You may have heard the term emotional toxicity but didn’t really know what it entailed or whether it applied to you or not.
So, in today’s post, I will walk you through some of the symptoms and then discuss how spending time in Nature offers natural incredible healing.
When we become emotionally toxic, it is most often caused by either having experienced a stressful event, from having a diet and lifestyle that does not agree with us, or even from contaminants in our environments or WIFI.
On top of that, as Empaths, we can also experience emotional toxicity by experiencing or absorbing too many negative emotions.
When we become overwhelmed with emotions, whether they be ours or those we lift from others, the ability to properly filter our feelings becomes compromised. Our insecurities resurface and we often become vulnerable and emotionally intoxicated.
Here are some other ways we can be affected by emotional toxicity:
SIGNS OF BEING EMOTIONALLY TOXIC
- We don’t feel ourself
This is the biggest sign we are emotionally toxic; not feeling like our usual self. Its almost as if our energy is stagnant and sludgy, and we lack the energy to find ways to snap ourselves out of it.
- We lack motivation
If we become lethargic in both our body and mind, and don’t feel like trying anything new, this could be another sign of emotional toxicity. Especially if you once considered yourself as a bit of a go-getter. When our vitality diminishes, it becomes an effort to make decisions or to stay on top of everyday tasks
- We find fault in most things
When we constantly see faults and flaws in the world, it can be a sign that we have become so overwhelmed by emotions that it has altered our perception. We seem to find our focus is constantly taken to negative issues.
- We can’t let go of that which no longer serves
When suffering with emotional toxicity, we often become stuck in life. We can’t move forward because we are either too afraid to let go of that which no longer serves or we lack the motivation.
- We quickly get on the defensive
If we are highly sensitive to others over the slightest things, when we never used to be, there is always a reason. When we become overly defensive, it’s often because we are protecting ourselves from what we could consider to be harmful.
- We feel insecure
If our confidence has massively waned and we lose faith in ourself, this could be another tell-tale sign of toxicity. When our self-esteem takes a nosedive and we have become burdened with insecurities, we often feel utterly defenceless, almost as though we have lost our power.
HOW NATURE CAN HELP
Ok, now that we know what emotional toxicity is, let’s take a look at how Nature can help.
As an Empath, you will already be aware that there is nothing more healing to the body, mind and spirit than being in Nature.
A stroll through a beautiful woodland, over a grassy meadow or near a natural-flowing stream is not only uplifting but it is also grounding.
It is not by chance Empaths love being outdoors. Our inner Knowing guides us towards the Earth’s natural healing to harness its power.
Spending time in Nature is uplifting for all humans, but to the Empath it activates a special kind of magic. It removes impurities from the energy field, quietens a busy stressed mind and helps purge emotional toxicity.
Even sitting in our garden listening to the birds sing, whilst eyeing over the vegetation, has a clearing and calming influence.
However, what is particularly powerful for clearing emotional intoxication is spending time in heavy woodland.
Woods and forests are as close to healing energy temples as you can get. Trees are powerful and majestic, but few pay little notice to them or their magnificence. Just gazing upon the greenery of a tree has an instant soothing effect, allowing you to experience a release of pent-up emotions.
The Japanese believe so much in the power of Nature’s healing that they developed a health program called Shinrin-yoku.
Shinrin-yoku basically means spending more time around trees. It is also known as forest bathing.
The idea is to spend a time of quiet contemplation in densely wooded areas. Not jogging, hiking or expending energy, but just drinking in the natural vibrations of Nature.
The Japanese found, through scientific studies, that forest bathing has numerous benefits on the physical and psychological. And they discovered it was not just down to the fresh air.
Trees emit oils, called phytoncides, which act as protection from germs and insects. These oils also help build a strong immune system.
It was also noted that by being in forests, heart rate and blood pressure lowered and stress hormones, such as cortisol, were significantly reduced.
Cortisol is known as the stress hormone and plays a big part in emotional toxicity. Lowering it comes with many health benefits.
Forest bathing is also known to reduce depression whilst increasing energy. It becomes even more beneficial when practising Earthing at the same time (read more on Earthing here.)
Green is the colour of the heart chakra and by connecting to Nature you activate the power of your heart which helps heal and clear your energy field.
The Empath’s energy field (aura) is constantly under stress. A poor diet, worry, alcohol, stimulants, medications and other people’s energy, weaken the aura, making it permeable. This is bad news. A leaky energy field not only lets energy out but also allows in too much energy, in the way of other people’s negative energy, thought forms and emotions (see this post to learn more). This is the last thing we need if we are suffering emotional toxicity.
Nature helps build a more resilient energy field. This goes a long way to keeping the Empath healthy, grounded and protected.
Here are some more benefits of spending time in Nature:
- Better Sleep
- Reduction of inflammation
- Energy increasing
- Normalizes circadian rhythms
- Relieves muscle tension and headache
- Improves hormone related symptoms
- Speeds healing
- Protects the body from electro-magnetic frequencies (EMF)
- Reduces snoring
After regularly spending time in nature, you may notice you feel more ‘cleared’. You might also feel, for want of a better word, purer. The emotional energy picked up off others does not seem to affect you in the same way (if only for a short period), and emotional toxicity significantly reduces.
So, all in all, being out in Nature can only be a good thing.
As a side note, if you suffer with hay fever, you are best to go outdoors during the middle of the day. Pollen levels tend to be highest first thing in the morning and at the end of the day.
Hope this helps on your Empath journey.
**By Diane Kathrine
Now i know why i love trees so much, yes i am a tree hugger much love to all.