If you are reading this article, it may be the time of year for you to detox your mind. With the holiday season comes stuff… and loads of it. Some “stuff” is valuable, and much needed. Other “stuff” however,  takes up space and time while trying to find the essentials and depletes energy.  We can even use “stuff” as an excuse: “I don’t have any workout clothes.” “I can’t find [insert random fitness item], so I might as well not try.” “I don’t have anything to eat, so I’ll just pick up something from the Drive-Thru.”   This “stuff” can prevent us from accomplishing our goals and living out the things that truly matter to us. So how do we fix it?

My suggestion to detox your mind — make it simple.  Minimalism, as defined by Webster’s dictionary:

a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.

There are numerous ways to go about this (and a plethora of information via the web), but here are some top tips on how to detox your mind and live the life you want.  Our 3 greatest resources are: our time, our talents, and our tokens (aka: money).

How to Detox Your Mind

The first way you can begin to detox your mind is to prioritize our time. Make a list, if necessary, and write down the top 10 items that you consider most valuable to you. Does the amount of time you spend during the day correlate with these goals (if necessary, you can track your time for a 3-day period to assess)?  If not, write down 2 or 3 SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) and ways you can refocus your time in order to reflect your values. One way to spend less time extraneously is to streamline your routines, which also will make it easier to create healthy habits since they will be easier to remember. This may mean downsizing your wardrobe (see book here on how to create a wardrobe capsule) in order to eliminate time traps and to feel more confident. It may also mean meal planning for the week, organizing your digital life, or finding a gym that offers childcare. Health and wellness a priority? Then make it just as important as your dentist appointment – your life may depend on it.

The second way to detox your mind is to focus on your talents.  Set a few SMART goals in this area as well so that your passions line up with your choices at work, school, and in your free time. Did you find that your time wasn’t correlating with your values listed? If so, then focusing your talents on your passions is of the utmost importance. Focusing your talents on your passions will lead to less stress, as you know you are spending time at work and/or school on things that you truly value. A few goals may include using your talents to volunteer once a month (which studies have also shown to decrease stress), or using your job to mentor younger aspiring co-workers in the field.

A third way to detox your mind is to simplify your finances.  This could mean different things, such as:

  •  Creating a budget which will allow you to tell your money where to go, and not the other way around.
  • Paring down your wardrobe. As mentioned above, it not only saves time, but also allows you to view what items you have on hand and only keep those items that make you feel your best.
  • Decluttering your home in order to provide not only a welcoming environment for your family and guests, but also to only purchase items that truly bring you joy – not just because it’s on sale.

In summary,  there are numerous ways to go about detoxing your mind.  This will look different for each person, and that’s why it’s vital to write down your top 10 values to hone in on those areas in which changes can be made and SMART goals can be created.  Lastly, if you are at a point where there is no time to deal with any of the above, meditating can also help in detoxing your mind, reducing stress, and focusing on what’s truly important to you (see our article on the benefits of meditation).   If you have any tips on how you detox your mind, leave us a comment below; we’d love to hear from you!