Welcome to a fresh new month of April! It’s first full month of spring here in the states. I’m so excited and grateful to start the new season with you.
New season feels like new possibilities, new adventures, and an opportunity to focus our intention to do what feels good in our mind, body, and spirit.
With that in mind, I want to introduce you to this month’s mindful mindset mission: cleanse the mind.
We’re taking spring cleaning to the next level by focusing on cleansing our mind. Let me explain. With the ever growing advances in technology and convenience, our world today is more connected and abundant in resources than ever before. On the other hand, many of us feel more disconnected from ourselves and those we love and care for than ever before. Our minds are super busy and overactive. We’re distracted, overwhelmed, and overstimulated.
Can you relate?
It’s time for us to
take a pause,
take a stock of how we’re thinking and doing mentally and emotionally, and
train the mind to be present, focused, and calm
so that we can live our life with less stress, more clarity & joy, and presence for what matters most in our lives.
Do you ever have those days when you feel like your mind is spinning in way too many thoughts? Sometimes it feels like a brain fog. It causes us to feel stressed, unfocused, and even impact our confidence.
This month we’re prioritizing the health of our mind and spirit by removing unwanted noises, distractions, stress and create more space in our life for clarity, calm, and presence.
Here are 4 Easy Steps I encourage you to embrace this month to cleanse your mind:
Sit in a comfortable position with the spine upright with your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Then let the breath come naturally without trying to influence it. Notice the breath in and breath out.
Next, count “one” in your head as you inhale and “two” as you exhale, “three” as you inhale, and “four” as exhale and so on. Count up to 10 and then repeat starting back at “one.”
When you notice your mind wander, note it without judgement, let it go and gently guide it back to your breath and counting.
Try to do this mind cleansing practice for 5-10 minutes a day to help clear your mind, sharpen your focus and prevent overwhelm and overstimulation. I use this breathing practice often.
I started doing meditation several years ago. I have been practicing meditation more regularly for a little over a year now. Meditation builds increased awareness, calm, and overall sense of well-being.
Don't worry, you don't have to sit for hours, have an empty mind, or have to be religious to gain the benefits of meditation.
Meditation has been scientifically proven to:
Increases Positive Emotion
Increases your focus & attention
Increases immune function
There are many resources out there for meditation. We even have a 10 Minute Mindfulness Meditation in the Tribe Library to get you started. Click here to access our mediation.
3. Digital Declutter
Look over the apps in your smartphone. Are there apps that you don’t use anymore? If so, remove them. Cleaning out your phone is like cleaning out your physical workspace. You’ll be amazed at how cleaning up your digital space helps you reduce distractions and noise in your mind and life.
Do you constantly get notifications in your smartphone from your emails, social media, or news apps? Chances are these constant noises are unknowingly causing unnecessary noise and stress in your life. Turn off the unnecessary notification and notice the change and freedom you feel when you do so.
Take an honest stock of how much time you spend on your smartphone daily. Could you cut back on the time you spend on certain apps? While our phones can be wonderful tools to help us and connect with others, we must also be mindful not to let it take control of our lives or get carried away with overflow of unnecessary information and distractions, taking us away from the present and what matters most. Let’s lead with gratitude and abundance mindset instead of comparison or lack when using the smartphone.
4. physical Space Declutter
Studies have shown that the amount of clutter in your life can directly impact your stress level and therefore your clarity of your mind.
No matter how organized you are, chances are as you read this post you can think of an area home that need organizing and decluttering so that you can enjoy your life with more peace.
Choose one area of your home to declutter this month. For example, its could be your closet, your office space, or kid's toy area/room. Pick just one so you don't get overwhelmed. As you the tackle task, focus more on what you're going to gain so you can stay motivated.
Here are some useful question to ask yourself when deciding which items to keep, donate, or throw away:
Is this enhancing my life or taking up space?
How many of these do I really need? Could I manage just as well with less?
When is the last time I used or wore this? Why is this?
Is this genuinely useful in my life or could someone else have better use of it?
Declutter first by donating or throwing out what you don’t want, then organize what’s left.
Remember the mind and the body are connected. By cleansing and strengthening your mind, you will find it easier to focus on your daily self-care practices as well such as Pilates. :)
Start the month, by easing into 1 of the 4 steps and add on as you feel appropriate. Embrace progress over perfection as you implement these steps to cleanse your mind and create more freedom in your life.
I can’t wait to hear how you do!
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with love and gratitude,