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How to Cleanse Your Stressed-Out Mom Mind

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The other morning I woke up at 5 a.m. and reviewed the stress-loaded disagreement I’d had with my husband the day before.  I couldn’t fall back asleep.  The stress button had been pushed, and my mind was on overdrive. Stress can affect us in many ways, but mostly it’s a mental thing. We need to learn how to cleanse our minds.

Negative thoughts, doubts, or fears linked to stress suck away your capacity to think critically! Stress exacerbates fear of the unknown, anxiety, and worry, which lead to unclear reasoning or panic.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a strategy to handle life’s issues with a better perspective?  Here’s how to cleanse your mind to overcome whatever stress throws at you:

Remove the “mistakes”

Errors in judgement, failed attempts and mistakes just happen.  But when we internalize them, accumulate them and let them lodge in our minds, we get stressed out.  Instead, acknowledge the effort you made and ask yourself, “Did I do my best?”  If not, then try again.  If yes, do it differently next time.  Either way, use your mistake as a teaching moment. Learn to achieve your goals in a better way or with a more positive attitude.  Look at unsuccessful attempts as opportunities. This new perspective adds energy and zeal to what is before you.

Remove the “worry”

I remember my mom used to say, “We’ll worry about it tomorrow, and if tomorrow doesn’t come we don’t have to worry about it!” This little nugget of wisdom taught me how not to borrow trouble from tomorrow.  Additional worry adds stress to today’s situation with fictional ideas.  The unknowns in life will always loom, but we mustn’t focus on every possible scenario.

Remove the “defeat”

Life is full of negative triggers, so empty your brain of negative thoughts, symbolically gather them up in a bag and kick them to the curb!  For example, I used to weigh myself every day.  I realized that I mentally hung my self-esteem on the rise and fall of the numbers.  What an unhealthy mental and emotional place for me to visit daily! I removed one negative trigger and was then able to think more positively about my overall body image.  It’s so liberating to see my low self-esteem rise.

Remove the “waste”

Take some time to listen to your life.  Reflect on the victories, both large and small.  If you’ve endured through tough times in your own life, marriage, and raising kids, you might need some help to see how you’ve sustained victories in life’s battles.  Grab a close friend and enlist some special cheerleading to boost your hope over the hurdles or the perceived wasteland of your past.  Just make sure you don’t drag them down to your pit; let them help you out of yours.  Having a sounding board helps us walk our minds from repeated defeats over to the other side of victories!

Remove the “limits”

Take some time to dream again or do something you have only thought about.  Taking a step toward your “someday” ideas might just be the thing that moves you bravely forward.  Often silly fears or limits hold you captive in your mind.  Expand your mind to think outside the box and break out to do something new. {Tweet This}.   This gives you courage to accomplish something you never thought you would.  There’s so much adventure out there waiting for you!

Practice the removal of negative influences so the positives come flooding in.  But don’t take my word for it, try these methods for yourself and change your way of thinking to become a happier person inside and out.

What are your tips for how to cleanse your mind?


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