Do you ever try and fall asleep yet your mind is still racing?
Are you sitting in a meeting or church thinking about a thousand other things rather than focusing on the presenter?
Are you mid sentence and completely forget your thought?
Have you ever forgotten what your kids said even though they only said it 10 minutes ago?
Then my friend, you too need mental clarity. Thoughts are natural, there is NO escaping them. But there are times when they overwhelm and start to control us in a negative and NOT positive way. If I don’t carve space for mental clarity, I find myself complaining and competing in ways that are NOT healthy.
One of the best pieces of advice I can offer myself is to build in more pause moments in my life. Life for me moves rapidly. In the past six weeks I’ve traveled to Dallas twice, New Jersey and Toronto. Over and over agin my thoughts try to overrun me.
How do I turn it OFF?
You don't, but NOW is the perfect time to harness a new way of thinking. March madness is here. Below are a few things that recently supported me in harnessing mental clarity:
- Take deep breaths (deep breathing helps lower blood pressure)
- Take a walk (at the suggestion of my doctor, I take an afternoon walk to decompress from my work day)
- Turn OFF the 24 hour news cycle (stay WOKE, but don't listen to the constant 24 hours news banter on TV)
- Limit social media (seeing what everyone else is doing contributes to negative and discontent feeling about ourselves - limit your time)
- Turn OFF notifications (STOP the constant chiming of notifications from every app coming to your phone and smartwatch, it is TOO distracting)
|My sunset walks SAVE my sanity!|
These are a few things that helped me quiet the voices in my head. Focusing on my greatest life priorities actually yields less time to be distracted by my negative inner critic. I can’t imitate trying to be someone else, that’s exhausting. I’m going to show up in the world as the best Roslyn I can be. Free of wild thoughts and embracing mental clarity to make more effective decisions. CHOOSE today to sit still and breathe. (Posted by Roslyn)