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How to Turn Inward and Detox Your Mind

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When we are overwhelmed by confusion, our psyche tries to establish certainty to alleviate our discomfort. This is usually accomplished by mentally imagining and acting out a plot. Unfortunately, much of the time, we mentally visualize pessimistic (or worst-case scenario) scenarios to provide certainty.

But, right now, think about what story you’re telling yourself in response to this confusion. Playing out a scary story is of no benefit to you. It’s important to remember that what’s unknown has yet to be discovered. Take a step back, count to five in your head, and choose to concentrate on an inner story that makes you happy instead.

Turning Inward: What It Is & How It Helps

Turning inward and turning outward are two methods for paying attention. During the last two decades, turning inward has become a more important aspect of care. It’s a method of analyzing and becoming more mindful of your thoughts and feelings. Tuning in to your body and monitoring your emotional reactions accomplishes this.

Essentially, the aim is to teach your senses to ignore external stimuli. Various treatments will help you calm down and concentrate inside yourself by introducing you to turn inward using deep breathing and visualization strategies. Since they are less dependent on externals or verbal communication, anxiety and trauma treatments that teach patients to turn inward may seem awkward or uncomfortable at first.

However, as treatment progresses, the inner world becomes more secure, familiar, and healing.Unfortunately, most of us do not live our adult lives in this manner. Instead, we look to the outside world for solace, affirmation, and peace.

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.” – Buddha

 We’ve Forgotten How to Recognize and Resolve Our Unhappiness

In general, most of us are distracted in one way or another. We constantly multitask excessively, exhaust ourselves, and neglect our inner lives, which could bring us the most harmony, enjoyment, and happiness.

Of course, most of us have the potential to turn inward; we’ve just become uninterested in doing so. When we were kids, it was normal and easy to turn inward. We used to enjoy tasting and savour our favourite foods. We used to fall deeply into a sound and restful sleep. And we relished a familiar song, a sunny day, or taking a moment to think and daydream.

You were probably more aware of your interests and dislikes back then, based on what pleased you and able to pinpoint what harmed you. You shared and processed the pain before moving on.

Unfortunately, evidence suggests that we are conditioned to divert our attention away from our inner self along the way. Instead, we get caught up in daily distractions, complex relationships, painful experiences, and poor coping behaviours, severing the strong bond we once had with our core emotions. Fortunately, even while treating emotional distress that causes anxiety, therapists and researchers are discovering the importance of reconnecting you to your internal existence.

Here are some practical tips that will help you Turn Inward and Detox Your Mind

Be gentle with yourself and others.

With so much detail, you’re doing the best you can. When you start to feel irritated and overwhelmed, pay attention to what you are doing and thinking. When you become more conscious of what causes you, such as the fear of a pandemic, you give yourself the ability to react more thoughtfully. Instead, focus your energy on something that makes you and others feel comfortable.

Limit how much media you consume

It’s essential to keep up with current events. However, keeping updated does not have to consume you! Spending an hour on your phone reading a social media thread isn’t going to help you feel better; in fact, it’ll just make you feel more overwhelmed and anxious. As a result, become a media user who is aware and mindful. Plan to search reputable news outlets and restrict your time spent on them.

Get out of paralyzing analysis 

Stopping a stream of panicked thoughts can be extremely difficult. Stop what you’re doing and turn your body if you’re exhausted and experiencing “analysis paralysis.” Get your mind out of the way and into your body. Shake, twerk, dance, and hop around. Just get moving.

Love your body

It’s really easy to numb nervous emotions by eating low-energy foods and drinking alcohol. This avoidance tactic would almost certainly make you feel more stressed in the long run. So, as much as possible, practise self-care by respecting and enjoying your body. Keep the body healthy by focusing on conscious, medically sound behaviour.

Nurture your inner world

Simply concentrating on what makes you happy is a way to feel better. Here’s a short rundown of some stuff you might try: Watch programs that make you feel comfortable and don’t make you anxious. Make a call to your mates and have a pleasant conversation. In your living room, dance to music that makes you happy. Consider taking an online course. It will help if you read more books. 

Spend time in the great outdoors. Make the most of this time of active social distancing by nurturing yourself. Try meditating as much as you can.

“You either control your mind or it controls you.” – Napoleon Hill

A meditation to ease overwhelm so that you can tap into your inner well-being

Switch off your cell phone and find a quiet place to sit where you will not be disturbed. Sit upright with your legs uncrossed and feet planted firmly on the ground. Place your palms facing up. 

  • Bring awareness to your breath.
  • Breathe in and out on a count of five.
  • As you inhale, focus only on your breath; count for five and then exhale.
  • Focusing entirely on your exhale for the count of five.
  • Then on each inhale, mentally repeat the following words: I welcome inner peace and well-being.
  • On each exhale, repeat the following words: I release all overwhelm and fear held in my being. I am safe.
  • Breathe in and out, restating these mantras for as long as necessary.
  • As thoughts come up in your mind (they always do!), witness them and refocus your awareness back on your breath.
  • Try to do this for a minimum of five minutes. (You can get a free guided relaxation meditation that you can listen to here).

As it becomes more comfortable for you, increase your meditation length and practice this as often as necessary. Make it a priority to protect your mental space as much as you do anything else that matters.

If you have a constantly gossiping friend, either ask them to change the subject or avoid seeing them if they are unable to do so. Don’t watch the news for three hours a day if you know it would stress you out. Make a firm commitment to being the most grounded, happy individual you can be… and avoid allowing something to seize and hold your minimal attention.

I am business strategist-turned blogger. I realized that my passion is to help  other people realize their potential in life and help them to become the best versions of themselves. That is why I started my blog Classy Business Women, to help women in business to achieve their dreams.

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4 Reasons Why Content Is Pivotal For Mental Health Healing

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One of the most important things for an entrepreneur’s mental health is expressing their feelings, thoughts, and emotions. This is where content creation and writing becomes pivotal. Whether you read something that resonates with you or you write a compelling blog post, the act of expressing yourself through content can help to put a smile on your face and make you feel better about things.

Most entrepreneurs don’t spend as much time taking care of their mental health as they should. Over the course of your career, you will experience a lot of ups and downs; these emotions have the potential to take a toll on your mind and body if you don’t learn to manage them properly.

Here are four reasons why expression through content is pivotal for healing, slowing yourself down, and giving yourself grace when the going gets tough.

1. Content can be a form of self-expression

When you are an entrepreneur, you frequently face feelings of insecurity, doubt, fear, apathy, and exhaustion, just to name a few. Some days it feels like no one is on your business’s side and everyone else has it all figured out. On those days some of us try to look at our website’s analytics to cheer up. 

But an even more freeing task is creating content. You create content to improve your business and reach more people’s lives. But, there is something special that happens when you write with the intention of expressing your thoughts and feelings — you open a door to yourself. 

Content is inherently personal, which means content creators open themselves up when they share their thoughts on a platform. Everything from the title of the post, the keywords they choose to include, and even the content itself helps you to understand who the author of that post truly is. And as an entrepreneur, this can be an important experience because it allows others to empathize with you.

2. Self-reflection will lift you up

As you think through what to write about and how to express yourself, the process of self reflection is a valuable step you need to go through. You’re able to reflect on the blessings you have, assess what you learned from the negative experiences, and create a plan on how to maintain the positive experiences you’ve had. 

There are a few ways that self reflection can help you with mental health healing. The act of reflecting on your experiences helps to create clarity in feelings, thoughts and emotions which will eventually lead into acceptance for what has happened or is happening currently without feeling overwhelmed by it all. This process also leads people towards finding new things they enjoy doing. Self reflection is therapeutic and can be implemented anytime you feel the need to overcome overwhelm.

“Writing in a journal each day allows you to direct your focus to what you accomplished, what you’re grateful for and what you’re committed to doing better tomorrow. Thus, you more deeply enjoy your journey each day.” – Hal Elrod

3. A sense of belonging and camaraderie

It is important to have a support network of people who will listen and understand what you are going through. When you post a blog or upload a video on YouTube, there are others who feel the same way and experience a sense of connection with you.

When you put time, attention and thoughtfulness into your writing, it is amazing when someone reads what you’ve written and comments on it thanking you or expressing how they resonate with what you’re going through. It’s hard to put into words how powerful it feels when someone who has gone through the same experience and reads your words then reaches out.  There is power in expression but miracles happen when people bond over a similar experience.

4. Library of content to share with more people

It can be very difficult to know what content to share with people as the symptoms of mental health disorders (anxiety, depression, etc.) vary from person to person. But as you accumulate more and more content, this will increase the number of articles or videos available for readers to choose from depending on their specific purpose. It also builds your personal library of resources you’re able to share to different people you encounter or engage directly with.

As chaotic and distracting social media can be, it can also be a beacon of hope with the right content. Many people share viral posts, or content that interest them. Since your content is valuable and personal, the more you share it, the more likely it is to be shared with the right audience.

You never know who is watching (reading)

Your content is speaking to someone and even though they may not be actively engaged, their experiences with your work are impacting them. Think about the last time you watched TV: did everyone in the room have something entertaining to say? 

You never know who’s watching because there’s always somebody reading your posts or viewing your videos-even if they just skim through it briefly. This is why creating content worth consuming is critical, not only to get you out of your funk, but also to serve your audience.  Be authentic and stay true to yourself; make every post count as an opportunity for connection with your best self and for potential readers to bond with you.

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5 Ways To Invest In Yourself and Change Your Life

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Warren Buffett once said, the best investment you can ever make is in yourself. Time and money spent on bettering yourself are never considered a waste. Whether it’s through learning how to make money online, exploring new ways to increase your financial security, or watching TED talks to expand your knowledge. Do not be stingy when it comes to self-improvement because it will definitely pay off in the end. 

Need some ideas to get started on your journey to becoming a better you? Here are 5 ways to invest in yourself and transform your life. 

1. Change Your Self-Concept

Having a negative self-concept can have a tremendous impact on your life. Limiting beliefs and self-doubt are some of the main reasons why many never achieve or attempt to pursue their dreams. Take a moment and think about all the negative thoughts you have repeated to yourself throughout your life. How have these thoughts impacted the way you live life? From now on, create a new self-image by turning these negative thoughts into positive ones and appreciate your good qualities. 

2. Sign Up For An Online Course

If you’ve been wanting to brush up on your Photoshop skills or learn how to code professionally, this is the perfect time to get started. As long as you have a stable internet connection, you can access an endless amount of valuable information online. For example, sites like Coursera and Youtube are both awesome resources for online learning. With a few search strings and clicks, you can find all the information you need. 

“Investing in yourself is the best investment you can make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you.” – Robin Sharma

3. Learn From a Mentor

No matter which stage of your life you are currently in, working with a mentor can help you stay motivated and focused on your goals. Not only can they guide you in the right direction, but also transform your vision, provide you with new insights, and connect you with amazing resources. If you’re feeling unmotivated or unsure about what you want to do in life, consider finding a mentor to help you navigate this process. 

4. Start A Side Hustle

The salary from a 9-5 job would rarely allow you to reach your maximum income potential. Why not achieve financial success while pursuing your passion by starting a side hustle? Whether it’s through starting an ecommerce business, freelance writing on the side, or starting a Youtube channel. There are infinite numbers of ways to make money, and there is bound to be one out there that fits your passion and skills. 

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Check out the infographic below, to see more ways you can invest in yourself:

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