The last few weeks were full of ups and downs for me. To give you an idea of what I mean, early in the week I received heartbreaking news about the passing of a family member. A few days later, I had the most excruciating stomach pain of my life to the point of almost passing out (I thought I was dying, people).
A week later, I experienced a overwhelming lack of energy where I laid in bed for three days. I literally felt like I was being attacked physically and spiritually. In the midst of everything, I had the opportunity to spend quality time with my sons and loved every minute of it.
“What if life was not happening to you, it was happening for you.” -Anthony Robbins
Now I’m left without a sense of routine. My mind is in a weird place, and I haven’t felt productive in the slightest. I’ve spent mornings not wanting to get out of bed, and I’ve stayed up late worrying about everything from tiny details to the bigger “what am I doing with my life?” questions.
Sometimes life likes to test my strength and patience in whatever way it can. Though there are worse things that could have happened throughout the month, I still have this uneasy feeling.
I’ve decided that I’ll keep pushing through. I want to feel like myself again, and I know that means I’ll have to hit the reset button especially around my mental space – a mindset reset, if you will. I see a mindset reset as a way to get the mind back into a calmer and positive place when feeling overwhelmed and stressed out. Below are 5 things I’ve been doing (or plan to do) to reset my mind:
6 Tips to Reset Your Mind
1. Get back into a routine.
If you follow me on social media, you probably know by now that I love my routines, but it’s so easy to fall out of them when life gets hard or your schedule changes. When I don’t follow my normal routine, I start to get lazy and fall into bad habits like staying up too late or not eating well. Getting back into a morning and evening routine is my number one priority right now so I can feel like myself again.
2. Utilize your alone time.
I definitely value my alone time, and lately I haven’t had much of it or I haven’t been spending my alone time in the best ways. Sometimes you just have to take a whole day for yourself to relax, journal, go for a walk, make dinner, etc., and relish in the act of being by yourself. I know that I need solid alone time to feel like myself, so I plan to make the most of my alone time whenever I get it.
3. Get more sleep.
When I stay up late doing nothing particularly productive, I either wake up exhausted or wake up late. Getting up late makes me feel overwhelmed, and I beat myself up for not going to bed earlier. When I wake up exhausted, my entire day feels like a struggle. The simple solution to this would be to get more sleep, right? If I go to bed at a reasonable time, I can reduce unnecessary exhaustion and negative thinking.
4. Write it out.
Keeping all of my thoughts, fears, and worries bottled up inside me does nothing to actually benefit me. I’ve always turned to writing as my emotional release, and I know that I need to write through my feelings more often instead of keeping them locked inside. Getting things out of my head and onto paper gives my brain and my heart a chance to rest.
5. Exercise more.
I was taught that exercise gives us endorphins, and I definitely feel like a better version of myself when I actually work out, whether that’s walking, skating, dancing, or bike riding. Exercise helps to clear my head and makes me feel accomplished, so my plan is to add a 30-minute workout back into my daily routine.
6. Ask for help.
I am the queen of never asking for help and trying to do everything myself. Sometimes I don’t trust that other people will do a good job, but mostly I just don’t want to inconvenience anyone with my requests. But this past month, I asked someone for help with something that was completely out of my area of expertise, and she was completely willing to take it off my hands and saved me SO much time and mental energy that I didn’t have. If you’re in over your head, do yourself a favor and ask for help.
How do you reset your mind?
I’d love to know how you get yourself back into a good space when you’re out of whack. Leave a comment below with any tips you have!