with your doctor, if you have high blood pressure or other medical conditions, before using the steam room.
The holidays are a time of joy and celebration but all the holiday shopping, eating, and family gatherings can be equally stressful. It’s important to take care of your emotions and step back if things get overwhelming. These 5 simple ways of losing emotional weight will make the holidays more enjoyable and less chaotic, and it’s the best gift you could give yourself.