Hey everyone! Riley here.
It’s been a little while since I last posted–it’s been a busy summer! We’ve been running around like rats, just trying to escape the race. All the hustling and bustling inspired me to write this post for you today about finding mental clarity.
Oftentimes, when the going gets tough, I forget about my mind. Literally, I forget it exists. And of course, that leads to many other symptoms:
- I forget to breathe
- I forget to meditate
- I forget to exercise
Maybe you have experienced this too. You become so busy that you forget to honor yourself until anxiety comes back, knocking on your door! Today, regardless of how busy we are, I think we can change that.
This is how to let go and clear your mind in 5 simple steps:
- Stop caring what other people think
- Invest in your health, diet, and exercise
- Create breathing reminders
- Enjoy time alone
- Say NO
How to Let Go and Clear Your Mind
1. Stop caring what other people think
The root of most anxiety and self-doubt comes from our worry about how people view us in the world. We think that everyone cares about what we are doing every single moment.
The truth is, this is completely false. Most people don’t give a s*** about what you do, how you look, who you spend time with, etc. But for some reason, our ego tells us to worry.
And so, we worry, worry, worry. “How does my hair look?” “Is this selfie good enough?”
To truly let go and cleaner your mind, you need to stop caring what other people think of you. YES, I mean it. You can give yourself permission to be yourself.
The most successful and relaxed people in the world are 100% themselves. They don’t care what people think about them because they know those feelings will only hold them back.
You can do it to. Let go. Stop caring and be yourself! The world wants to see your uniqueness, not your “cleaned-up” Instagram persona.
2. Invest in your health, diet, and exercise
The best way to invest in your mental health is to invest in your body. This is through healthy living habits, a healthy diet, and exercise. All of these things will relieve anxiety and bring you back to your body.
Healthy living will get you out of your head and make you feel alive.
We recommend investing in a vegan/plant-based diet. Not only is it great for the environment, but it will also make you feel energized, help you lose weight, and make your skin glow.
There is no better feeling than feeling alive and healthy. If you need an extra motivation boost to exercise, sign up for a race such as a triathlon or trail marathon. The best way to motivate yourself to exercise is to set goals and work hard to achieve them.
When your body feels good, your mind feels good. Make sure you are taking the necessary steps to create healthy physical habits.
3. Create breathing reminders
I always forget to breathe. Always. Some days, I realize that I haven’t thought about my breath in weeks. This is not good.
When we focus on our breath, we bring ourselves back to our bodies. We become fully aware of who we are and what it feels like to live. When we forget to breathe, we forget to live.
I recommend setting up breathing reminders around your life. For example, every time I see a bird, it is a reminder for me to take a moment and breathe. You could use sticky notes, phone reminders, or other objects as breathing reminders.
The point is: don’t let yourself forget about breathing. It is your life force and it deserves some attention! When you are breathing, you can truly let go and clear your mind.
4. Enjoy alone time
While socializing and working with other people is great, it prevents us from focusing on ourselves. And self-care is EXTREMELY important if you want to let go and clear your mind.
Even 10 minutes of alone time each day can be beneficial to your mental health. I prefer going for walks or runs in nature. Spending time alone helps you embrace your true self and passions and allows you to focus on living.
Give yourself permission to spend time alone!
5. Say NO
I admit: I’m guilty. I am a yes-person. When someone asks me a favor, I usually say “yes,” even if I’m saying “no” to myself.
One of things I’ve been working on this year is saying “no” more often. Allowing myself the freedom to choose my schedule is rewarding, empowering, and better for my mental health.
By saying “no” to commitments we don’t want, we honor ourselves. This is a key component to letting go and clearing your mind. Saying “no” more often will give you more freedom to spend time alone, do some meditation, and relive daily stress.
I usually go through phases where I am SUPER invested in my mental health, and then I’m not. I’ve been working on my consistency.
Much like physical exercise, clearing your mind must happen daily to achieve long-term goals. By following these steps, you (and I!) can stay more consistent when it comes to mental health.
How do you clear your mind and let go? Let us know down below!
Be well, friends!