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How to Practice Emotional Detachment from Thoughts that No Longer Serve You Well

'Let it go and trust the Universe' is something we often hear from someone when we overthink a situation. ‘The universe only has good intentions for all of us. Be patient and the universe will reward you is usually the follow-up statement to the first sentence. But how often do we find ourselves in a position to easily let it go?

Often we attach ourselves to the possibility of an outcome. We become so vested in focusing on the destination that we forget to cherish the journey or sometimes even let the bumps in the journey affect us more than they should. During such times it becomes vital to practice detachment in order to keep our sanity intact.

If you struggle with overthinking everything around you, be it your work or something that your loved one has said to you, practising emotional detachment can be the solution to your problem.

Emotional detachment is sometimes viewed from a negative lens. Practising detachment does not necessarily mean that you simply forget about the situation/ person or ignore it. It is realizing that you have the freedom to explore your life in your own way. It is taking a step towards your personal growth and learning to be truly happy.

Practising emotional detachment has many advantages. Firstly, you will be taking a big step towards your mental well-being. Emotionally detaching yourself from the people who have a negative influence on you will ensure that their judgements won't bother you. This will also enable you to develop an unbiased perspective in general.

They say in order to gain something, you need to lose something which can be held true here. In order to take a step towards a healthier, happier version of yourself, you need to practice detachment from thoughts that no longer serve you well.

Here are some tips on how you can practice conscious detachment:

Recognize your feelings

Want to know whether you are emotionally attached? Look for feelings of sadness, jealousy, fear, and anger connected with a person or a situation. Start by identifying the feelings and the thoughts that they bring to your mind.

Be grateful

Take a moment to understand everything that you have in life and look back at the experiences that have helped you grow. Write them down.

Pursue a hobby

It can be anything that you love doing and brings out the creative side of you. Hobbies are a great way to improve and pursuing a hobby also makes us feel accomplished. When you shift your focus towards learning new skills you also make room for growth.

Take tiny steps

Rome wasn't built in a day and major changes do not happen overnight. The key here is to take small steps towards reaching your goal of emotional detachment and be patient along the way.


If you want to be in it for the long haul, you absolutely cannot miss out on this. Practice meditation every day. Initially, you may find it difficult to do so because of the thoughts that constantly keep on crossing your mind but after consistent practice, you will start noticing the difference. You will soon discover that difficult situations won't make you lose your calm.

To summarize, emotional detachment is simply being mindful of our emotions and where we invest them. Emotional detachment is a skill that you can master with patience and consistent effort. Remember, detaching yourself from someone or a situation is not selfish. It is a way to protect your well-being. I hope this helps you detach from the negativity around you and take a step towards success and fulfilment! :)

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