A key aspect to being mindful is to be compassionate; to practice empathy. To be compassionate, you have to be in tune with your emotions. We are social beings which means we are constantly interacting with people and emotions are always at play. Not all interactions are positive. Negative emotions that you hold, can lead to stress and chronic diseases. And that’s why it is important to do an emotional detox. Here is what works for me:
- Let it go: It is important to acknowledge your emotions (Don’t just brush them off) and then find a way to let it go! Different people have different ways to “let it go!” …what works for me is to write down about the situation, how I felt in the moment, and if I did anything to address it. Most of the times, as I write it down, I realize that maybe that “hurt” was not as big as I thought it was. I also surround myself with positive people, and make a conscious effort to stay away from negativity.
- Digital detox: We are more globally connected than ever before, but life in the digital age is far from ideal. An average American spends more than half of their waking life staring at a screen. The negative psychological, social and cultural impact is real. How to do a digital detox:
- Disable push notifications
- Avoid being on your phone all the time. Schedule time on your calendar to check your phone and emails.
- Leave your phone at home or put it on airplane mode while working out, at dinner, or when you are meditating.
- Get over FOMO (FEAR OF MISSING OUT). You are not missing anything if you are not on facebook or twitter or Instagram all the time. 🙂
- Clean mental clutter: Making a to-do list before you end your day is helpful to calm your mind. Also, it is important to know and understand that you can’t please everyone, so don’t try too hard. Also, know that it is OK to say “no” when you know saying “yes” will cause you stress.
- Meditate: helps with focusing on the present. It helps me calm down and destress.
- Doing nothing time: It is a common misconception that being busy is equal to being productive. To have creative space, it is important to find pockets of time in a day to do “nothing”. “Doing nothing” does not mean what it literally means. While you are “physically” not doing anything, there is a lot your mind is doing, like introspection and reflection. During these “ doing nothing” times, your mind is most active and you get an opportunity to put things into perspective and great ideas come into mind.
Hopefully you find this tips helpful. If you do, please share with friends and family.
What techniques do you use for emotional detox?
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