Mental Restoration

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It is nearing the end of March and the first quarter of the year is almost over. Winter gloom has left and spring has entered the building. Most people have forgotten their new years resolution by now and are sinking into the abyss of day to day life. With the end of the holiday rush finally over, it’s time to re-evaluate your goals and where you’re at. By now a lot of you are exhausted and feel mentally drained. I have been there so many times before and realized it’s a completely normal thing to go through. The problem is most of us don’t take the time to renew and refresh and get let the outside world get to us. So I have a few steps that I take every now and to help me re-focus and center myself.

  1. Go back to the basics: take a day to strip away all distractions and get back to the bare necessities. Sleep in a little. Put your phone on silent. Do something where you are not sitting in front of a screen. You’d be surprised at how good it feels to not stare at a TV or computer screen, how relaxing it is to not answer calls and texts all day. With the advancement of technology, we almost find it odd seeing people interacting with each other in person and not via Groupme, Twitter, Facebook, or Snapchat. We’ve forgotten how good it feels to have human interaction and to have the sun on our faces. So give the technology a break for a day and go see the city.
  2. Prayer/Meditation: I would also call this quirt time. Sometimes I turn everything off, sit in my room and have some one and one time with God. I just pray about the things that I am going through, ask for guidance and just sit alone with my thoughts. I know to some that sounds challenging but if you allow yourself to just be free, you’ll find yourself
  3. Learn the art of saying NO: You don’t always have to be there all the time for everyone. Sometimes you need to just say “No”. It’s not being rude or impolite. It’s taking care of yourself. We all have to create boundaries for ourselves so that we don’t stretch ourselves to thin. Trust me when I say that you’ll get over people being bothered by you saying no and eventually others will respect your boundaries.
  4. Learn the art of saying YES: Often times I know I forget about what I need and don’t think to take time to do things for myself or try something new. I often find myself saying: sorry I can’t right now I have to do xyz or No thanks. I don’t think I would like that. If this sounds familiar to you STOP IT NOW! Say yes to new experiences. Say yes to things that make you happy. Happiness is a key to life (in my best DJ Khaled voice). If you don’t make sure that you are having fun, no one else will.
  5. Spend time with loved ones: There are days that I find myself wondering when I’ve seen a familiar face. When was the last time I talk to my best friend? Where have I been the past month or so?? In those moments I realize that i need to spend some quality time with my friends and family. These are the people that know and love me. The same goes for you. Anywhere for an hour to a weekend with those you love can honestly revitalize your spirit. The keep you grounded, fed, laughing, and most of all uplifted.
  6. GO TO BED: When I’ve hit my peak of mental exhaustion I find myself getting the least amount of rest.  Lack of sleep effects your work, your decision making, your ability to concentrate, along with a host of other things. Essentially it affects your life in general. Make a continuous effort to go to bed and get a good night’s rest.
  7. Get rid of all negativity: Negative people and negative thinking will destroy your thought process, overwork you, exhaust you and leave you feeling like you have nothing left. Remove anyone or anything that is not uplifting and positive. It’s one of the biggest pressures off your shoulders. You’ll be able to breathe easier.
  8. Reflection: Now that you’ve taken all these steps to get yourself back on track, reflect on the process. Take note of all things that you removed from your life and grab a hold of all is positive. The best is yet to come.

Other tidbits that help year round is writing in a journal, daily words of affirmation, indulging in your favorite hobbies, and travel to places you love or a place you’d like to explore. We only have this one life so we’ve got to our best to enjoy it.

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