Updated: Dec 4, 2022
The more cluttered our mind, the more irritable, stressed, or distracted we become. Toxic environments and people trigger how we feel and react to situations. This is why it's important to stop and notice what is happening around us, when we're not feeling quite like ourselves, feeling overwhelmed, lashing out at others, and want to hide in a closet.
Writing is a great way to release the feelings that are overwhelming us. Get out a journal or a spiral notebook and put the emotions to paper. This will help you not only feel better, but see and sort out what is bothering you.
Engaging in meditation or exercise releases stress and anxiety. Set aside time in the morning, during your lunch break, or after work to meditate or go for a 15-minute walk. Find a quiet place and do this alone.
Breathing takes little time, and we do it, anyway. But, to calm the mind, we have to tune into the breathing and slow it down. Try closing your eyes, inhaling slowly for 5, holding the breath for 5, and exhaling slowly for 5. Do this several times until you feel more centered. The beauty of the breathing practice is that it can be done anytime, anywhere.
The truth is that in order to detox the overload in our brains from work, technology, or other people, we must be mindful. We must become aware of our daily experiences and how they make us feel. Then, we can learn to recognize when it's important to tune into our favorite, calming music, take some deep breaths, or go for a walk to ground ourselves.