How to Do an Emotional Detox – The Complete Guide

By Tiffiny J. Fambro | Uncategorized

Jan 18
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Do you ever feel like you need a break from your entire life? Like the weight of the world is sitting right on your shoulders? Well, if so, it could be time for an emotional detox.

What Is an Emotional Detox?

Just like a physical detox cleanses your body of unwanted waste and toxins, your emotions need to go through a detoxification process.

Emotional detox is a process that gives you time and space to purge negative emotions that are keeping you stuck. Many times these are negative, low-level emotions that keep us in constant feelings of sadness, anger, anxiety, fear, frustration, overwhelm, or resentment to name a few. It is okay to have these emotions at times as that is a part of the human experience. However, when you constantly feel this way, that is when there may be an underlying issue.

Going through an emotional detox allows you to uproot these emotions, reflect on where they are coming from, and why you are feeling them. This helps you begin the purging process to clear them out of your mind and body.

Signs You Need an Emotional Detox

Many times, negative stress can be so ingrained in our lives that it is difficult to recognize that we need to have an emotional detox. However, there are a few signs that may arise when you need an emotional detox.

Here are several signs and symptoms that indicate you need an emotional detox:

  • Problems with the physical body including sickness, injury, and any health problems
  • Crying a lot for “no reason” or just “out of the blue”
  • Feeling tired all the time even though you have slept 8 hours or more
  • High levels of anxiety or hypervigilance; always on high alert
  • Feelings of overwhelm
  • Having trouble going or staying asleep; having nightmares
  • Overthinking everything or not being able to shut your brain off
  • Desiring to isolate yourself all the time or be alone a lot
  • Losing interest in things you normally really enjoy or not feeling joy at all
  • Going through a draining experience such as death, divorce, or a life transition
  • Having a strong emotional reaction to things you previously thought were small annoyances

These are just a few examples, but the most important takeaway is to be aware of your mind, emotions, and body. You are the ultimate determiner of your emotions and can decide when and how you may need to detox.

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How to Emotional Detox

Change Your Physical Environment

When you are going through a difficult time, it is helpful to change your living environment. This can be done by cleaning up and organizing your home. Getting your physical environment organized makes you feel calmer, relaxed, and satisfied.

You can also go on a vacation, move to a different location or just take a short break from your normal living space.

Changing your environment in any of these ways helps to give the mind a new perspective. It allows the brain to have a new experience and in turn, opens you up to new ideas or ways of living.

Download and Complete My Free Mindset Detox Workbook

Click here to download my 5-day mindset detox workbook. This workbook helps to jumpstart you on the path to clarity. It takes you through the process of asking you reflective questions, giving you exercises to help you connect with your accountability, and opens you up to forgiveness and self-acceptance so you can start moving forward.

The mind and emotions are connected. Being able to go through a mindset shift will help you connect to the emotions that may be keeping you stuck.

Download the guide today to get started on the journey to clarity, confidence, and courage.

Make Time for Self-Care

There are many ways to incorporate self-care into your life. When it comes to an emotional detox, meditation, deep breathing, and physical movement are my top three.

Meditation helps you get calm and stay centered.

Deep breathing can be done during meditation or alone. When people are stressed, it is shown that they tend to stop breathing deeply which reduces the flow of oxygen. The process of intentionally breathing deep helps to reduce stress and anxiety and regulates bodily functions since oxygen is circulating better.

Physical movement whether in the form of vigorous exercise or easy stretching helps to pull the body into another state. There are so many benefits to moving the body such as getting exercise to the heart, helping the body function as well as a reduction in stress levels.

Try to incorporating at least one of these things into your lifestyle on a weekly basis – you will notice the difference.

Talk to a Therapist or Counselor

Talking to a therapist is essential to emotional detox. Therapy allows you to discuss your feelings and experiences with a professional that has an objective view. It helps you learn coping skills, the root cause of unhealthy behaviors or beliefs, and how to start healing to move forward.

Online-Therapy.com has been helpful for so many people dealing with stress. Whether you feel like you are just going through a temporary ordeal or a chronic depression, online-therapy.com can connect you to a professional wherever you are in the world.


Doing an emotional detox helps to decrease stress and boost a better living experience. You don’t have to run from your life. Take control and be willing to start new habits. Habits that will allow you to find peace and calm no matter how challenges you may face in life.

Ready to start the process of gaining more clarity, confidence, and courage? Start Here:

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Don’t let more time pass by, reclaim your life today!

About the Author

Tiffiny has a B.A. in Psychology, and master’s degree in Public Health Education. She worked in consulting for over 16 years, as well as previously owning a fitness and health business. In her personal life, she used personal development, mindset and health strategies to go from being overworked in a demanding corporate career, emotionally drained in a toxic marriage, physically unhealthy, and depressed to becoming an award-winning figure level bodybuilding athlete and entrepreneur. As a women’s empowerment coach, she works to help women get clear on their goals, build confidence, increase self-esteem, take action on their deep desires and create a life they love

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