Aoife Ryan gives us hints into detox our minds…
During January, there has been a lot of talk about how to detox your body after the festive season. While cleansing and restoring your body is important, the new year is also a really good time to try and focus on detoxing your mind. A mind detox will help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, helping you to organise yourself better and be a happier you!
Here are some tips to help with the process:
- Get Organised
Take a full day or two to yourself and clear your house of any unwanted clutter or mess. When you’re living in an unorganised environment it’s very hard to have a clear mind. Focus especially on your bedroom – clear out your wardrobe, throw away or donate anything you don’t wear or use anymore. Sometimes re-arranging the furniture in your room can give you the feeling of a fresh start, and help you to feel more on top of things.
Make lists of tasks you need to carry out/have been putting off. Prioritise – do what you feel is most important firsts and allocate time for the rest…writing down a date to have something done by can help make sure you don’t forget about it.
- Switch Off
We are overloaded everyday with a constant stream of noise and information through multiple sources of media. Stepping away from technology for a few hours every day can be a huge relief. Try going out for a walk in the park and leaving your phone and music at home. Having no other distractions will allow you to really take in and enjoy your environment, alone with your thoughts. Taking time to be mindful out in the fresh air can help you understand and organise what’s going on inside your head. This also gives peaceful time to work through and find solutions to things that may have been wearing you out emotionally.
Try to reduce your consumption of sweet treats and processed/convenience foods. There is often a feeling of guilt follows indulging in comfort foods. Ease sweet cravings with fruit or a distraction like a hot bath or a walk.
Cut down on the amount of caffeine you drink. When living a busy lifestyle it is very common people get into the habit of drinking multiple cups of tea/coffee a day. The buzz these provide make you feel more able to carry on with energy, but in reality they cause you to crash sooner and can set your mind racing and make it harder to focus in the long run. Reducing alcohol consumption has also been seen as a beneficial way of keeping a clear head.
Keep hydrated throughout the day to help ease hunger distractions and cravings and the keep your head organised. Don’t skip meals – always factor in time to your day to have a balanced breakfast, lunch, and dinner. This will stop your energy levels from dipping and keep you on track throughout your day.
- Wake Up To Positive Thoughts
When you wake up in the morning, take 10-15 minutes before you get out of bed and fill yourself with gentle thoughts. Think about nice things you will be doing with your day, what friends you will see etc. Try to avoid waking up thinking about the list of things you need to get done that day. Waking up in a happy mind frame often lightens the tone for the rest of the day, eliminating a lot of unnecessary anxieties.
- Relax and Get Your 8h+
At the end of your day take some time to unwind – watch a nice movie, listen to some calm music, read a book, or light some candles and soak in a hot bath. Having some time to yourself before bed where you can escape from anything that may be on your mind can be very soothing and help you to have a better nights sleep. When your head is racing all day with schedules, deadlines or anxieties of any kind, it is very hard to go to bed at night and switch them off. It is very common that these plays on your mind will make it hard for you to nod off at night and may interrupt your sleeping pattern throughout the night. A bad nights sleep will leave you tired the next day, making you less able to cope with stresses of the day as well, and here a vicious cycle starts.
By allowing yourself some much needed “me time” and taking time to unwind you will nip this cycle in the bud.