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Monday, 1 January 2018

The Five Minute Mental Detox To Start Your Day Right !


Laurentine ten Bosch writes:
"Ever feel like your brain is swarming with bees and you can’t construct a clear thought? There’s nothing worse than the mental fog that comes from having a ‘wired and tired’ mind or a terrible night’s sleep. Even while we sleep, our brains are busy working and sifting through mental clutter from the day before. So try this easy 5-day challenge: pick one of these simple, fast techniques to perform for five minutes first thing in the morning for five days straight, and notice how different you feel!

1. Reconnect With Nature
Our body’s natural circadian rhythms are kick-started by natural light. Plus, our brain loves to absorb natural scenery. First thing in the morning, take a five minute breather outside. Gaze upon the sky, listen to birdsong and feel the sunlight on your face. It’s amazing how this connection with nature can actually make you feel connected with yourself!

2. Practice Gratitude
When your heart is full of gratitude, there’s little room left for anger, fear or stress. For five minutes, write freely about all the things in your life that you feel grateful for. You may like to start with the simple things, like access to fresh food and water, but you may be surprised how richly blessed your life really is when you focus on how much good you have!

3. Do A Digi-Detox

How often do you wake up and reach for your phone? If you’re like many people, there’s a good chance that the first moments of your day are spent scrolling on Facebook or delving into emails. The trouble is, when you start your day with digital stimulation, you are starting your day on somebody else’s terms; your mood and thoughts are automatically influenced by the news, latest gossip or external demands in your inbox. Give yourself five minutes to start the day calmly on your terms, instead.

4. Read Something Positive
Opening your day with positive or inspiring words can have a powerful impact on how you filter your experiences for the rest of the day. Perhaps you could choose a quote that relates to an area of your life that you’d like to work on, or otherwise engage in reading that lifts your spirit and helps you to feel at ease.

5. Take 5 To Meditate
The benefits of meditation are profound. A daily practice of meditation can reduce anxiety and depression while simultaneously improving your focus and mood. There are no real rules for meditation and you can start by doing what feels best for you. Perhaps you’d like to simply breathe deeply for five minutes. Alternatively, you could practise clearing the mind and letting go of thought."

Words, picture and more to see from article here

I do think the digi-detox is a great idea. What do you think?
You may have other ways to help you start your day right!

All the best Jan

17 comments:

Pom Pom said...

I do think the digi-detox is a great idea.
I think walking outside even when it's very cold is good for the soul.
Happy New Year to you guys!

Tom said...

...great ideas, Happy New Year.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, these are all great tips! Thanks for sharing.
Happy New Year, have a great day and new week!

A Cuban In London said...

Happy New Year!

Greetings from London.

Betsy Adams said...

Great words for all of us.... Hubby and I sit for about 30 minutes every morning and do our devotions... Feels so good--and starts the day off correctly.

Since we had a rough 2017, I am looking forward to a new beginning for our families in 2018..... ME? Well---I need to stop stressing over things I cannot fix.... Stress causes so many health problems....

Happy New Year.
Hugs,
Betsy

Christine said...

Happy New Year! Thanks for this great start!

Elephant's Child said...

Some great tips. I find solace and healing in nature. Every day. And as dawn breaks here, I am watching the light extend further and listening to bird song.

only slightly confused said...

I nevver go near anything with a screen until I've been up for at least two hours.

Prunella Pepperpot said...

Brilliant tips!
Happy New Year to you all :)

Amy Purdy said...

Thanks for the great tips. I stay inside way too much. I need to make an effort to at least spend a few minutes outside each day. Some days the only sunlight I get is walking to the mailbox. Not good!

DMS said...

These are great tips. I try my best to start each day connecting with nature. It grounds me and calms me down. Thanks for sharing.

Here is to a happy and healthy 2018.
~Jess

Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

These are all great ideas. I always start my day with the digi-detox. I wash up, feed my cats, make coffee, open up the blinds... No need to rush to that computer!

Jo said...

There's some great ideas here and I think I could definitely benefit from them. I should definitely give it a try.

handmade by amalia said...

I'm guilty of reading emails first thing in the morning. I like the idea of going outside instead. The whole list is great and this is the time of year for better habits, thanks for sharing, Jan. Happy New Year.
Amalia
xo

Iris Flavia said...

Good tips! With the sun I have to wait till summer, though, as I start at 6 am.

Magic Love Crow said...

Great tips! I agree! Big Hugs!

Bob Bushell said...

Yet a winner, cheers Jan.