MIND the Dirt
We wash the dirt from our skin, cleanse the toxins from our bodies, however too often neglect to detox our minds. As Chris from 313FIT has highlight we live in a 24/7 world, featuring a constant stream of thoughts and information, even penetrating our minds in the few hours of sleep we squeeze in each night. He’s explained that feeling that we get when our ‘storage’ is full… it’s that anxiety that seeps into every aspect of our daily functioning and alters the way we think, our thoughts and intern our joy. This is when many of us find ourselves at breaking point, and often reach for a detox to start a fresh! While we are now equip with some excellent strategies to detox our bodies, and refill them with Produce Store goodness, I wanted to touch on the importance of aligning our minds, thoughts, environments and overall emotional health to achieve optimal results and have a cracking 2017. The old, MIND BODY & SOUL mantra…
Our brains construct our experiences, and there are so many factors that alter and shift our perspectives that are completely in our control, but often totally out of our awareness. What’s this really mean you ask ? Well, in a nutshell it’s a fancy way of saying that we can find excuses for anything in our lives, if we allow our minds to believe the thoughts we feed it. My point is about the importance of us being able to ensure our mindset is in alignment with actually achieving the physical, and practical goals we’ve set for each of the areas of our lives! Our Career, Health and Relationship goals look tops on paper, but unless our mindset aligns with what’s required to achieve the success, they will merely remain attractive dot points in your doodle pad, reminding us of what we haven’t yet achieved.
So how do we do it? How does one detox the mind, to insure it’s optimal health? Well, having long been a Woman who thought the word ‘detox’ was only for hippies, I want to share with you my top 5 tips for detoxing the mind. Sure, you are not going to adopt all of these overnight, but give them a go… it’s amazing what hitting the reset button will achieve.
- Create practical solutions for emotional problems, Many of us default on the idea that one emotion will cancel out or fix another. Meaning they attempt to fix being upset about something by seek a high to eliminate it. What we often fail to respect is that negative emotions are just calls to action that are being ignored through a little mental gymnastics and a lot of justification. Detoxing your mind is letting go of emotional highs in place of creating actual solutions.
- Schedule a regular mental purge, get a coffee and just write. Write down whatever weird thoughts continually cross your mind. Everything, all the little in-cohesive bits that are clogging your head. Just getting them out will give you relief.
- Cleanse your space emotionally, consider the emotional attachment you have to the things you keep around you. Did you buy those clothes to be someone you’re not? Are you surrounded by meaningless clutter? Let those things go, but decide what to let go by thinking about how they make you feel.
- Assess your circle. Take some time to evaluate those relationships most dominant in your life. Ensure they bring you positivity, joy, support, love and passion to your life. Many of us are surrounded by those who we feel obligated to remain connected too. Allowing this obligation to go, can be the beginning of new beginnings.
- Introduce yourself to the practice of meditation. I know Chris has mentioned it too, but that’s because it’s seriously so wonderful. Make it part of your life, and you will not turn back, its benefits are immediate and just continue to get better with practice. Be it an app, a book, a tape or a class… find the benefits in priorities your mental health.
So, there you have it a clean slate, a slate that will allow you to propel not only yourself forward in the best physical, emotional and mental state possible but also your family. The age-old saying that we have to ‘get our heads right’ is really as simple as it gets. By aligning our heads with our hearts, and our bodies… we can expect nothing more than the best version of ourselves to emerge.
Name: Laura Skirrow
Occupation: Clinical Nurse, Wife, Mum, writer and motivator
Facebook: Laura Skirrow/empowerMums
I’m Laura Skirrow and I am a Clinical Nurse, Transplant Coordinator, wife, ‘writer’ and ‘words’ enthusiast and a ‘Mum’ to a beautiful little boy. I have a reasonably newfound passion to empower women to maintain their self-identity, physical and mental health, and overall lifestyle balance during the motherhood journey. Like many, progressing through the transition from independent career woman, to ‘Mum’ presented its challenges to say the least. For me, balance with a baby came by coupling my existing passions of self-growth, words, people and my career with my newfound love of health and fitness. It’s beautiful, and as a result I seek to share it with the masses of other women sharing this path.