Ever feel like you have a web browser open up inside your mind? Like you have 19 browser tabs open and you aren’t able to close any of them?
Then this post is exactly for you.
It’s a continuation of - 3 Ways to Declutter Your Mind For Mental Clarity.
In part 1 we spoke about the three things you could do RIGHT NOW to provide mental clarity and help “close the browser tabs in your mind”, so to speak.
These are the four bigger lifestyle changes you could make.
Where are you on the meditation spectrum?
Have you ever meditated?
Some people believe it doesn’t add any value to your life, while others believe it’s revolutionary what you’re able to achieve every day by meditating.
Wherever you are on the spectrum, you should be implementing it every day into your daily practice, here’s why.
After practising it almost every day for this year, I can tell what it does for me – it makes me happier.
It helps in calming my mind.
It provides me with such extreme mental clarity, by quieting my mind, that I cannot go a day without it.
It’s one of the first things I do when setting my intentions for the day.
Maybe you’re wondering: “what is the best time to do it?” But I think it’s less important what time you do it than actually making sure that you do it every day.
For example, I’ve meditated in the morning and it’s helped to prepare my mind for the day ahead by providing mental clarity and calmness – making me believe that I could overcome any obstacle and task set in front of me.
I’ve meditated in the afternoon after getting some work done in the morning, but personally, it’s a bit harder for me do as my mind has already been so busy, so it takes a little bit longer to settle down and get focused. But, after doing it, it has really helped to calm my mind and keep it calm for the rest of the day.
Lastly, I’ve meditated it in the evenings, after I have finished working for the day. Doing it during the evenings really helps to settle your mind for the night and prepare for your evening.
So, no matter what time you choose to meditate, it should benefit you tremendously.
That being said, you can only truly benefit from meditating after doing it a few times and making it a daily habit.
The results will be slow in coming, but you’ll begin to notice small changes.
You’ll start to enjoy simple things more. You’ll start to be calmer. You’ll begin appreciating everything around you more, noticing things which you might not have noticed before.
They’ll be the same things you’ve always seen, but you would have never noticed them and appreciated them in this way before.
Through meditation, you’ve allowed this to happen by quieting your mind. This leaves room for you to appreciate and enjoy the only thing that truly really matters in this world – which is this exact moment right now.
Remember, your mind is powerful, and through meditation, you’ll learn to have more control over it, instead of it controlling you with mindless thoughts.
If you struggle at first, and it seems like a chore, push yourself.
As with anything new in life, it will take time to adjust. But after a while, you’ll start looking forward to it.
And after an even longer while, you won’t be able to go a day without it.
Yoga is beautiful. It’s basically active meditation via stretching.
Similar to how in the morning, after a great night’s sleep, you wake up and stretch, and it feels great? That’s all yoga is. Constant stretching that makes you feel great.
It strengthens your mind-body connection and will seriously have you stretching parts of your body you’ve never stretched before. You’re allowing your body to stretch the way it needs to get to everything flowing as it should so that it can operate at an optimal level for the day.
During this stretching process, you will be able to see where you have tension and where you hurt in your body (if it does hurt) and you can target those problem areas by doing yoga sessions specifically designed to target those areas and start the process in relieving that pain.
For example, I get a lot of lower back pain and free Yoga With Adriene definitely helps alleviate the pain.
So, how does this help with mental clarity, you ask? After one proper session of yoga, trust me, you’ll know. You’ll experience such extreme bliss, calmness and a period no-thought. Any thought you might have will be focused on the area of where you might of experienced pain – and how relieved that area feels. Make sure you end the session in Shavasana and take some time just to feel your body resting – this helps to incorporate everything you just did in your session.
Cut out Meat
This one’s a toughee. More so if you’ve been a meat-eater your whole life. Don’t worry though, I was on that boat too.
It took me a long time to get used to the actual idea of getting rid of meat, let alone removing it out of my diet. We’ve all been programmed to believe that meat is something that should be a part of our lives – which is a total lie.
I don’t really want to get into all the technicals of what not eating meat can do you, if you want to find out more about that, then The Game Changers is a good place to start. They educate you around the benefits of giving up meat for your own mental and physical health.
But, what not eating meat has done for me is that it’s removed the fogginess inside my mind that you get sometimes, as well as the food coma’s, which helps me to concentrate more and have more focus during my day.
I also don’t feel as tired as I usually did, I always wake up energised and ready for the day, but that could also be because I just love what I do every day.
When you eat meat you’re putting bad energies into your body, think about all the trauma and pain the poor animal has gone through that you’re eating. When you digest that, you take on that trauma.
That’s why sometimes you will feel miserable for no reason, or just upset and angry at small things. I don’t have that anymore since I’ve given up meat.
When, and if, you start on your no meat-eating journey, don’t choose to give up meat for any other reason than doing it for yourself. If you do it for yourself and your health, you will be dedicated to sticking to that decision.
Then, as a byproduct of you giving up meat for your own mental and physical health (meat has an impact on your psychology as well, not just your body), you will be doing your part for the planet with regards to curbing climate change, as well as putting less demand on businesses and corporations who supply meat, which in turn, helps saves the lives of so many animals.
Cut out Alcohol
This is probably the hardest one on the list.
A year ago, if someone had told me that I’d have given up alcohol by choice and that I would absolutely be loving my alcohol free life – I’d have told them that they’re absolutely BONKERS!
When you subscribe and get to know me as I get to know you more, you’ll realise that I absolutely enjoy having a good time, but in the past, with having a good time, came a lot of drinking alcohol.
This all changed for me during lockdown in South Africa due to Covid-19. Alcohol got banned so I went two months without having any – this after having at least a few beers every weekend when I went out, or even while just chilling at home.
Once alcohol got unbanned it was just something that didn’t align me anymore and the person that I wanted to become. After experiencing the benefits of not drinking alcohol, why would I want to go back to drinking alcohol?
The amount of mental clarity that comes from not drinking alcohol is INSANE.
I’ve never been more focused on what I need to do for the day – every single day. I’ve never been more focused in the moment while doing things like watching videos or reading books.
How many times in the past have you had to re-read something or rewind a video because you stopped paying attention?
That doesn’t happen to me anymore.
The moment I realised this the most, was after watching a four-hour-long webinar, where I was actually engaged throughout the whole four hours without my mind wandering off – that, and I was actually interested in what they were speaking about as it attributed to my personal development.
If you don’t believe that all of this is possible by giving up alcohol, here’s a nice video on YouTube I found after I stopped drinking, that made me attribute my mental clarity, to me not having alcohol anymore.
Now, I’m not saying I will never have a drink of alcohol again in my life – that’s absurd. We all know how good a young pint is on a sunny Friday afternoon when everyone is getting ready for the weekend!
I’m saying that I know how it makes me feel right now without alcohol in my life – happy. And I am just describing my benefits to you.
So with that being said, those are the four separate lifestyle changes you could make to provide you with extreme mental clarity. Combine all four things and you would have just found out the secret to the most complete mental clarity you might ever experience.
The clarity that allows you to focus during every moment of every day. The clarity that allows you to be engaged in every single interaction you have, and not be on autopilot.
How much do you think having that amount of mental clarity can change your life?
It’s changed mine completely. It’s allowed me to find direction in my life. To pursue the things which really matter to me. To start my own website and business. To write this blog. To pursue the laptop lifestyle and enjoy every day.
I want you to achieve the same.
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Would love to hear what you think in the comments below. Thanks so much for taking the time to read. Until next time, stay safe and healthy.