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What Happens to Unprocessed Emotions

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

Disclaimer: The information in this article is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Lee John cannot prescribe any form of medication. Results vary with each individual and The Divine Hippie cannot guarantee that you will experience results similar to the testimonials presented on any of our pages or any results at all.

Have you ever felt completely consumed by a feeling that you just can’t shake off? Anger sits deep in your chest, or do you hold onto a breakup that happened years ago? This is a sign that you have unprocessed emotions. Unprocessed emotions have the ability to keep you trapped in the past, unable to let go and move forward.

I am a Reiki master, intuitive reader, and witch; it is my calling to help people like you break free of the past so that you can create the life you desire. Continue reading to learn the definition of unprocessed emotion, its effects, and how to properly deal with them. At the end, I will share my own offering that will help you let go of unprocessed emotions once and for all.

What Is an Unprocessed Emotion?

An unprocessed emotion is an emotion that for whatever reason didn’t process properly. Usually, when we experience an emotion it goes through the following journey

  1. Emotion is activated.

  2. You acknowledge it.

  3. You take the appropriate action (ex. If it’s anger about something that someone did, you may choose to speak with them.)

  4. Release it and move on.

But sometimes it doesn’t happen like this. They can be triggered by an event or a series of events that created a major impact on your life. It could have been traumatic or is something that needs to be dealt with.

Here are some examples:

  • You had a falling out with a dear friend who betrayed you at the end of your friendship. This caused the unprocessed emotion of betrayal. Now, you avoid getting too close to others and have very few friends in your life.

  • A conversation with your mother about politics got heated and ended up with the both of you fuming. You had to walk out of lunch and haven’t spoken to her in a week. This caused the unprocessed emotion of anger. Now, every time someone mentions politics, even briefly, you explode and exit the scene in the same manner.

  • When you were little, you got into a car crash on Christmas day. Although no one was hurt, you continue to hold onto that fear of being in a car during the holiday season. You now have an unprocessed emotion of fear. Even to this day, you refuse to drive during the week of Christmas.

As you can see, unprocessed emotions have a variety of effects on day-to-day life and in the next section I will discuss what those effects are.

The Effects of Unprocessed Emotions

Unprocessed emotions have the ability to create conscious and unconscious reactions that greatly affect your life. They can affect your life on a physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual level. When you are unable to healthily process provoking emotions; within the body forms non-beneficial and stagnant energy.

Think of your body like a river. The river is your body’s ability to process energy and emotions. Every time an emotion is unable to process this creates a buildup in the river, say a log gets lodged into the river bend. Then more blockages are created as the unprocessed emotions make it more difficult for other energy to process. Suddenly, the river becomes entirely blocked off, making it impossible for any water to get through. This is the powerful effect on the body’s energy from unprocessed emotions.

Furthermore, when there are blockages created on an emotional level, it can then begin to manifest on a physical level. This can look like developing physical pain, experiencing a hard time doing things that you did before, or it, unfortunately, escalates into serious health problems

Related: The Emotional Wound of Shame

How to Deal With Unprocessed Emotions

Active Prevention

Active prevention is taking action in order to decrease the chances of your emotions being unable to process. This looks like taking an active approach in doing your work honestly so that you can easily process emotions as you experience them. There are a few ways you can do this.

First off, lower your stress levels. When you experience less stress, you can focus entirely on dealing with emotions as they come up instead of letting stress (the energetic vibration of fear) influence you.

Secondly, learn healthy coping mechanisms. Ask yourself: how do you currently process emotions? What do you feel when you experience so-called “negative” emotions? This would be a great time to use physical activity to get out your frustration, practice journaling, or start a meditation practice.

Finally, working with a therapist is a fantastic way to learn how to process your emotions in a productive and healthy way. I truly believe that everyone should give therapy a try.

Dealing With Unprocessed Emotions After the Fact

There are many ways to heal unprocessed emotions but these are my two recommendations as a spiritual guide. The first is to actively re-program your subconscious mind. As previously mentioned, unprocessed emotions create limiting belief systems that keep you in that energy of fear. So, every time you catch yourself giving into a limiting belief system, re-program by replacing that negative thought with a positive one.

For example, if your limiting belief system says “remember the last time you let someone in and they betrayed you? You should keep your distance to protect yourself.”

Replace this thought by saying something along the lines of, “This person is not the person that betrayed me. I can give them a chance before I jump to conclusions.”

It will look different to your own situation but hopefully, you get the idea.

My second suggestion is to use energy healing to heal unprocessed emotions. How this works is that a healer/practitioner goes into your energy field using a variety of techniques (ex. Reiki, chakra balancing, intuitive, healing, etc) and helps you process blockages. They will begin to move stagnant energy within the body and release non-beneficial energy that you’re holding onto. Energy healing is known for bringing to light spiritual work that needs to be done (ex. limiting belief systems, past trauma, etc) so that you can take action.

I offer intuitive healing sessions that combine Reiki, chakra balancing, and visualization that can support you as you release emotional wounds and unprocessed emotions. Book your session here.


Unprocessed emotions have the ability to deeply implant limiting beliefs systems into your heart, mind, and soul. Thankfully there are ways to fix your emotional processing system to work towards a better future.

Don’t forget to book your intuitive healing session with me! There are limited spots available every month.

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