5 easy ways to heal your mind after a tough week

Do you ever feel the need to heal your mind? In this blog post Dr Bill Price looks at this topic in his usual reassuring way.

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Some weeks are harder than others and your normal recovery practices just aren’t enough. So here are some extra ways to heal your mind after a tough week.

The first is to take a look at the theory of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. The basic premise is that everyone wants to be the best version of themselves that they can, but this self-actualisation can’t be realised until more basic needs are met.

This concept is a pyramid, with basic needs at the bottom, as your foundation. These include food, water, breathing, and the homeostasis of the body. So before you can feel your best, you first need to make sure you have had proper food, rest, and water. Even good temperatures and blood sugar need to be focused on before continuing.

So after a tough week, make sure you have enough sleep, a good meal, and plenty of fluids. You will be surprised how this alone can change your mindset.

Heal your mind through gratitude

The second easy way to heal your mind is to write a gratitude list. By listing things and people you are grateful for, you can further boost the positive thinking mindset you have been working on. Try for a minimum of five things on stressful days. And take it seriously. It may be hard at the moment to find something positive, but if you really think about it you can find things you are grateful for.

The third practice is to take some quiet time out. This is something you may already be doing, but in busy weeks, this can slip to the bottom. When everything needs to be done ‘right now’ and you have a family, job, pets, etc or people needing your attention right now, that quiet time can seem like a future dream.

After a particularly tough week, make sure you take time to yourself. Go on a long walk by yourself and find a quiet, peaceful place to sit. Leave your phone behind, and find a peaceful place to read a good book. If you have a job that is physical or strenous, try to take some time to rest and relax. But if you sit in an office environment all day, stretch your muscles while enjoying your quiet time.

My fourth suggestion is to find an appropriate support group. An official support group with weekly meetings is great, but not for everyone. Just having a few close friends that you can share your bad days with and can help provide support is so important. Even just a group that lets your mind take a break from daily struggles is great, such as a book club or a church group.

Finally, the fifth easy way to heal your mind after a tough week is to do nothing. Often, we feel that even on our days off, we need to be productive. If we aren’t at work, we need to be cleaning, learning, or doing something for a side business.

We never really get a break unless we plan for it. If you want to lay in bed and not move, do it! If you want to mindlessly scroll through social media, or play some silly game on your phone, spend some time doing that. Allow your mind to shut off and just do nothing for a while.

All of these will help you reach a level of well being or wholeness which will empower you for the weeks ahead. Also read: What does ‘being whole’ mean in life and love?

Bill Price

Dr Bill Price is an international speaker, author and executive coach. Dr Price is based in South Africa where he is well known as a leading Neuroscience practitioner and strategic sage who guides individuals, businesspeople and corporate leaders to achieve their full potential. He also helps empowers people in their personal lives around the themes, of leadership, getting the most out of life and relationships. Consider participating in one of Dr Bill Price's coaching courses or consider attending one of his free 'Synapses'. These neuroscience based webinars are held twice a month over Zoom dealing with a variety of different topics.

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