Healthy Spirit

Spring Clean Emotional Clutter

Written by Healthy Living

Rising stress levels are damaging our mental and physical health, according to the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America: Coping with Change survey.  Dr. Bradley Nelson has studied, healing, and teaching how emotions from negative life experiences harm health, relationships, and well-being for more than 20 years. He is the author of “The Emotion Code.”

He offers these five easy ways to reduce emotional clutter and stress:

• Find and release “trapped emotions”: Unresolved emotions from negative and traumatic life experiences are responsible for guiding (or misguiding) choices on a daily basis. Becoming aware of and acknowledging feelings that lurk beneath the surface is an important first step. Instructions for identifying and releasing trapped emotions are available for free at
• Listen to Your Body (and say “no” when necessary):  Don’t volunteer to take on additional tasks if it interferes with your health, family, or stress level—it won’t be worth it.
• Exercise Daily: Look for ways to incorporate more activity into your routine. “Find a way to work exercise into your daily chores,” Dr. Nelson advises. “Challenge yourself to get the whole house cleaned in half the normal time, and you’ll work up a sweat with all the scrubbing and running from room to room.”
• Eat Right: When you go out to eat with friends, come prepared with stories to tell so you’re talking more and—as a result—eating more slowly. Eat your salad first to fill up on live food. Remember your body’s needs and respect them.
• Take a Breather: If you find people you are with make you feel stressed out, go outside for a few minutes to get some fresh air.
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