I went camping over this past weekend. Everything about it was amazing. It was sunny and peaceful. Recently, the pressures of work and life have been etching away at me. It slowly chips away till I can barely continue. I feel my work get sloppy, I start making mistakes, and just generally irritated.
Camping helped a lot. Aside from the mosquitoes, I loved it all. The peace and quiet really puts everything back into perspective. It gave me a moment to let go of everything and just enjoy the tranquility of nature.
Laying around with good (and new) friends, having some much needed laughs (my cheeks still hurt), canoeing, fishing (I caught a mini sunfish), and star-gazing. These little things made me forget about everything.
Your brain voice likes to replay all the past memories and mistakes and contemplate all the future trials and tribulations. Sometimes, you need a ‘wind me down.’ I think it’s incredibly important to give your brain a break.
For me, camping did it. Maybe you’re not an outdoorsy type of person. That’s okay. Do something else. Dance, sing, eat, play StarCraft, make short videos or anything that tickles your fancy.
The goal is not to distract your brain, but to occupy your brain. Distracting your brain is keeping all those thoughts about the past and future in the back of your head.
Occupying your brain is to indulge in the activity to the point where all you are able to think about is the activity. Pick something that you thoroughly love through and through and set aside some time each day.
Give yourself a chance each day to enjoy something that completely empties your mind, only focusing on your task at hand.
But, how will I know?
Next time you do something you thoroughly enjoy, ask yourself, “Am I living in the moment?” In this present time, are you only thinking about the activity? If you are, then you have a winner.
You owe it to yourself to be trouble-free. Trouble-free in itself seems like an impossible task to accomplish with the seemingly endless problems looming over us.
And it may actually be impossible to be completely trouble-free. But for a push towards the right direction, give yourself some time each day to be trouble-free and adhere to it.
Your body and brain will thank you for it.
How do you achieve a trouble-free mind? What do you do to help yourself out in those dark times? Put your suggestions in the comments below. My readers and I would love to here from you!
Be bold, be free, and love on.