How to detoxify to have better mental health?
article by Dr. Mariangel Leota
Detoxification is a technique
used in the clinical field to
eliminate toxins and cleanse
the body of all compounds
that can be harmful to health
such as poisoning, heavy
metal poisoning, pesticides,
among other elements.
Surely you have heard this term recently, and is that the word “detox” has been fashionable in recent years by the use of green juices and healthy foods with healing properties that can emulate the effect of detoxification, acting as a “natural detoxification.”
But detoxification not only involves cleaning “physically” our body, but can also be applied to
mental health. Why is mental detoxification important? In the same way that it is necessary to
eliminate toxins to damage the functioning of the organism, it is also necessary to cleanse our
mind of thoughts and emotions that can alter our peace of mind, preventing us from living peacefully.
The worries have always been the letter of the day, the anxiety about what will happen tomorrow, the worry of looking for the money necessary to pay all the debts and the way of life that we have, the conflicts between couples, that usually alter us emotionally, the depression that can have thousands of causes, but seriously affects your work and sentimental life, stress at work, which can consume you physically and emotionally. Surely it is very difficult to get rid of all the adverse situations we may have in life, but mental detoxification is not about how to eliminate these situations but how to clear our mind of these “toxins” that do not let you think clearly, take the better decisions and live fully being happy.
How can I know if I need mental detoxification?
It may be the question you are asking at this time, but, with a “Yes” answer to any of these
statements that I will leave below, you should consider making a detox of your mind.
• Do you suffer from insomnia due to the anxiety of what will happen tomorrow or how will
you solve the problem that affects you so much?
• Do you feel irritable and ask any question or complaint a bad response that can affect your
• Do you feel very susceptible and want to cry even if nothing bad has happened?
• Do you feel that you cannot detach yourself from the cell phone by waiting anxiously for
• Do you feel distracted at work and constantly forget any important activity you had to do?
Mental detoxification techniques
Separate yourself at least once a day from your cell phone and any electronic device
Cell phone is a very useful tool in our day, can keep us communicated through social networks in addition to being up to date with the most important news, business, sports, entertainment and more. But it can also have a negative impact on our mental health. It is also necessary a time of relaxation and in that space the telephone is not included.
You can take 1 hour a day to read your favorite book, share with your friends and family, take a walk to the park or walk your pets. Surely you would think that “You do not have time for this” But it is better to think twice, a relaxed mind, focused, animated and motivated, can be much more productive for work, in addition, that your mental health is priceless.
To practice meditation is to give it all the importance that your mental health requires. Meditation is about mental training to focus attention on something as basic as breathing, an idea or an image, this in order to detach from the emotional problem that affects you giving you a deep sense of peace. Meditation is effective in relieving stress, anxiety and depression.
You can practice meditation at any time of the day, take the time to relieve your mind of the
suffering caused by anxiety and stress.
Free yourself from the bad feelings
Let your feelings come out, free yourself with a trustworthy person that can listen to you, keep your feelings and thoughts hidden for fear of being rejected can generate a lot of tension and
stress. You can write in a diary all the negative feelings you have had during the day, you do not
need to be so extensive, with a simple list that you write of the thoughts you write, it will help you make an introspection of these and you can reflect about them . Finding a solution will be easier if you are clear about the root of the problem.
If you feel that you have negative elements in your life, that you want to change your personality to be a better person, that there are situations that you want to change definitively to improve your life, you can write them in a small list, everything you consider negative and want to change, and burn it . It will help you to mark the beginning for the change of your life. Feel free, learn to live in peace.
Listen to your favorite music
The music has powerful relaxing
effects, can help you reduce stress and
also facilitate concentration at work.
Several studies found findings about
the benefits of listening to relaxing
music while doing activities that can
be stressful. Music helps to improve
concentration and to focus all the
mental efforts on the activity.
You can listen to your favorite music while you are studying or you are at work, you can also spend an hour of music before going to sleep, to distract your mind from anxious thoughts that take away your sleep. “Without music, life would be a mistake”. Friedrich Nietzsche.
Exercise at least once a week
Stress can be really harmful to health, and exercise is one of the best methods to fight it. When doing your favorite exercise such as going to the gym, running, jogging, swimming, dancing or dancing, your brain secretes a hormone called endorphin, this hormone creates a deep sense of well-being and increases your self-esteem. Endorphins are highly valued today for their anti-stress effect.
You can jog in the mornings, take a day at the gym, go cycling at weekends or attend your favorite dance class. Everything for the welfare and health.
Avoid reading news for a moment
Avoid reading the news will not change the reality, that’s not what we intend, but it is true that the information bombing can generate anxiety and anxiety. You can skip the news, even once a day, take off from social networks like Twitter, which can become a slave to the phone or avoid reading the newspapers. Try it only for one day and during this time, try to watch your favorite movie, read a book or go to the park to have fresh air, it is better to detoxify from the daily stress of the news and take time to relax and think clearly.
Change the focus of your thoughts.
Sometimes negative thinking is the result of a bad perspective. Take a look at the point of view that you take before the things that happen around you. For example, instead of thinking, “I’m going through a difficult time and I’m having problems,” you might think, “I think I’m facing some challenges, but I’m working on finding solutions.”
Basically, you are saying the same, except that the second form has a more positive point of view. Often that small change of focus can make a big difference in your thinking patterns.
When negative thoughts come, they are very useful. Write things. Draw or paint something. Explore emotions through creativity as self-therapy and elevate your mood. Creativity can feel like a liberation. When emotions are processed through an art form or creativity, the habitual dynamics of your thoughts are being broken and it will be easier for you to understand and control.
Ask yourself, what can I do today to advance my life goals? What concrete decisions and actions do I take today, from where I am?
Write all the answers you have, they can be 4 or 5 specific actions, and you have a commitment with yourself to carry them out, and even give ten percent more of you to perform them.
Mark your agenda, at what time of the day you will do so to affirm that decision in your mind.
Do not hold a grudge
The time and the lack of forgiveness. Not only against you, but also against others, because at the end of the day it is you, who is suffering.
A lot of time is positive and easy to understand. Any negative thought trigger will be easier to
deactivate if optimism surrounds you.
Surround yourself with positive people and pleasant experiences
If what you see, what you hear and what you read is positive, if the people around you are positive, it will be easier to keep negative thinking away. Any negative thought trigger will be easier to deactivate if optimism surrounds you.