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From Chaos To Stillness
We live on the run and we’re always late. Most of us wish there were more than 24 hours a day because that would mean that we could put even more on our plate.
We are severely overworked, incredibly overstressed, seriously overwhelmed, dangerously overstimulated and extremely anxious. Our schedules are jam-packed with appointments or tasks for every single hour. We listen instead of reading because it’s more convenient. We write instead of talking because it’s faster. We literally don’t have time for anything besides work and other responsibilities. We live a sedentary lifestyle far away from purest nature even if we not that it slowly makes us sick. We struggle to manage our never-ending to-do list. We spend less and less quality time with our loved ones. Our brains are completely overloaded by too much information and external stimuli that it cannot even process. And then when we try to reboot our brains it turns out that it’s completely fried.
So what we should do to feel fresh, energized and in control of our lives again? Well, if you ask me, a great way to regain mental focus and restore balance in daily life is to do a mental cleanse. Getting rid of intrusive thoughts, mental collections and excessive clutter will not only help you to regain control of your life but will also help you to maximize your chances for success.
Undeniable Benefits Of Regular Mental Detox
- Increase self-awareness
- Keep focused on the right priorities
- Encourage you to be more proactive
- Regain mental focus
- Strengthen your brain muscle
- Increase your attention span
- Maximize your productivity
- Develop resilience
- Increase self-discipline and self-control
- Develop a positive mental attitude
- Improve assertiveness skills
- Reduce distractions and eliminate time-wasters
- Decrease procrastination
- Remove negative energy from your life
- Boost your critical thinking
- Improve your mood
- Regain control of your time, day and life
7 Ways To Start A Mental Cleanse
Clear Your Mental Clutter
We live in a busy, noisy and chaotic world. And while the right amount of these ingredients adds delicious flavour to the salad of life, the problem starts when you add too much of them. Too much chaos, busyness and noise create a mix that not only doesn’t taste good but it’s also quite indigestible. Not to mention that this strange mixture can easily transform into unbearable mental clutter which is pretty hard to deal with. That’s why if you want to stay focused on your priorities and maintain a solid life balance you need to declutter your mind and surroundings regularly.
Sometimes we don’t even realize how much intrusive thoughts, difficult emotions, and stressful situations that happen during the day affect our life. We just keep through our endless to-do list trying to be productive and self-motivated completely ignoring our mental wellbeing. But the truth is you cannot be healthy, productive, motivated and focus on your goals if you feel emotionally drained and worn-out.
If you want to transform your life, tap into your full potential and gain the most of this crazy journey we call life you need to focus on your mental wellbeing and regain your mental focus. In other words, you should schedule a time for a mental cleanse. Cleaning your mental home and freeing your mental space is the key to a healthier, happier and more positive life.
Embrace Your Emotions
We tend to label our feeling and emotions as „good” or „bad ” based on how they affect our mental state. And as far as we have nothing against positive emotions because we all love to feel good, the problem starts when the emotions that we feel are not so pleasant. In such a case, we try to avoid, ignore or suppress an unwanted emotion which only makes it stronger.
Dealing with difficult, painful and unwanted emotions is hard but necessary for emotional growth. Of course, feeling happy and excited it’s a much more pleasurable experience than feeling sad and miserable. No one’s questioning that. But the truth is, happiness without sadness has no meaning. To understand and fully perceive happiness is possible only if you have experienced a feeling of deep sorrow.
Nothing has meaning alone. We create meaning by comparing things one to another and creating different narratives behind them. This meaning-making process serves us to create our own landscape of meanings which is then used as a tool to navigate life, face everyday challenges and avoid drowning in our existential nightmare – the uncertainty.
Emotions (each of them) play a crucial role in our lives and without them, we wouldn’t be able to make decisions, avoid danger, experience happiness or create authentic relationships. The way we feel shape our perception of reality and helps us to make life choices. There are no „bad” or „good” emotions. Every emotion provides valuable information that we shouldn’t ignore but observe, analyze and embrace for a better understanding of ourselves and others.
Focus On The Present Moment
It often happens that we live in a psychological time in total detachment from the present moment. We spend so much time and energy thinking about what has happened or what is yet to come. We overthink about our past and worry about the future instead of focusing on what’s is happening right now. But if you think about it, there is no past, not future. All we have in now. The past is just a memory and the future is only a promise… but in a good way. So don’t worry!
„Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” So stop for a while, take a deep breath and just be present. Get rid of excessive worry and drop the needless expectations. Accept this perfectly imperfect experience without labelling as „goo” or „bad”. Savour every delicious, mind-blowing second of the present moment.
Focus on the present moment and start building foundations for your future self. Use the time to your advantage but be present. Learn from the past and plan for the future but avoid overthinking, overanalyzing and obsessive worrying because it takes away the joys of life. Staying present will help you to regain mental clarity and redirect your focus on what’s truly important.
Get Rid Of Negative Energy
How do you feel after spending time with your family or friends? Do you feel happy and empowered or sad and emotionally drained? Do you feel like you can talk to them about almost anything? Or maybe you need to watch every single word you say because your every word can be used against you.
Fake friends or toxic family members (or members) is something we all have to deal with at some point in life. It’s definitely not a pleasurable experience but it happens and it happens a lot. But it’s important to remember that the people you surround yourself with have an impact on your life, goals and state of mind. That’s why choose your circle wisely.
The people you spend your time with can bring the best in you or completely break you. They can inspire you, push you to become a better person, give you hope and empower you to succeed or do the opposite. Optimistic and positive souls will add value to your life, while negative creatures will steal your happiness and distract you from achieving your goals.
Choose the people you spend your time with mindfully. Give your time to those who deserve it and avoid emotional vampires at any cost. Protect your energy. Find your tribe, your people with whom you connect, share your joys and sorrow, celebrate your achievements and grow. Listen to your intuition and invite in your life only those who give you a feeling of belonging, offer emotional support, bring great joy and positively impact your life. Get rid of toxic individuals that harm your health and wellbeing.
Focus On Things You Can Control
We love to think that we have full control over the events that we’re experiencing. Well, it’s only partially true. Because even if we are not one hundred per cent in control over the situation we’re in, we still have full control over how we respond to it. You can be reactive or proactive. You have a choice. Always.
Life doesn’t always go according to plan. Sometimes, no matter how hard you try your plans just don’t work out. And when it happens you have a choice; you can let your emotions control you and distract you from what needs to be done or you can focus on your actions and take advantage of less-than-perfect circumstances. If you choose the first option, it’s almost certain that you will only make things worse. But if you choose the second option, you will not only regain your mental clarity but also will turn negative into positive.
The moral is, even if you cannot fully control the situation you can always control how you respond to it. So instead of emotionally reacting, take a deep breath and look for ways to control the outcome. Focus on what you can control to maximize your chances for success.
Accept That Change Is The Only Constant
Life is like a kaleidoscope. Everything changes. Nothing stands still. The world is always in motion. We are constantly changing, evolving, growing and being changed by everything and everyone around us. There is always some transformation going on that affect us to greater or lesser degrees. Sometimes we don’t even notice that but if you self-reflect on your past I am sure you will be surprised how much you’ve changed and evolved as a person. And that’s the beauty of life.
Change is the only constant. Change is the sign of life and it’s always needed for growth. Sometimes change is almost unnoticeable, other times it’s like an elephant in the room that you need to address. It won’t go away only because you’re pretending not to see it. Is it scary? Sure it is, but it also incredibly exciting because every change announces something new – the new beginning. So why change frighten us so much? Well, probably because change means a temporary lack of stability which can be quite scary.
As human beings, we don’t like to be unsettled. We prefer familiar and routine in life to novelty and variety because it gives us this illusion to have control over the events that haven’t happened yet. We prefer „old” to „new” because we know what to expect and it gives us a certain comfort and peace. We don’t like not knowing what is going to happen next.
That’s we try to plan out life and control every aspect of it but the truth is, we truly never know what is going to happen next or what is meant to be until it surprises us. But the future is always unknown. Some kind of change will happen sooner or later. That’s why you should be mentally prepared for the discomfort of change. Discomfort is the key to your personal growth. Accept it. Get comfortable with feeling uncomfortable. Choose growth over comfort and you will succeed in life.
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Slow Down And Disconnect
Last months have been a roller coaster of emotions for most of us. The Coronavirus Pandemic and different restrictions that have been implemented to slow the spread of the virus have turned our lives around 180 degrees. And it probably what be an exaggeration to say that the world we live in is different in many respects. Our daily lives, routines, habits, the way we look at things and almost everything I can think about right now are not the way they used to be. Life seems chaotic and uncertain. And correct me if I am wrong but coping with these kinds of unexpected major life changes and adjusting to the „New Normal” it’s not the easiest thing to do. But you know what? It doesn’t have to be easy to be possible. When you start to analyze it, it’s all in our attitude: you don’t have to feel 100% every single day to be able to work towards your goals. You don’t need to feel 100% to find your inner peace. But if you want to restore mental balance in your life you should probably disconnect for a while.
Watching TV, scrolling social media, reading a newspaper – all of that stuff – used to be a pleasant experience. Now, in most cases, it’s the complete opposite. The latest on the worldwide spread of the coronavirus is everywhere. And as far as I completely understand what’s the intention behind this, I highly doubt that watching TV news 24/7 will make you better informed or more prepared for what’s to come. The only thing it can do is to worsen your anxiety. That’s why you should reduce your information intake. Limiting your exposure to external information will help you to reduce stress, improve focus, calm your anxious mind and restore balance in your daily life. Give yourself permission to slow down and disconnect for a while. Be a mindful information consumer and stay off from social media or TV news for one day and observe how it makes you feel.
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