One of the most important things we can do to take care of ourselves, and in turn others, is to mentally “unpack”. Humans get jammed up with the everyday tasks, to do lists, problems and whatever else is taking up space in our heads. In order to function with clarity and walk with more confidence and grace we need to unwind and clear our heads.
Meditation is a wonderful way of doing this. I heard someone recently compare it to when you delete items from your phone or computer and it starts running a lot faster. A brilliant analogy. But, there are many other ways to accomplish this that you may find more effective. I am not that good at mediation. I try to do it for a 10 minutes (even 2 minutes makes a difference) each night but sometimes that doesn’t happen or I just can’t seem to relax enough to get into the zone.
Here are some other ways you can “mentally unpack” that might be helpful:
- Yoga. Focusing on different poses and breath work help to get your mind focused.
- Read a good novel. This is fairly simple, but getting your mind hooked on an intriguing story can make you forget about life’s problems.
- Acupuncture. Many people I’ve spoken to who have trouble with meditation find acupuncture to be a great alternative.
- Cooking. Find a recipe that you’ve never tried before and throw yourself into the process of making it.
- Exercise. My tried and true method, when all else fails getting in a good workout always makes me feel better about the world.