Regular spring cleaning of the mind enables us to lead a happier and healthier life, says psychotherapist REENA SHARMA
When viewed through a scratched, dirty lens, even the most pristine scenery looks flawed. And so it is with your mind. A cluttered mind leads us to confusion and irreparable mistakes. Memories of events and moments take up a place in our subconscious. Some memories make us happy and encourage us, while many others cause us trouble and distract us. Therefore, from time to time, you must take out time for some mental hygiene that is necessary to keep the mind clean.
We often learn from our experiences, both good and bad. Good experiences move us forward while bad ones pull us back. When something works out just the way we want it to, we carry that happiness forward into everything we do.
Good feelings spur us on to believe that we will succeed in all our actions. This confidence fuels our life and we become happier every minute. This good feeling is like the warmth of the sun — it spreads across into all our actions. Yet, at the same time, a single negative can spring up from nowhere and derail our life completely, making us sulk and retreat into our shell. This negativity is so contagious that it infects all our thoughts and actions. We drag this failure through every step we take.
We just can’t seem to shake off our negativity — it grows and eventually clouds our view of the world. This is the mental clutter or roadblock that we must guard against. But if we do hit it, we can clean up this clutter, organise our thoughts and look at the brighter side of life. A clean mind, like a clean lens, always helps us focus better.
Mental hygiene is defined as the science of promoting mental health and preventing mental illness through the application of psychiatry and psychology. The emphasis here is not so much on the cure but on the prevention of illnesses by way of regular mental hygiene through early intervention and promotion of mental health.
Begin with early childhood experiences and their impact on children, as a traumatic adulthood is generally caused by a disturbed childhood. Studies show that a ‘fogged’ mind can lead to several criminal activities and impulsive actions.
The remnants of the experience cloud the person’s mental faculties causing an unhealthy mind. Seek to detox your mind of these experiences, and soon you will be able to look at life’s more positive aspects.
Clean, Clear, Confident
Introspection helps you find what makes you sad, negative and irritable, and what affects your mental health. It could be an experience from the past, a hurtful event, a childhood fear, anxiety about the future, a friend’s experience and so on. It is important to understand the link between your brain and your body. Unnecessary thoughts confuse your brain, and if the brain is tired, the body follows.
On the contrary, a healthy body nurses a healthy mind. A healthy mind in turn, fuels a healthy body and we further contribute to society. Be physically clean to be mentally clean. Spend time everyday to focus on the good things that have happened to you, analyse the bad ones and learn what good you can make of that experience. Do a mental clean-up everyday. Lead a cleaner, healthier life — this will eventually lead to a healthier society. n
Let us shake off the negativity that grows and eventually clouds our view of the world. This is the mental clutter or roadblock that we must guard against always.