Updated: Jan 12, 2022
I'm always on the lookout for ways to detox. I use to struggle with brain-fog and racing thoughts. I found that there is a direct correlation between how we think everyday and what we choose to put in our bodies. Yep! You guessed it. Your stomach is your second brain. There is scientific research that proves that the foods we eat control our moods and motivation. For more on this topic I recommend going to this link https://hubermanlab.com/how-foods-and-nutrients-control-our-moods/
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Like I said, I'm always looking for ways to detox my mind and body. There is one way I have come to rely on daily and that's to be present. I know it seems overly simple but I challenge you to try it. The first time I tried I failed. I tried multiple times in one day and failed each time. This form of mindfulness is used to create conscious living. It's just one technique used to live more in the moment and let more and more of the past and programs of the mind dissipate. You'll start to notice that old thought patterns will pop up and you will most likely judge yourself on these patterns. That's ok but the idea is to let it go. The more you come back to the present the more you'll realize that you have a chance to build new neural pathways by allowing yourself to look at things in a different light.
As human beings we are prone to wake up and start our days with the same rituals. It's easy to fall into the same habits that we've had for years but this doesn’t mean it's impossible to change. Similarly as humans we've dug deep into our brains and built neural pathways based on the whole of our existence. I used to suffer from behavioral issues like 99.99% of the humans on this planet. The difference being free will. I have been able to re-train my brain and build new neural pathways and habits simply by choosing a growth mindset. "In a growth mindset people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. Brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment ." (Dweck, 2015)
There are more simple ways to clear your mind of the incessant chatter related to daily stress. Breath-work is the quickest and most efficient way to lower your stress in minutes if not seconds. https://www.health.harvard.edu/mind-and-mood/relaxation-techniques-breath-control-helps-quell-errant-stress-response This link will help with stress relief through relaxation techniques. Just taking a few minutes every day or even every few hours to breathe deeply can decrease your stress and add years to your life. If you can add ten minutes of walking to your morning routine or after dinner, you'll notice that even if you have stress it should be easier to manage. Light exercise or cardio for ten to twenty minutes a day is the easiest, most natural way to rid yourself of depression and anxiety. Andrew Huberman often says that one of the best things you can do is start your day with a walk for at least ten minutes in the sun or bright simulated light.