“Nugget of Information”

O Lord, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your Name, For You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. Isaiah 25:1

Mindset right: See the distraction around the bed of lovely flowers. That how our mind gets distracted with everything around us. Picture wanting to do something and all the notifications on the phone and the untidy desk all calling for our attention. How to get the mind right?

Just wanted to share how I have learned to be healthy intentionally at home. Please note that these have helped me and continue it is a journey and you will need to find what helps for you and to be honest anything to do with serious health conditions I personally will always speak to my doctor first. Thanks for stopping by and I pray you will be inspired to get on your journey.

Before starting to think of getting into the habit of a healthy lifestyle, we have to start by clearing everything on our mind and surrounding. If you have ever had the term “Spring Clean” then that needs to happen to our surrounding as well as our mind. What I mean is that, we have so many distractions around us from our phones to the books on the table all looking to catch our attention. If you are like me that gets distracted very easily then completing one task at a time is a must.

Thinking multi-task is good, forget it, what it does is add more stress to the existing one. “Better a handful with quietness Than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind-Ecclesiastes 4:6” You have to completely shift your thinking, it takes a while to get into it but it is totally worth it. ONE thing at a time is my motto.

If you decide to be healthy then you have to refocus and where possible and when possible only one task at a time. Healthy mindset to me was as simple as clearing the desk, tidying everything around me and that amazingly removes some stress out of my mind. What I learned from this was that with all the books around me it was very distracting and my mind kept looking at it. So just spending five minutes to pack it all up made a huge difference to my thinking.

Tip One: To clear everything in your eye sight, especially the space you spend most of the time in. Why should you clear it up? Because it is very distracting and doesn’t help with your focus. This is a physical and tangible thing to help you get your mind ready for better things that require your attention, not a pile of books on the table, or dirty dishes or laundry clothes that needs washing. They actually take some mental space and it doesn’t need to be.

Solution: Taking time out, let say an hour to do these things on a regular basis has helped with focusing on other things.

Tip Two: The next thing to do is the notifications on the phone, yes all those notifications. When we open the phone and all the notifications come up and we get so distracted from the purpose of why we use the phone in the first place. Why give such power to our phone? The last time someone tries to impose their thinking on me I switch off asap then why will we let our phone do that, think about it. We are giving our phone the power to tell us what to do.

In order to just focus on one thing at a time I had to stand up to my phone mentally and physically whatever you call it. I took the remote control back metaphorically speaking. Yes we are giving that much power to the phone to tell us what to do, switch the channels every second literally. But seriously don’t be like me, the first time I did it, I just switched everything off including text messages and no one could get hold of me. To be honest it felt good with the silence for twenty-four hours, before I got told off the next day and saw all the missed calls was not good but somehow good. So be sensible and only have the ones that are necessary on and the rest off. It felt amazing to open and do exactly what I want to do and not have things coming on the screen every five second. It was also weird and took time getting used to. 

Once the tangible things are cleared the next thing is to help the mind to be clear and focus. Find something that will help you and stick with it for a while. One of the things that has helped me is kickboxing to calm my busy mind and make me focus on that task at hand. Some people do yoga, I do sometimes but it doesn’t help me. One other thing that I have learned is cleaning my teeth with my non-dominant hand daily helps me to focus on that task and my mind doesn’t wander off because I want my teeth clean.

At work when I can’t get away from it all and do some kickboxing. Two things I do is to close my eyes and breathe belly breath, pray or go outside and get some fresh air. Change of environment helps clear the mind. Whatever helps you to clear your mind, do it, far better than sitting down and stressing about it.

One of the things to remember is to adapt to the situation around you and not be overwhelmed by what goes on. 

Always complete one task at a time, example your emails or any task that needs completing. The workload will flow and you will see that the work or emails starts to get down every hour and every minute. From ten down to zero. Keep that in mind as you do one task at a time. Visualise it and celebrate that you completed a task makes it worth it.

One more thing, this will not always be perfect for we live in an imperfect world. But we have a perfect God. So when you fail, please don’t beat yourself up, and never give up. But learn from your mistake and move on.

You cannot sit back and wait to be happy and healthy and have a great thought life; you have to make the choice to make this happen. You have to choose to get rid of the toxic and get back in alignment with God. You can be overwhelmed by every small setback in life, or you can be energized by the possibilities they bring.

~ Dr Caroline Leaf. 

Takeaway: Decluttering your mind and surrounding has a massive effect on your productivity.

Thank you for taking the time to read, pray you have a wonderful day. Come next week for another nugget. You are also welcome to leave any comments. 

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