As the year comes quickly to an end, we thought we would give you some tips on how to effectively detox your mind and leave you renewed and refreshed for the New Year to come. Since our lives are all so jam-packed throughout the year, we feel it is essential to take a pause throughout this transition period to reflect, project, and recharge, and strongly encourage you to do the same!
Here is our 7-Step Mind Detox (feel free to make up your own):
Take some time out to reflect on the year that was. Put aside any distractions (aka turn your phone on aeroplane mode) and just write, draw, talk, or think. Ask yourself: what significant experiences and milestones occurred in the world and my life during the past year? Is there something I am particularly proud of? Is there something I could have done differently? Am I satisfied with where I am currently at?
Is there something left unsaid, undone, or unheard from this past year? Now’s your chance to get complete with whoever/whatever it is in order to liberate yourself from 2017 and successfully turn a new page in your book of life.
Distractions aside once more, continue the conversation with yourself….What do I hope to achieve by this time next year? How do I want to improve myself and my life? What is limiting me and how I can I overcome it?
Get straight on tangible changes you wish to implement in the new year and set up a mechanism of reminders to ensure it happens. Eg. Attend a meditation session three times a week, exercise for half an hour each day, or pause to take a mindful breath every hour. Use post-it notes in random places, calendar event reminders on your phone, or a laminated poster in the shower to keep reminding yourself once you get back into the daily grind.
Get clear on exactly what it is that you want for yourself. Affirmations are an effective methodology used to overcome self-limiting beliefs and build character traits you wish to develop. They are statements which are contradictory opposites to the self-limiting belief or habit you wish to erase, and they express the qualities or character traits you wish to develop. You can repeat these statements every morning when you wake up, or at the end of your meditations (when your brain activity is in a state most conducive to accessing the subconscious mind).
During the course of the year, we understandably get so caught up in getting through our to-do lists that we inevitably let a fair few things fall to the wayside. One of those things might be connecting with friends who aren’t in our immediate network, extended family who live abroad, or acquaintances we met while traveling once upon a time. Take the time to call/text/FB/whatsapp a few of these folk, just to show you still care. It feels awesome!
We’re sure that there is something you have been meaning to sort through for a while now….Whether it is your cupboard, your desktop, your photo folders or your inbox. We find that the state of our surroundings can often be an external manifestation of our internal state of affairs. Naturally, the ‘busier’ our daily lives, the messier our surroundings become as we simply don’t have the spare time to clean up. By sorting through our drawers, replying to those emails, or deleting those files, it can have a real liberating effect on our minds!