Detox Your Mind

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I think everyone can experience a 'wobble' at some point in their life, most people may have a couple, and some people have continuous or multiple 'wobbles' throughout their life. For me my current 'wobble' is defined as this moment in my life where I feel like I am walking the tiniest tightrope with a heavy weight of burden and sadness, whilst trying to balance my emotions and telling others I'm fine from the outside. Both my body and mind are out of sync with one another. It means something different to everyone but for me, right now, this is my wobble.

Personally, I'm working through a change in direction on a path I thought I was always destined for and up until recently I wasn't really sure what I was supposed to do. I don't like to reach out for help. I'm positive for everyone else around me, I'm the one who is always there for people and I probably never express how I'm really feeling on the inside. Who wants that burden!?

I'm not an expert on 'detoxing ones mind' but I have discovered some useful tips and help from others, whilst trying to detox mine, that I wanted to pass on in the hope that it could one day support another.

This is what I have done so far to detox my mind:

1. Write lists - I have written a list about all the things I am stressed about. Another list on all the things I love about my life. I wrote a list on what I cherish most in life. Lists on what makes me sad and what brings joy and happiness in my life. It has allowed me to empty my mind and re-focus on what matters to me. For the lists that make me sad or stressed I have reflected on them. I have re-visited them and crossed things off that I consider no longer important or irrelevant. For the lists of things that made me happy, I started to do those things again. Not all of them at once - I'm taking one day at a time, but it has helped me focus. A bunch of flowers in my favourite vase and my favourite chocolate whilst watching a film (my diet was on the 'stress list'!) You get what I'm trying to say.

2. Disperse negative or anxious energy by turning to exercise - now before I go on I have to point out that I am not anti-exercise but I am lazy. My current attitude towards going to the gym is poor. For me it was thinking outside the box. I went with a friend to a trampoline park. I bounced my troubles away quite literally and had so much fun. It was great to take my mind off things and bounce around feeling like a complete fool. But I didn't care. Whilst jumping around and diving into foam pits I felt energised, motivated and most

3. Assess what activities in life are consuming you - now this is a difficult one because we have responsibilities in life and things that need our time and focus. For me blogging has always been a big part of my life. I love writing, creating interesting posts and taking photos of products etc but sometimes it can be a burden. It can consume me. The same goes for social media - it almost goes hand in hand. I am constantly on my phone and because it is also my job, I have no break from it. Now I'm not about to give up my day job don't you worry but I have noticed that it took time away from me. You will have noticed that I haven't blogged in a couple of months now. I purposely took time away from my blog to re-focus and energise. Not because I hate blogging or anything like that, but because I needed some 'me' time.

4. Try something new or do something different! I went a bit drastic here but it's relevant so bear with me. I got a tattoo. I had it designed for ages and never booked it in. I've wanted it for over a year but something always held me back. I achieved some small victories recently and felt like now was the right time to do it. It's perfect and I love it. I can't wait to start the rest of my sleeve.

Photo credit: Sam Ricketts - Black Chalice Tattoo

5. Meditate - no seriously! I occasionally take a yoga class and I love how relaxed and chilled out I feel after my class but I realised I need to feel a bit more like that on a day-to-day basis. I've had trouble sleeping recently and had a chat with a couple friends who recommended different things to try and do before I went to bed. Someone suggested an app called Headspace. It has a free 10 day trial and then if you want to go on and explore further there is a subscription cost. The 10 days was perfect for me. I would listen to a module before bed and it would totally mellow me out. 

6. Meet someone new. I'm not saying you need to find someone to fall in love with - take it down a few pegs. I'm talking about a new friend, a mentor, a colleague. Someone to trust. Someone you can connect with. Meeting someone new can give you a fresh perspective and teach you new things. Be open to going out of your comfort zone. Find out about a new type of music or genre of film. A new way of eating Mexican food maybe or even just having a conversation about random shit with someone. Never underestimate the power of having someone new in your life. Everyone has good and bad days. Having someone to talk to can be the difference between happiness and sadness. Be a good listener, offer your opinions and thoughts, share your passions and knowledge with someone. It's a two-way thing and it can be so rewarding.

Like I said these are all small victories for me but I'm incredibly proud for working my way through my wobble. It's not a done deal. In fact I will have good days and bad days again and when I do I will re-visit my post and remind myself of where I am now. Everyone has different ways of coping.

This has been an incredibly difficult post to write and publish but I'm finally in a place where I feel comfortable to talk about it and clearly my break away from blogging is short-lived but I feel ready to get back on the horse again - so to speak!

Thank you for reading as always xoxo
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