Ways to Detox Your Inner Self

Ways to Detox Your Inner Self

Every one of us goes through daily stressors whether attending college, working from home, traveling to the office, or completing daily household chores. Just the way we maintain any machine to work efficiently; we also need to detox our mind and body on a daily basis to strike a balance between our daily hassles and mental health.

The following are some of the ways to detox your inner self and keep you calm -

  • Me Time-
  • Take some time out for yourself. Engage in any activity that you enjoy or gives you happiness at least for 20-30 minutes every day. Preferably a gadget-free time, in which you are engaged in an activity that gives you satisfaction.

  • Journaling-
  • Noting down automatic thoughts assists us to empty our minds go deeper and reflect. Journaling helps to get clarity about the situation or a problem that we are ruminating about and the possibility of analysing the problem situation in a realistic and rational way. In a way, it aids in releasing stress, and anxiety and reducing intrusive thoughts and mental clutter. It also increases the chances of setting and achieving goals and tracking progress and growth. You can dedicate 15-20 minutes a day near your bedtime.

  • Keep good company -
  • Spend time with friends and family whom you love and who understand and support you whenever needed. Opening your heart out, troublesome feelings out loud often helps lighten any tension it has generated and clear out your mind.

  • Regular exercise-
  • Everyday exercise for at least 30-40 minutes, in which your body is warm enough to start sweating. Physical exercise boosts your body and mind as well. Physical exertion releases proteins that ameliorate brain function. It also promotes more restful, restorative sleep. Exercise isn’t just good for your body; it reduces anxiety and depression, too.

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  • Relaxation-
  • It often seems like we are not able to easily incorporate ‘relaxation’ into our busy schedules. However, it is one of the healthiest activities to incorporate into our daily life. Everyday stress may take a toll on our mental health. Various forms of relaxation techniques help restore our energy and increase our sense of self.

    • Squeeze Muscles: Starting at your toes, pick one muscle and squeeze it tight. Count to five. Release, and notice how your body changes and muscle relaxes. Reprise exercise moving up your body.
    • Belly Breathing: Put one hand on your stomach and one hand on your casket. Sluggishly breathe in from your stomach (expand like a balloon) and Sluggishly breathe out (deflate). You can do 1 or 2 rounds of 25 breathings.

  • Mindful Meal:
  • Try to have awareness of the smell, taste, and look of your food while eating. Avoid accessing phones, TV, or any gadget while eating.

  • Meditation:
  • Sit in a relaxed, comfortable position. Pick something to focus on, like your breath. When your mind wanders, bring your attention back to your breath.

  • Coloring/ Mandala Art:
  • Color something. Focus on the colors and designs. Mandala's stress-relieving benefits are well known, but it can also help in physical healing. Numerous clinical studies conclude that it boosts the immune system, lowers blood pressure, and boosts sleep. It increases creativity and self-awareness as well as concentration. Another thing they do is push aside thoughts and let your creativity flow.

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  • Listening to Music:
  • Focus on the whole song, or listen specifically to the voice or an instrument. It provides a melodious auditory experience, helps release stress, and improves concentration and memory.

  • Make every day meaningful-
    • Be realistic with goals
    • Create healthy boundaries- Be assertive whenever needed.
    • Take care of your own needs and feelings
    • Reconnect with things you have been postponing for a long- learning a new skill, painting, dancing, etc.

  • Social media Detox-
  • Constant reels and feeds on social media notifications tempt you to keep scrolling for a long time unknowingly which makes you feel drained and restless. Try to monitor screen time consciously by using some tips like silent mode, do not disturb, turn off notifications of the apps, etc.

  • Remain Hopeful-
  • When things are not going your way, try your best to solve the problem but also remember that ‘this too shall pass’. All good things and bad things are temporary.

  • Make a plan and take action to reduce problems
  • When faced with a problem, try to think of a practical solution rather than focusing on the problem itself.

  • Seek help when needed-
  • Don’t feel shy. Talk to a professional Psychologist when you are in distress.

    Check with a mental health professional . If negative thoughts are prevalent in your life on a continual basis, consult with a therapist like a psychologist, a professional counselor, or a Psychiatrist. You may consider approaching a 24*7 Mpower 1 on 1 mental health helpline to discuss with a professional psychologist.

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