“What if we recharged ourselves as often as we did our phone? We take better care of our smartphone than ourselves. We know when the battery is depleted and recharge it.”
In several posts, I’ve talked about the importance of taking a breather. I’ve always believed that taking a break and recharging your batteries is of the utmost importance to continue being passionate about your endeavors.
But how exactly does one do that? Different techniques work for different people but here are a few techniques have proven to have the highest success rate. Like anything else I’ve suggested in the previous articles, the following techniques may or may not work for you personally but they cause no harm or side effects and hence, can be tried by anyone. And because most likely, I will follow up with a second part to this article, for the time being I’m listing just three steps to get started.
- Wake up early and lie in bed for a bit. Very often, our morning routine involves waking up and getting out of bed within a few minutes to start our day. I read about this tip in an article on theblissfulmind.com. Set your alarm clock 15 or 20 minutes early. When it beeps, open your eyes if you have to shut it off but shut them again immediately after. For the next 15 minutes, keep your eyes closed and take a few deep breaths. Hold in the breaths for as long as possible. With each breath you exhale, think about something positive in your life. Something like, you woke up in a bed instead of a bench. You woke up with clothes on your back. You have food to eat for the day. You’re alive, etc. Doing this technique as often as you can help you increase your level of mindfulness, a big component for being in a good mental state.
- Break down a simple, everyday task into many fragments. This step may sound really absurd and crazy but several people have said to have felt better with. After completing the step above and getting out of bed, pick the simplest task and break it down into pieces. For example, maybe you’re about to brush your teeth. The steps would be rinsing your toothbrush, squeezing the toothpaste, spreading it over the bristles, brushing and gargling. As you complete each step, thank and congratulate yourself. Again, as preposterous or risible as it may sound, there is a method to the madness. Doing this step over and over will slowly build confidence for other, bigger endeavors. But if you start with the bigger goals, it’ll appear too daunting so it’s better to start at the bottom and work your way up.
- Use color therapy. Disclaimer: I AM NOT A DOCTOR OR A MENTAL HEALTH EXPERT. Before trying this step, please be sure to consult an expert, either a therapist or your optometrist or both. One of the things I’ve been trying lately is color therapy glasses. Basically, it’s glasses with tints in that, according to your personality, help stimulate the right emotions. Much like some people like to wear blue-blocker glasses at night to avoid the blue light of digital devices like cellphone, TV, etc in order to increase melatonin, wearing tinted glasses can help control your mood throughout the day. Again, this is not for everyone but there’s certainly no harm in inquiring about it with the right people. Different colors stimulate different emotions in people and if you go forward with this step, it’s extremely crucial to analytically decide which colors work best for you.
To reiterate, these are three of many steps you can take for mentally rebooting your mind. The reason why I’m not listing more is if tackling mental health issues have taught me anything, it’s to not overload the mind with anything, even if it’s a list of solutions. More steps will be listed in a follow-up article.
What are your first impressions of the tips above? Do you think they have a chance of helping? Why or why not? What do you personally do to reboot your thoughts if anything? What works for you and what doesn’t? Share your thoughts and experiences by commenting below on our secure servers.