Ways to Release Negative Emotions


February 12, 2020

Alisha Christensen

What are some ways to release negative emotions? Where are emotions stored? Learn more in this post!

Did you know that our emotions can travel through our entire body? When you get sad, where is the first place you feel it? A lot of us feel it in our chest; it gets super tight or heavy… or for me, I feel it in my throat–it makes it hard to speak.

If our bodies can feel everything we’re feeling, wouldn’t it make sense that they can hear everything we’re thinking?

You can see this through the placebo effect done when conducting studies for new drugs…and other studies have shown that athletes just thinking about how they’re going to play their next game can improve their performance.

Your body hears everything your mind says —Naomi Judd

What are you saying to your body lately? What are you saying about your habits? And how much of what you’re saying has been internalized by someone else putting their own pain on you?

The older I grow the more I like who I am and the more I realize there was never anything wrong with me to begin with–merely a set of expectations that were stifling and suffocating to who I was. And as I learned to let those go, breathing got easy.

Not that I don’t have days where I berate myself, but it’s easier to let them go.

Where are emotions stored in the body? 

In Ayurveda, illness is seen as an energy blockage and know that EMOTIONS can present as PHYSICAL signs in the body. Our liver is the most affected by excess stress and unprocessed emotions. 

Since emotions are chemical messengers, they can move from our brain throughout our body–they aren’t just limited to one area. You can feel anger in different parts of your body. 

Pent-up emotions can be stored in any area of the body then create physical symptoms. Louise Hay says that “criticism, guilt, and fear cause more problems than anything else.”

“The body, like everything else in life, is a mirror of our inner thoughts and beliefs.” –Louise Hay

Have you ever heard that happy people glow? Their inner feelings literally shine out of their face.

Or maybe your parents told you to stop crying because you were going to make yourself sick.

While some of this holds true, it’s not always the case, but it can provide some insight and possibly activate an underlying issue.

Studies have shown that anger affects the liver, sadness affects the heart and lungs, fear affects the kidneys and heart, and anxiety affects the heart and lungs. 

Just like our negative emotions affect our bodies negatively, our positive emotions also affect our bodies in a good way; happiness and thoughtfulness affect the heart and spleen.

We won’t go too deep here, but basically, our positive emotions can have a positive impact on our healthy, whereas our negative unprocessed emotions can have a negative impact on our health. 

Image from A Contemplation on Body Awareness by William R. Mistele

Five ways to release negative emotions

There are lots of ways to release negative emotions and free up our energy, but these are a few that I find to be really helpful. 

  1. Write out what you’re feeling. Journaling and free-writing can be hugely beneficial in getting out sadness, anger, grief, ect. It can also be a great tool for expanding and holding a positive emotion.  You can also write out what you’re feeling, then burn it. This shows the Universe that you’re willing to surrender and let it go. 
  2. Go to therapy. Pretty self-explanatory. 
  3. Read The Emotion Code and learn how to identify where negative emotions are stored and how to release them with a magnet
  4. Try Deepak Chopra’s seven steps to emotional release. (https://www.gaiam.com/blogs/discover/deepak-chopras-7-step-exercise-to-release-emotional-turbulence)
  5. Practice Ho’oponopono; the ancient Hawaiian healing practice of forgiveness. Identify your emotion, where it is in your body, and what is causing it. Then you say, I’m sorry. Please forgive me. Thank you. I love you. Repeat as needed.

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