After the holidays or a big vacation, many of us look for ways to clean out our bodies. We’ve just spent weeks or sometimes months filling ourselves with junk, and cleaning it out is the first step in returning to a healthy lifestyle. It’s a reboot of sorts, and it usually makes us feel better.
While this is an excellent way to regain focus over our physical fitness, why is it reserved to our bodies? If this technique is so effective, shouldn’t we use it for other areas of our health as well?
A great way to use this fitness tip is with our mental health. We all get physically bogged down from time to time, but most of us get bogged down mentally on a regular basis. And yet … we don’t take the time to clear our minds and protect our mental health from the overload. To get a handle on your mental health and keep it in the best shape possible, check out the following detox tips for a healthy mind.
Wake Up a Little Earlier
This might seem like a strange tip for mental detox, but your mornings make a huge dent in the remainder of your day. When the morning is rushed and messy, so is your mind, and subsequently, the rest of your day. To avoid the typical morning madness, give yourself a few more minutes. Even 30 minutes can make a huge impact on your ability to get prepared without a fuss. Ease your body into it. Start by waking up 10 minutes earlier, then 15, and then 20, and so forth. This won’t necessarily keep mental stressors away from your life, but it will give you a better power for dealing with them, thus keeping you from getting overwhelmed as easily.
Get Yourself a Hobby
To stop thoughts from whirling around in your mind uninvited, purposely place your thoughts elsewhere. An excellent way to do this is with a hobby of your choosing. It should be something that you truly enjoy or have always wanted to do. This way you are more likely to fully engage yourself in it. Perform this activity every day, preferably toward the end of the day so that your mind can unwind and release any tension or lingering stress before day’s end.
Write It Down
Sometimes all it takes to clear your mind is to literally get your thoughts out. Take a pen and pad with you everywhere, and write down your thoughts as they come. You don’t have to write down every thought, but getting the important ones out may help you both remember them later and stop worrying about them now. An alternative to a pen and pad could be a notes app on your phone or tablet. This is a great way to unload your mind, organize your thoughts, and protect yourself from becoming mentally overwhelmed and unhealthy.
A full and clouded mind doesn’t always lead to serious mental health issues, but it is never a bad idea to keep every aspect of your health in top shape. Use these tips to get yourself started mentally. Clear your mind, feel your best, and set yourself up for optimal health and wellness in every way.
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