Unleashing your inner contagiously positive takes a group effort between nourishing your body, soul, and mind. We have these three parts of us that work together so powerfully so that we can strengthen our mental, emotional, spiritual and physical muscles. Sometimes it isn’t the things we do that helps us stay strong and connected, but the things we take a break from – the not doing. And the busyness of social media and all things digital is often the simplest thing we can do to find our happy place and reconnected and be present. A digital sabbatical and resting our brains helps us shut down all the external noise and just be.
Let me ask you, do you feel like you have brain toxicity overload? Social media, news, radio, cell phones, iPads, computers, etc. We get negative information thrown at as all day. Not to mention that sometimes the beeps, dings, chimes and rings can become so annoying! And, how present are we being if we are constantly trying to get the perfect photo, video or social media story and not actually enjoying the moment we experiencing?
Being happy is the most fulfilling work, but we can get sucked into the vortex of negativity so quickly. That is why it is so important to be mindful of when your brain needs a detox.
I recommend two things for detoxing your mind: no drama days and digital sabbaticals.
NO DRAMA DAYS
Let’s begin with no drama days. A no drama day is simple. Whatever you do, resist the urge to find out what is happening in other peoples lives and focus on your life – doing the work of making YOU happy, not how other people are living their lives to be happy. This means stop caring so much about the drama that is happening in your Facebook feed or what your coworker, sister, brother, friend or neighbor have going on. It also means, shutting down all the sources that you get your negative news from like the television, newspaper and newsfeeds on your phone. Spend an entire day tuning it all out so that you can give your mind, heart and soul a break from looking at all the things that take you out of your happy place.
Next, have moments where you turn off all the noise. This includes everything that beeps, sings, dings, rings, ticks, tocks, or dongs. Just shut it all off for at least 30 minutes. I’m not talking about meditation, even though I do highly recommend a meditation practice. I’m talking about putting yourself into a noise-free space. You can read a book, a magazine or even write in your journal. Just make sure there is no background noise to be heard except for your breathing. This will help you clear your mind of all distractions that outside noises cause. This is also great for an extra dose of productivity. When you detox your mind, you are allowing room for all those fabulous and creative ideas to flow in.
Take it even further and have technology free, news free, all negative free days. This means putting away all those gadgets and for 24 hours getting creative with what you can do with your free time. That means going an entire day not hearing about all the negativity that the media spins and wants to get you worked up over. We take that negativity with us, even when we don’t think we are.
Making happiness your permanent default setting isn’t about doing more, or even doing less. It is about giving yourself what you need, when you need it. If you are thinking, “I don’t know what I need.” The digital detox/no drama day practice might be just what you need to tone down the external noise so you can hear your inner guide.
Laurie-ann, The Contagiously Positive Girl