Does Stress Create Toxicity?
If you’re someone who tries to maintain a positive mindset, you may have noticed that it’s not easy to stay focused or enthusiastic when everything and everyone is fighting for your attention. Through the news, blog posts, podcasts, videos, emails, or conversations, there are so many ways information can overload us.
This overload clouds our brains and causes us more stress than necessary.
That’s when the negative vibes start to take over.
Our emotional state can also lead to physical ailments possibly indicating that we are going through a difficult time in which negative thoughts and emotions have taken control.
For example, chronic neck pain could possibly indicate an inability to see different perspectives.
Unexplained pain in the hips could be a sign that we’re overrun with fearand unable to make important decisions.
Upper back pain is associated with heartbreak;middle back pain is related to the inability to let go of the past; and lower back pain is connected to financial stress.
Experiencing pain in the knees may indicate fear, pride and lack of control over the ego.
To see a full list of how emotional stressors manifest in our physical body, CLICK HERE.
Here are five ways to free up some headspace and get your peace of mind back:
How to Detox Your Mindset:
GIVE YOUR BRAIN SOME SPACE
Is your mind feeling cluttered? One of my favorite ways to free up space in my mind is to do a brain dump. I know that’s not a pretty term, but it’s when you get a piece of paper and write ANYTHING that comes to mind.
Let go of the information you don’t need in your brain by spring-cleaning your to-do list.
Another way to free up space is to bring awareness to any negative thought patterns you may be having.
What do you keep dwelling on that’s taking up headspace?
REDUCE NOISE + NEGATIVITY
If you’re anything like me, you easily absorb other people’s energy. That’s why it’s so important to be around positive and good-humored people. The same is true for the types of information you consume online. If we don’t spend any time alone without interference from others, we lose sense of what our own thoughts and opinions are.
Follow and interact with people who add value or positivity to your life.
Then, ask yourself how you can remove what is not valuable to you.
Unsubscribe, unfollow, and perhaps try a media detox to give your brain a break.
GO TO YOUR HAPPY PLACE
Identify what calms your mind instead of overwhelming it. This could include activities like meditation, reading, yoga, or watching your favorite TV show. It could also be a physical space like your bedroom, a yoga studio, or the middle of a forest. Whenever your thoughts start to turn negative, go to your happy place to calm your mind.
One of the reasons we get overwhelmed and distracted is because we multi-task. By now, you’ve probably heard that multi-tasking is not good for our brains or our productivity levels. This constant need to gain more information by scrolling through the internet is only causing us more stress.
Instead, practice that art of not reacting to every impulsive thought or idea you have. One way to do this is the one-tab challenge. Sound too extreme? These mindfulness practices are great for clearing your mind and preventing impulsive actions.
MAKE THE TIME
Grab your planner and pencil in time to brain dump, stay away from social media, and do activities that keep your mind calm. Purposely carve out and schedule time to let your mind reset. After all, having a blissful mind is something that genuinely takes commitment and dedication.
P.S. I highly recommended reading Essentialism by Greg McKeown if you want to get more focused on the things that truly matter to you.
How to practice mindfulness when you don’t want to meditate….
GO FOR A WALK! TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR NATURE WALK:
- Find a trail or park with few distractions.
- Turn your phone off or leave it in the car.
- As you walk, observe the colors, shapes, sounds, smells, and even the feeling of what’s around you.
COLOR! TO MAKE THE MOST OF COLORING:
- Set an intention for your practice (ex. wanting to feel more compassionate, grateful, creative).
- Choose a coloring design that is visually appealing to you.
- Focus on your intention throughout the coloring process.
SIT QUIETLY! TO MAKE THE MOST OF BODY SCAN MEDITATION:
- Sit or lay in a comfortable and quiet spot.
- Be present with your body as you notice how each area feels.
- Breathe into any areas of discomfort, and try not to fidget.
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