What is a mental cleanse, you ask?
Just like we do a cleanse or a detox for our bodies, because of all of the gook and residue from fried foods, breads, and other delicious poisons… Our MINDS need the same break from all of the information that clouds our thoughts. We are bombarded with so much on any given day. If we take a moment to release some of the extra ‘mind clutter’ , we’ll see an amazing difference.
Picture this typical day….
You wake up and you’re feeling wonderful from a good night’s rest, but then you get a text message from your girlfriend who is always gossiping about a mutual friend. You hate being in the middle, but of course you still text her back your two cents to try to keep the peace.
Then, you get to work and the newspaper is on your desk and the cover story is about the economy and how you might be out of a job, oh and there’s a rapist on the lose so be careful going to your car tonight! You think …I better bring my MACE!
Then you attempt to start working, but your desk has 5 million sticky notes all over it, piles of things to be filed, and your desktop has so many folders you can barely see the face of your child on the monitor’s wallpaper.
You attempt to get some work done, but you get an instant message from your co-worker two cubicles down who is complaining about her husband again who cheats but she never leaves him anyhow….
How are you feeling now? Not too good eh?
OH…I FORGOT TO MENTION, it’s only 11:30am!
Does this feel even somewhat familiar? Well..start to think about your basic day- to- day interactions that shift your mood that you HAVE control over. What can you do to cut down or avoid these things, if even for ONE WEEK?
KNOW THAT YOU HAVE CONTROL!
HERE ARE SOME BASIC TIPS TO START A MENTAL CLEANSE – You don’t have to escape to the mountains of Peru for a week, there are some things you can do right now to gain some peace of mind.
When you start to cut out the unnecessary distractions you’ll have more time. Use that to do call a family member you haven’t checked on in a while, write thank you letters to clients and mentors one day a week. In the next 4 weeks I want you to cut down on something a little bit more each week and see how you feel?
What will your ONE THING BE? Take a moment to think about it…
IT’S YOUR JOB TO MAINTAIN YOUR BOUNDARIES. Remember you train people how to treat you and respect your time. LEARN HOW TO AVOID MENTAL CLUTTER by doing a mind cleanse even a few days a week and you’ll see a huge difference in your life. You’ll become more effective and yes…happier!
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