Sometimes you just need to take a break from all of the chaos in life. Being constantly inundated with the media can really take a toll on your mental health.
But anytime I’ve found myself stressed over things happening on social media, I do the one thing that always helps: The 30 day mental detox.
This is something that I began doing for my own wellbeing. It’s not healthy to be stressed or upset over something taking place on the internet, and yet I just couldn’t seem to help myself.
What is the 30 day mental detox?
It’s basically spending 30 days giving up all negative media, and content, and replacing it with positive content or activities. It’s about spending 30 days making yourself happy. Each time I do so, I always feel much more positive, happy, and free of stress.
If you’d like to try this out for yourself, here are some tips:
I try to spend at least 15-20 minutes each morning doing some meditation. The goal is to quiet your thoughts, and just focus on your breathing. At first, I was pretty bad at it, and still struggle at times. But the goal is to not judge yourself, and just refocus your mind anytime you get sidetracked. I like to alternate between guided meditations and quiet ones. If you’re a beginner, I highly recommend that you start with a free guided meditation on YouTube. Or you can just try putting on soft instrumental music in the background. Otherwise, you can just set your timer for 15-20 minutes, sit or lay in a quiet place, and try to just quiet your mind and focus on your breathing.
There are so many health benefits to meditation. And it’s the perfect way to reduce stress, and move throughout your day more happy and lighthearted. I definitely notice a difference in my day when I don’t meditate.
No negative social media or news
This is an obvious one, but if you know there’s any social media sites that bring you negativity, avoid them for the next 30 days. Only follow the people that post positive and happy content. Unfollow the others, or don’t get on social media at all. Only you know what you can handle. Also, avoid the news at all cost. There’s no need to watch something so negative during the next 30 days.
No consuming content that puts you in a bad mood
This goes with the tip above, but this includes movies, shows, and books. If your favorite drama or reality show makes you feel more negative or stressed afterwards, then don’t watch it. Many reality shows, especially, are made to show drama. And it’s hard to watch other people’s drama without feeling emotionally involved yourself. This also includes not watching gossip videos, or reading gossip sites. These aren’t helping you in any way, and causes you to be emotionally invested in people who don’t even know that you exist.
Read, consume, and watch content that grows your mind
On the opposite end, consume content that brings you joy. Watch videos, and read books that are a positive influence on your life. Consume content that will grow your mind in a positive way. If it’s not helping you to grow mentally, or improving your mood, then don’t consume it.
Do feel good activities
Start new hobbies that are positive, that enrich your life, and that bring you happiness. Look at your current talents and skills, and see how you can grow them. In order to give up the old negative content, you have to find other exciting and enjoyable activities to replace them with. It’s the best way to cut out bad habits, and create newer and healthier ones.
Journal what’s on your mind
This is optional, but is something that many people find to be beneficial. If you’re having any thoughts that you’d really like to get off your chest, journaling is a great way to do that. If you want to add an even more positive spin to this, then you can journal about any positive experiences that you have throughout the day, even if they’re really small. Think of it as a camera for your journal. You’re capturing all of the moment that make you happy, and writing them all down in your journal. Rereading over these when you’re feeling down, will give you a great pick me up.
I like to take my journaling a step further by writing about the things that I want to happen in my life. I write about my goals, and how life will be in the future. I even write them as though they’ve already happened. It’s an automatic mood booster for me, because it gets me excited about my future. I recommend that everyone try this method out for 30 days, and see how you like it. Find a specific goal or two, and write a short journal entry each day about how life is like now that you’ve finally accomplished whatever goals you have.
If you complete these things for 30 days, your mental attitude will change completely. It’s amazing how your life improves when you cut out the negativity.
Once you complete this 30 day mental detox, and reap the benefits of feeling good most of the time, you won’t even feel comfortable going back to your old habits. You’ll want to continue to see and feel the positive changes happening in your life. And most importantly, you’ll find yourself becoming more productive because you have very little distractions happening in your life.
When I was doing this 30 day mental detox, I felt so much happier. Not just because I felt good, but because I was actually getting more work done. I was making progress towards my goals, and I felt more energized about doing it. I was no longer sitting around reacting to others’ lives on social media or in the news, and instead, I was creating my own life, which filled me with joy.
Anytime I tried to go back to the negative media online, I felt a huge shift in my attitude. I started feeling stressed out from all of the negative and divisive content online. I started feeling hopeless about my life. I yearned for that happy, positive, and free spirited person that I was when I wasn’t following this sort of content. Which is why I turned my 30 day mental detox challenge, into a lifelong challenge.
This isn’t to say that I never watch or experience negative content or media online, but I try to avoid it most of the time. I live my life in a way that makes me happy and that keeps me mentally healthy.
If this is something that you need, I highly recommend that you try it out for yourself. It’ll work wonders on your life.