5 WAYS TO SPRING CLEAN YOUR MIND
Rebranding my blog has been one the most challenging tasks of 2017. Feelings of hopelessness and uncertainty clouded A LOT of my judgement, and I didn’t know if the transition would be well-received. Then this light bulb went off in my head, reminding me that the only person I’m in competition with is myself. The only person I owe anything to is myself. So if this novelty was going to succeed, it would be because I wanted it to.
So many people think that blogging is so very easy, but the reality is, is that it takes a ridiculous amount of time, effort, snatched edges, blood, sweat, and tears! How did I overcome those feeling of anxiousness? Truth is, I’m still working on it, chile. But at least I have a plan of action to conquer those demons. Here are 5 ways to spring clean your mind and improve your “can do” attitude.
Whenever someone asks me what my secret is to maintaining my sanity, I tell them that there is no secret, because I have faith in God. For me, I find it extremely comforting knowing that no matter how high the mountain, it’s no match for my faith. The commitment and consistency that prayer requires became easier once I realized that I’m not alone on this journey. Every day, I remind myself that God has my back, and that helps me to rest easy at night.
According to Yoga International, “Meditation is a precise technique for resting the mind and attaining a state of consciousness that is totally different from the normal waking state. It is the means for fathoming all the levels of ourselves and finally experiencing the center of consciousness within. Meditation is not a part of any religion; it is a science, which means that the process of meditation follows a particular order, has definite principles, and produces results that can be verified.” Often confused for prayer, meditating is the act of simply being proactive instead of reactive in your thoughts. Stressful situations tend to bring out the worst in me, but I’ve learned how to control my thoughts and attitude about things that I simply cannot change.
I think Auntie Oprah said it best: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” So, guess what? Every single time I find myself on the road of grievance, I close my eyes – and give myself a reality check. I think about the time when I prayed for all of the things I have right in this very moment. I think about the people who are less fortunate than I am. I remind myself that worrying about the future is counteractive to living in the moment. I remember all of the people who have made sacrifices for me to ensure that I made something of myself. Be grateful for what you have and see how the universe works in your favor.
Real talk, it took me about six months to psych myself up to get back in the gym. It wasn’t enough that some of my favorite clothes didn’t fit, but I was felt like crap. And when you “feel” like crap, you kinda look like crap, too. Or at least I did in my mind. Back in the saddle, those endorphins kicked in, and baby it feels like heaven. I’m not saying that y'all should get out there and compete in Iron Man competitions and what not, but it has been proven that regular exercise does improve clarity of the mind and reduce stress. And you’ll look super cute in your swimsuit, or whatever else that rocks your world.
LEARN TO SAY NO (AND MEAN THAT …ISH)
See what I did there? And it really is that simple, y’all. Sometimes we over-commit ourselves without realizing just how damaging it can be to our health. Yes, lending a helping hand and being supportive of others is a fantastic attribute to have, but how much of ourselves are we giving freely without taking a time out? It’s okay to say “NO” to protect our energy. When I relaunched, I knew that I wanted to make self-care a priority, but I wanted to do it without feeling regretful. I started saying “NO” (hell no if you nasty) to the things that don’t inspire or align with my goals. I learned that you are the only person who can make that decision for yourself, and no one will judge you for it.
How do you spring clean your mind? Leave your comments below, and let’s keep the list going!