Is your relationship emotionally draining? Are you constantly arguing, crying or going to sleep upset? Maybe you’re single at the moment, but this sounds all too familiar from a past relationship.
Whatever the case may be, did you know that toxic relationships affect your health and well-being by depleting important vitamins and minerals?
Thoughts, emotions and relationships affect physical health all the way down to your cells.
Unhealthy relationships can deplete the body of vitamin A, C, and B vitamins along with minerals such as magnesium.
Wondering how this is possible?
Well guess what? There’s a scientific explanation.
Neuropeptides are the chemicals that your brain releases every time you have an emotion. When you are angry, you release a different neuropeptide than when you are happy. These neuropeptides get carried throughout your body and attach to cells. If you are constantly thinking negative thoughts, you are repeatedly releasing harmful neuropeptides.
Overtime, these neuropeptides damage cells, which can affect vitamin absorption. Yikes!
After years of emotional toxicity, health problems from vitamin deficiencies may present.
This is the reason why many of my patients are instructed to do an emotional detox.
Here’s what I teach my patients:
#1 – Emotions that are suppressed do not disappear, they just get driven deeper.
The first step to any emotional detox is to stop “suppressing and start expressing!”
Many people are not great communicators and allow negative emotions to build up.
Look for effective ways to communicate with your loved ones. Release negative thoughts (current or past) to help you process emotions in a healthy way.
Journaling is a great exercise along with practicing daily affirmations. These are simple tools to help release happy neuropeptides and keep the negative neuropeptides at bay.
# 2 – Be patient.
Breaking patterns takes time and learning better communication strategies does not happen overnight.
You’ll need to read books, write down your feelings, work with a professional (perhaps a Naturopathic Doctor or Clinical Psychologist), and do your assigned homework.
Keep in mind that releasing negative thoughts and emotions is an ongoing process. It’s also a key ingredient to genuine happiness.
# 3 – Forgive. It’s a big part of detoxing and moving forward.
Chances are you will have a hard time moving forward if you can’t forgive. This means forgiving others AND forgiving yourself. If you are committed to embracing a more positive outlook and releasing emotional toxicity, you’ll need to practice the art of forgiveness.
One of my favourite quotes is this…
“To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover that the prisoner was you.” – Lewis B. Smedes
# 4 – Release negative energy and welcome the positive!
This is where my patients see the most growth. Energy is everywhere. We cannot see it or touch it, but most of us know it’s there. Every experience you have places an energetic imprint and affects you.
Energy within you and around you can become stuck and stagnant. In order to change the energy, you must surround yourself with positive vibes and positive people.
Go to yoga, dance, meditate, move your body, walk in nature or grab tickets to a comedy show – do whatever it takes to release the negative and welcome all things positive into your life.
There you have it…some of my quick tips to help you achieve optimal health and hold on to those vitamins.