Healthy Cleansing Part 2 – Mind

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This article is Part 2 of the 3-Part Series “Healthy Cleansing: Body, Mind, and Spirit”. Read Part 1 – Body, and stay tuned and subscribe for Part 3 – Spirit.

Why would I want to cleanse my mind?

Well, the short answer is: because it’s enlightening! By giving it a good ol’ run through to clean out all the dust, cobwebs, ghosts, and negative nellies, you can break out of old thinking patterns, clear the fog, and respond with clear eyes to life’s greatest challenges (or, just the normal everyday stuff that comes up).

Ok, so how do we do it then?

Setting the intention to become aware of our thoughts and our mental state and then practicing the steps below to promote a healthy brain and happy life.

I started doing this without knowing it when I was having panic attacks on a regular basis. I found that if I got regular sleep and took care of myself more, I had less attacks. That was just the beginning. I realized that stress was the biggest culprit and I also realized that I could stop my panic attacks by taking control of my stress and cultivating more mind body awareness.

Specifically, when an attack was coming on, I noticed that my chest was getting tight and if I breathed deeply and focused on positive thoughts (it’s just a panic attack, I can get through it, I will be okay, I am safe and supported, etc.), and then clearing my mind as much as possible and just being present, the panic attack would stop. Eventually, this awareness spread to my daily life and they completely stopped coming. This is just one example of the power of clearing our mind and lightening its load.

By taking the steps below, your mind will experience less stress and live a happier existence…

Steps to take for a Clear, Sharp, Positive, and Creative Mind

These steps are most effective when taken often as part of an ongoing practice (but show benefits from as little as one try):

1. Meditate: Sure, it sounds good and all but does anyone actually do it? Heck yeah! Meditation is now one of the most highly documented holistic therapies for promoting a healthy mental state. Instead of just “clearing the mind”, meditation actually stimulates the prefrontal cortex and promotes higher thinking and neural development. So, you get the best of both worlds. The best thing? It’s free, easy and the results are instantaneous! Start with just 5 minutes a day of any meditation technique you would like. Check out the Mayo Clinic’s meditation page for more information on the different types of meditation.

2. Cultivate Positive Thinking: A negative outlook can contribute to everything from depression to heart disease to lowered immune system function. It can affect sleep, weight maintenance, the quality of our relationships, our social life, and even our ability to hold a job. It also stops positive transformation in its tracks! To help wipe out negativity, try one or more of the following; go complaint-free, keep a gratitude journal, give compliments freely, find beauty everywhere in your world, anticipate and reflect the positive happenings in your world, share your good news, use positive reinforcement, replace negative self-talk with positive self-talk, focus on what you want – not on what you don’t want. Maintaining a positive outlook takes practice but comes with a big payoff; and the more you do it, the easier it gets!

3. Practice Healthy Eating and Living Principles: These will set your body system up to support healthy brain processes and promote clear, sharp focus and balanced functioning. Healthy eating includes a balanced, whole foods diet and plenty of water. Healthy living practices such as plenty of sleep and down time, exercise and movement, social connection, physical touch, challenging yourself, exposure to new ideas, getting fresh air and sunshine, and engaging in creative activities seem like they are made for the brain. For more ideas, download the checklist “24 Healthy Living Practices to Support Your Highest Self” on the Free Downloads page.

4. Create: This healthy living practice needs an encore! Creating is more than just an activity. It is a sacred practice and one that sets us apart as humans as we have the ingrained ability to create beyond pro-creation and habitat building. Creating uses many parts of our brain and promotes a healthy mind body spirit connection. The only question is, “What will you create?”

Random Tips to Help Clear Your Mind

-Go for a walk, run, or hike
-Take a vacation
-Cultivate a garden
-Laugh!
-Free write (just let the words flow without judging them)
-Listen to music
-Color a coloring page (suggested by my 4yr old as I write this)
-Take a bath
-Smell the flowers (or indulge in aromatherapy)
-Zone out
-Play a game
-Get a massage
-Literally clear some clutter from your house
-Take a tea break
-Talk it out
-Craft
-Cuddle a pet
-Take a few deep breaths

Integrate these simple but powerful steps and tips into your life to promote not only a Healthy Mind, but a Healthy Mind Body Spirit Connection as well. Pick one to start today!

Where can you make the switch in your daily life? What do you like to do to clear your mind? Let me know and share below!

13 comments

This is so important. It’s hard for me to take care of my body and spirit when my mind doesn’t feel clear, sharp, positive, and creative.

by Stacey on January 21, 2015 at 12:09 pm. Reply #

That’s right Stacey! Cheers to being clear, sharp, focused, and creative so that we can be our best selves and experience greater harmony within 🙂 Thanks!

by Vyta Webmaster on January 21, 2015 at 1:57 pm. Reply #

I like your list of mind-clearing activities and I appreciate your point that diet and other physical wellness practices really impact us mentally. You’re doing a great job in this series of showing that mind-body-spirit wellness are both totally inter-related, and can be improved individually.

by Chara on January 21, 2015 at 1:50 pm. Reply #

Thank you so much Chara! It’s all connected 😉

by Vyta Webmaster on January 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm. Reply #

Love your tips to clear your mind. Meditation for me is my #1 tool. I also thrive on creation and find that helps me to process and release a great deal. Thanks for sharing your personal story concerning anxiety, I too feel it reduces in intensity when I feel safe and supported by myself.

by Lisa on January 21, 2015 at 1:51 pm. Reply #

Thank you for sharing Lisa! It is so empowering being able to overcome anxiety on our own. It is good to hear that you know what really helps you to feel your best and that you do them on a regular basis! A big hug to you!

by Vyta Webmaster on January 21, 2015 at 2:02 pm. Reply #

I agree! There are so many things I am actively trying to incorporate back into my life. Meditation is one of them. I even have a meditation seat and I am part of a meditation group – no excuses. One thing I did do in December is work on reducing the trash I feed my mind. No more gossip blogs and I am eliminating reality shows one by one! They used to be my guilty pleasure, but I am being more mindful of keeping positivity around me in all forms.

by Shanon on January 21, 2015 at 9:31 pm. Reply #

Woohoo! Good for you Shanon!!! It is so hard to break from that. I stopped reading the tabloids a few years ago and it wasn’t easy! Reality shows are addictive – I only let myself watch The Voice 😉 Good luck with it! It really helps and is very freeing

by Vyta Webmaster on January 22, 2015 at 4:32 pm. Reply #

I love the way you describe the mind-body connection. Currently healing from a bad bout with a chronic illness, I find myself looking for lots of reminders and this post was just right. And, while I’m already using many of the techniques you suggest I am long overdue for a massage. Thanks for the reminder.

by Andrea on January 21, 2015 at 2:09 pm. Reply #

Book it Andrea! It’s always a good time to get a massage 🙂 Thank you for your wonderful comment!

by Vyta Webmaster on January 21, 2015 at 11:19 pm. Reply #

Everything is connected – body, mind and spirit. When all are in balance our life flows. Your tips support this balance. Thank you for the “24 Healthy Living Practices to Support Your Highest Self” download! 🙂

by Debra Oakland on January 22, 2015 at 2:16 pm. Reply #

Excellent Debra! I am so glad you enjoyed the download! I <3 checklists, they are a quick and easy way to check in with ourselves 🙂 Thank you!

by Vyta Webmaster on January 22, 2015 at 4:21 pm. Reply #

A round of applause for your post.Thanks Again. Much obliged.

by motoapk nice post on May 4, 2017 at 3:31 pm. Reply #

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