A 7-Day Mental Detox
Day 1: Wake up with a purpose. Today you are not going to focus on negative thoughts. Learn to carefully monitor your thinking. You have the power to mentally switch off from the thoughts that are not beneficial to you. When you feel negative thoughts coming into the foreground of your mind, make a conscious decision to change your thoughts and redirect yourself to positive thinking. Challenge yourself to replace negative thoughts with empowering thoughts. Take a moment at the start of your day to set your priorities and make a short to-do list. Find a few minutes in your morning, for example, whilst eating your breakfast, to sit quietly instead of rushing straight into your day’s activities.
Day 2: Fill your mind with positivity. Spend five minutes in the morning thinking about someone or something that inspires you. Celebrate your success and achievements so far before rushing into today’s new challenges. For a whole day, think and say positive things. Hold back on saying anything that is going to project negative energy. Decide from now on you will only share good news.
Day 3: Focus on your breathing. You have a choice in the way that you respond to the things that annoy or upset you. Breathe slowly and inhale deeply so that you can respond to everything from a calmer place.
Day 4: Do less. Having less to do means that what you actually do in your day can be done more slowly, more fully and with more concentration. Give yourself a more realistic time frame to get things done.
Day 5: Move more. Heading outside and walking can clear your mind. The release of endorphins from physical activity will immediately lift your mood and enhance your wellbeing. Regular exercise can help to boost your self-esteem. It can make you feel a strong sense of self-worth and make you feel accomplished from meeting exercise goals. Relaxing exercises such as yoga or gentle stretching can help to achieve better sleep.
Day 6: Start a new bedtime routine allowing plenty of winding-down time and a moment to be grateful for the day that’s been. At the end of the day, sit for a moment in silence. Become comfortable with stillness. Spending a few minutes in silence can bring things into perspective for us. Turn off technology an hour before bed. Think about your day and review how you are feeling. Acknowledge this, and remind yourself that ‘all is well.’ Make a herbal tea and spend a few tranquil moments enjoying your drink.
Day 7: Set aside some time to take care of yourself. Treat your mental health with the same importance as your physical health. Recognise signs of stress such as anxiety, anger and exhaustion. By recognising these signs you can be proactive in your response and take a moment to slow down. Laugh often and make fun a priority. Pamper yourself and do something that will make you feel good.