New Year, New Me, New Cleanse (It’s not what you think!)
It’s the new year- and so many people are focused on cleansing their body so they can start the new year off right. While taking care of your body is essential, a lot of people forget to take care of their mind. Your brain needs a cleanse just as bad. Have you noticed that you’re lethargic, sluggish, and have trouble focusing on simple tasks? This could be a case of sensory overload. When we take time to relax it usually takes place on our couch in front of the TV. Every day we are constantly looking at screens, whether your job is sitting in front of a computer or you’re constantly on your phone or tablet our lives revolve around technology. While extremely convenient, our mind has taken a toll. It is important to take time to let your mind and eyes rest from all of that artificial light and sound.
Here are some ways you can calm the mind, reset, and cleanse yourself of bad habits:
When you wake up in the morning is the first thing you do check your phone? Do you answer emails? Put on a TV show for background noise? Doing these things constantly can cause you to rely on your phone and electronic devices, you can actually get addicted! /I recommend not watching TV for one day, and pay attention to how fidgety you feel without all of the distraction. Instead of TV put on some music, read a book, meditate, do something to appreciate the silence and lack of distraction. Let your brain rest a little. Stop checking your phone, watching TV, and surfing the web about 30minutes-2hours before bed. The blue light emitted from those devices can actually disrupt your sleeping cycle. The blue light signals daytime, which means it’s time to get up. No wonder it’s so difficult to fall asleep with the TV on!
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to go outside more often. Even if it’s just for a 10-minute walk! Being outdoors is an instant stress reliever. Taking a break to walk while working can increase productivity, and it can even boost your endorphins! Remember to reconnect with nature, occasionally without listening to music. You’ll feel more grounded, motivated, and at peace when you take time to appreciate your surroundings. Not to mention you might find a new love in hiking, walking, or running out in the open, fresh air.
Limit/stop negative self-talk and thinking
These seem like no-brainers… but you’d be amazed how many people don’t even realize they’re doing it! The brain is a powerful thing, and although it is difficult, you can re-wire your brain to think positive. Whether you talk or think negatively to yourself because you’re unhappy with your body, you think you’re stupid, you hate your hair, whatever it is- stop it! You are the only person you have to live with, so you better figure out a way to love yourself! The more you treat yourself positively, the more positive your outlook on life will be, and people can feel that energy. Happiness is a choice, and sometimes it’s more difficult to make- but the more you practice and make the effort to consciously chose to look on the bright side of things the happier you will be. It’ll take some time, but I promise, it’s worth it!
A lot of the time we feel bad about ourselves because we’re comparing our self to someone on social media. Stop doing it. Learn to appreciate yourself. So what, maybe you don’t have a six-pack or a million-billion dollars… you’re a work in progress! Take pride in where you are on your personal journey, and never forget to look forward and never stop trying to improve. It might be hard, but so was learning to walk when you were a baby and no matter how many times you fell you never stopped trying. Look at you now- I bet you’re PRO at walking.
Take up a hobby
Whether it’s guitar, drawing, reading, brain games- something that uses your brain in a way it’s not used to, do it! Using your brain in new ways creates new synapses or bridges and pathways between different neurons. It’s like exercise for your brain, which is just as important and exercising the body. If you allow yourself to never learn anything new it’s like always doing the same workout, you will never progress unless you push yourself a little harder and use heavier weights. Get it? Exercise your brain… read a book or something.