Updated: Dec 2, 2021
1. Set an Intention
A helpful way to start is by setting an intention for the season, or next chapter of your life. This helps you step into a new dynamic in a conscious way,, instead of leaving it up to change. List all the ways you wish to grow in your life, your dreams in terms of where you want to be. Note down a word or phrase you can identify the overarching feeling of what you want to achieve. When you think of this intention write down in a place you can see often so that you are reminded of your highest intention for the season.
2. Spend Time Outdoors
Spending time outside has the power to invite, inspire, encourage and increase energy levels to your mind and body. It is also effective in your physical and mental health by lowering your stress levels and increasing your ability to concentrate. With this kind of power getting outdoors might be the best way to detox your mind.
3. Schedule Time and Space Without Technology
In order to get into a deeper state of self-reflection and mental clarity, you’ll want to set aside time without distractions such as your phone or laptop or other electronics. Most of the day we spend time on these devices on social media platforms. When you are at mercy of notifications it means you are living according to someone else's agenda. When you detach from these items you are in charge of your own time. The best way to do this is to set up tech-free boundaries in advance here are some good ideas:
- Ditch your phone one day a week If thats too much try half a day
- go for a walk every day without your phone
- silence your notifications and phone for an hour or two each day
- designate a room in your house where no technology is allowed
The average human mind has at least 50,000 thoughts every day, which means you have a new thought about every 1.2 seconds. This is why the human mind is often referred to as the monkey mind. It’s easy for the mind to follow the many random thoughts and get lost and distracted from priorities, so having a way to detox your mind is important to help you keep your focus.Meditation is an effective way to help calm the monkey mind. When you practice focusing on one thing at a time during meditation, you become more adept at focusing on one thing at a time in other areas of your life, too —essentially making the unhelpful and distracting thoughts that enter your mind less important, and enhancing your ability to focus on what needs your attention. This is how meditation helps you detox your mind and enhance your ability to focus.
Not into meditation? Here are 10 ways to clear your mind without meditating.
5. Journal or Vent
Sometimes you just need to get out what’s on your mind. Try setting a timer for 30 minutes and doing a brain dump of all of the things you want to complain about or challenges you are struggling with to let it all go and detox your mind from those nagging worries.
If you are journaling, write down anything that’s been bugging you. The people that get under your skin, the details that irritate you, and the problems that are in front of you.
If you are venting to a friend, give them a heads up that you need to get some things off your chest, and ask for their permission. Perhaps they need to unload also and you can take turns. The goal here isn’t necessarily to find solutions — although if you’re open to solutions, you can let them know. The goal is just to let it out.
Unload it all so it doesn’t have to weigh as heavy on your mind. When you’re finished, take a few cleansing breaths and reset your attention on your intention for the new season.
6. Ask Yourself Some Important Questions
Now is the time to take inventory of where you are in life and what you want to focus on and release. Ask yourself:
What’s working in my life, and what’s not?
What could be improved?
Are there any relationships in my life that are not offering me value or joy?
What is one bad habit that I feel ready to break?
Are there any activities, events, routines, or tasks in my life that are not worthy of my time and attention?
What’s the biggest mistake I’ve made this year so far, and what did I learn from it?
What do I really want?
What obstacle(s) is in my way of achieving this goal?
As you go through these questions, consider any roadblocks that are keeping you from being where you want to be. Don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself in identifying where those roadblocks are coming from — whether externally or within your own state of mind.
7. Let Go
Reflect on your responses and goals in life. What or who may be in the way of achieving your goals in life? What are you ready to release from your life in order to create space for something new? This could be a job, relationship, type of food, emotion, responsibility, limiting belief, time commitment, chore, or otherwise. Write down as many things as you can think of that are standing in between you and your success and happiness.
Then, commit to let it go.
8. Trim the Excess Fat from Your Calendar
After you’ve answered the tough questions and decided on what you want to let go of in your life, go through your calendar and remove anything that does not align with your highest intention and biggest priorities. If it’s not serving you, release it and take it off your calendar to create space for the things that light you up and move you forward in the right ways.
9. Say No
Now that you’ve detoxed your calendar of non-essentials, don’t add anything new that you don’t wish you add!
If you have a habit of being a people pleaser, or if you often find yourself overbooked or overwhelmed because you too-quickly say yes to requests for your time, take heed. While saying NO is very difficult for some people, it’s one of the most effective ways to keep your mind clutter and stress in check.
If you are not incredibly judicious about what you agree to, it means you will have to say NO to some of the things you truly care about — no one has enough time to do all the things they want to do, so life becomes a process of prioritizing the things that are most important and nearest to your heart.
Come back to your intention from Step 1, and imagine that this intention is already part of your life. Visualize for a moment that you’ve already embodied it fully. As if you’ve already integrated this intention into every area of your life, notice all of the details that come along with this. Observe how you feel in this imagined future and explore what your life looks like, with this intention being brought to life.
Whenever you feel like you need to de-stress, de-clutter, and detox your mind, follow these 10 steps and enjoy the clarity that follows.