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After completing an eight-day cleanse, I feel really amazing (in my body). The feeling right after cleansing is really the best, however it wasn’t just my body that went through the cleanse, I also sorted through some mental stuff too. Without even realizing or thinking about them, events re-surfaced in my mind. As they came up, I processed them and let them go.
This brought me to think about how many of us must have a lot of letting go to do. We all hold things in, and stuff that doesn’t matter gets caught lingering in our heads. We waste so much time and energy on irrelevant things and carry the burden inside ourselves, because we can’t get things off our chests. It is so important to take care of you first. Once you are good, you can make others feel good! When the haters are hating, you just need to let go. Here are 6 things I know will help you stay mentally fit!
1) Don’t be bullied or persuaded into doing things by friends. If you need a “you” day, whether it’s running errands or getting stuff done around the house – take it. If you don’t want to do something then simply don’t. If you don’t feel like eating BBQ and dessert then, don’t. If you don’t feel like going out drinking tonight, don’t.
2) Don’t gossip about people, events and situations. Speaking about things in a negative way brings additional attention and unnecessary negative energy. That said if you need to vent, do it. Write it down, write a letter, or confide in a friend you can trust. Don’t hold stuff in.
3) Deal with your thoughts. Is the situation mentally worth your time and energy? Think of all the points of view and possibile outcomes. Accept and understand the issues you’re dealing with; compartmentalize them in order of what is worth your head space; and generally let this “stuff” go.
4) Let go!! Don’t hold onto thins that don’t matter. This in itself is a huge process, partly because we hold onto stuff that we are unaware of. This additional mental baggage bogs us down, making it hard for us to move forward.
5) Pick (your) battles carefully. Sometimes it’s just not worth it, whatever it is – it will most likely work itself out.
6) Get rid of clutter. In your living space, to your mind to your life. All of it is heavy, and it will hold you back from moving forward.
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