The Art of Zen: Simple Mind Detox Guide. Guest post written by Sophia Smith

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The Art of Zen: Simple Mind Detox Guide

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The world speeds up, and we try to follow. There’s always something to do, some errand to run, some
meeting to get to, and amidst all that chaos lies our insecurity, making things even more difficult than
they need to be. Even when women vow to overcome it, life tends to get in the way and stress makes it
difficult to stick to our goals and follow through on the promises we gave to ourselves. The buzzing
inside our head starts becoming too much to deal with, so we’re left wondering—what can be done
about this? Are there any strategies to help you cope and rid your mind of all that noise and stress?
The answer is—yes. Ladies in today’s world are under more strain than ever, but there’s a way for them
to get back in touch with their spiritual side and feel confident and empowered in their own skin. If you
want to detox your mind from negative thoughts, here are some ways you can take control of your life
and build your self-esteem.

Tune out the digital world

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Social media can be a great way to connect with our loved ones, but it can also turn into an obsessive habit that makes us hyperfocused on the digital world, rather than the one that’s happening around us. If you find yourself constantly checking your phone and feeling nervous when it’s not within your reach, it’s possible you’re dealing with a social media addiction. Even if it doesn’t go as far as that with you, getting some distance from the digital noise can be very helpful because you won’t be exposed to a million little distractions and drama that tends to grow easily in the online world.

When was the last time you went out of the house without a phone? If you can’t even remember, it’s time to put the electronics away and take a breather.

Start a self-care ritual

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Shopping, smoking, overindulging in food, zoning out in front of Netflix—this isn’t self-care. In our consumerist culture it’s very easy to lose track of things that are actually beneficial for us and replace the cultivation of our spirit with a mindless addiction. The best way to treat yourself is more about nurturing your soul rather than satisfying a craving. Try things like reading, working out, cooking a nutritious meal, and listening to music to unwind. For example, why not create a cozy little nook for yourself where you can go to when you want to relax? Grab a few throw pillows and a warm blanket, play some gentle music, and light a few scented candles that remind you of safety and can trigger happy memories. Our sense of smell is a potent tool that can soothe away stress if you let it. Add some hot tea to all this and you’ll have the perfect moment of peace that you can use to recharge your batteries.

Still your motions

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It’s okay to sit still. You don’t have to be constantly active to feel useful, and it’s important to learn how to feel okay when you’re all on your own. Something that can be of great help in this regard is meditation—a simple, 15-minute meditation routine can help you still your thoughts and your motions, and quiet those demons that are making you nervous. Get comfortable in a quiet corner, close your eyes, and breathe deeply. Think about your femininity, the power that lies in the simple fact that you’re a woman. Know this and embrace it.

Write it all in a journal

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Let it all out. All those frustrations and fears that are brewing inside you should be let out in a safe manner, and the best way to do it is by writing it down on paper. Find a journal and use it as a daily form of self-reflection. It’s good to jot things down and examine them at a later date—you’ll become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, and you can track your own progress as you fill out notebooks.

Be mindful about your own needs

There’s a certain art to being a woman in modern times, but we often stifle our creative power and allow the world to quiet us and make us repress our needs and longings. This is dangerous because it can often lead to things like degrading confidence, depression, and even self-harm and addiction, so it’s important to take time to actually make your desires known. Going through addiction coaching will teach you how to develop good habits and strategies to combat this degradation of spirit, but even when you’re done with the program you need to remember that mindfulness is the key mental health and happiness. Talk about things that matter, be open about your needs, and don’t even feel guilty about asking for help.

Even when your life becomes a mindless blend of anxiety and bad thoughts, these strategies can help you out. Turn to them when you need some comfort, and you’ll find your strength again.

 

Sophia Smith is beauty blogger, eco-lifestyle lover and food enthusiast. She is very passionate about natural skincare, yoga and mindful living. Sophia writes mostly about lifestyle-related topics in her articles. She loves sharing meaningful content that inspires people. Sophia has contributed to a number of publications including: Eco Warrior Princess, Bon Vita Style, Urban Naturale, Cause Artist, Carousel, Savant Magazine, Life Goals Mag and Secret Garden.

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