The mind is incredibly powerful. It sets the tone for your day and your life. Next time you feel yourself slipping into negative thoughts or feeling overwhelmed, try one of these quick ways to cleanse your mind.
1. Moments of stillness
Sit quietly in a comfortable position and focus on your breath. Breath in for a count of four and breath out for a count of eight, repeat until you feel your mind calm and your body relax. Let your thoughts drift in and out. Whenever a thought pops into your head, acknowledge it, don’t dwell on it, and send it on its way.
2. Don’t spend time with people who bring you down
There is no place for Debbie downers in life. Negative people can suck the joy out of any event. If you find yourself around people who make you feel down, limit the time you spend with them. Don’t let their negative mood kill your vibe.
3. Be curious
Truly engage with the world around you. Appreciate the little things. Marvel at nature. Next time you are sitting in traffic, instead of stressing, look over at the person in the car next to you and ask yourself what their story is. Where are they going? Where did they come from? Wondering about others experience will give you more patience and understanding.
4. Ask yourself why
Next time you experience a negative emotion, reflect and ask yourself what brought it on and what you can do about it. We all have bad days. Everyone looses their temper. To make these events fewer and further between, take the time to reflect on the event and understand why it happened. Maybe you were hangry and took it out on a colleague. Next time, plan ahead and make time for lunch or a quick snack before having that conversation. Reflecting on emotions will help you better understand yourself and give you more control over your emotions.
5. Spend time in nature
Nature offers one of the biggest boost to mental and physical well-being. Spending time in nature or even looking at pictures of natural environments can help restore mental energy according to a study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. Another study showed that spending time in nature can lower heart rate and decrease the stress hormone cortisol. Step away for your desk for a few minutes and enjoy lunch outside. Go for a run in the park. Even looking out the window at a natural landscape has been shown to have benefits.
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