You hear a lot about political freedom, freedom of speech and financial freedom. But did you know you can achieve emotional freedom as well?
Life can weigh you down with a whole lot of emotional baggage, affecting your reactions and behavior without you even realizing. Follow these suggestions to help release emotional blocks, so you can free yourself to live your best life.
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1. Do an emotional baggage audit
So many people live every day burdened with the anxiety, guilt, and shame of a lifetime. Going right back to childhood, you have been learning to avoid these bad feelings by modifying your actions.
Take some time to identify what your personal triggers are. Do you avoid upsetting people, are you a habitual agreer? Are you risk-averse?
The first step to emotional freedom is to identify the negative emotions that are holding you back.
2. Challenge your negative emotions
Observe what triggers your negative emotions. Maybe it’s being asked for an opinion, and you’re not sure of the ‘right’ answer. Or being afraid to risk failure at work, or in your relationship.
Challenge your anxiety or your fear by consciously choosing not to be controlled by them. You can say it out loud if you want, or mentally repeat a saying or mantra that you find helpful. “I am not paralyzed by anxiety’ for example. Or ‘it’s ok to take risks.’
3. Choose a loving approach
Emotional freedom means living your life in a loving way. You can choose to stay in happiness, by choosing to act at all times in a way that brings you joy. Choose to do things or be with the people that make you happy. If it feels good, do it!
And remember, love is not always focused outwards; it’s just as important to be loving towards yourself. Set yourself up to be as loving as you can. Look after the source, be kind, and acknowledge that pretty much most of the time you’re doing your best.
4. Choose to be free
Like most people, you’re probably dealing with your life wounds. Maybe you’re cynical about love, perhaps you’ve been hurt and don’t want to risk more pain. Look at where your emotional baggage has led you astray, attend to your wounds and set yourself free to be your authentic self.
Believe that you have the strength and the capacity to step away from helplessness, to shuck off those emotional bonds, and move into new freedom where your emotions are your own.
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