5 Ways to Get Rid of Junk Emotions

Anyone who knows me well, knows that I’ve had my share of challenges. 

As hard as it has been to see the light beyond the tunnel, I am living proof that there is some. 

Every scar has helped me grow. I know everyone says that but I truly mean it. I had no idea I was capable of pulling my life up off the ground (with the help of my faith and friends) and actually actually helping others do the same.  

The struggles have given me such gratitude for every person, opportunity and gift in my life. 

  So, of course when I hear about two people who wrote a book to help people overcome the emotional JUNK (and that’s exactly what it is) in their life, I had to share it with you!

Meet Shoba Sreenivasan, Ph.D. and Linda E. Weinberger, Ph.D.  They both work in the field of clinical psychology. They noticed a pattern with clients: people were constantly stressing themselves out with negative emotions. They discovered that poor health corresponds to negative emotions as well. 

Just like junk food (which I’m obsessed with … Insert a Cheese Puffs here), junk emotions can drain your energy and leave you sick to your stomach. 

My junk food emotion is definitely fear. What’s yours?  Tell me in the comments, pretty please.   👇🏻

 Here are 5 Ways to Get Rid of Junk Emotions

1) “Lower your consumption of high-fat emotions. High-fat emotions are negative and energy draining; they suck the fun and creativity out of your life and are bad for you.      

Examples: guilt, fear, resentment, anger, envy, jealousy, frustration

High fat (or negative) emotions create and maintain a cycle of pessimism and low-energy. They are fatiguing and close the door to creativity and joy.”

2) “Increase your consumption of low-fat emotions. Low-fat emotions are positive and increase your energy. 

Examples: joy, optimism, love, patience

Low-fat emotions should dominate your psychological intake. Low-fat (or positive) emotions energize you. They open up your world, both in terms of your inner self and the doors to opportunity.”

3) “Keep a count of your junk emotional calories. Just as with junk food, a diet of junk emotions (like anger, resentment, worry) leads to psychological malnourishment. How many junk emotions are you consuming in a day?”

4) “Look at relationships as products. Relationships are products made up feelings. Some are nutritious, others are not.” 

💁🏼Goodbye ex-ahole, hello handsome hubby!

“Think of how you examine the packaging of a product for its nutritional content. How many calories? Is it high fat or low fat? Some products may look good, but it turns out they’re not good for you. Relationships are exactly the same: some are good for you; others are not.”


5) “Make Psychological Nutritional Labels. Just like food products have labels that describe their nutritional content, there should be “psychological nutritional labels” for reactions, relationships, and situations.” 

I really wish people had warning labels:

“Save yourself.”

“Dating discretion advised.”

“Warning: may cause dizziness, exhaustion and annoyance.”

You should know I’m giggling right now #confession. 


So, what’s the pay off?

Time is a finite quantity and none of us know how much of it we have left. Start each day making life as fulfilled and joyful as it can be, and build on that. Stop filling it with junk emotions!


Dr. Shoba Sreenivasan and Dr. Linda E. Weinberger are the authors of Psychological Nutrition. Learn more at www.psychologicalnutrition.com.  Thanks for the tips, Doctors! 


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