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Cleansing the Mind

Updated on September 29, 2015

To feel happy and boost your self-confidence, you should primarily get rid of the negative thoughts that disturb your peace of mind. Harboring negative thoughts in your mind can ultimately lead to the development of stress. People who are stressed out in their lives will not be able to stay peaceful and happy. Stress reduces the level of concentration and you tend to be less successful in performing important tasks or duties. These negative thoughts not only affect your emotional health, but they can have a negative impact on your physical health too. You will fall sick quite often and your quality of life will drastically reduce.

There are many relaxation techniques that you can follow to cleanse the mind of these negative thoughts and emerge as a happier person. Relaxation techniques will help you to reduce the symptoms of stress so that you can lead a peaceful and happy life. These techniques can help you to cope with everyday stress as well enable you to reduce the incidence of stress-related health issues. Reducing stress will in turn help you to feel good and improve your overall confidence level. Relaxation techniques help to normalize your heart rate, reduce your blood pressure, relax muscles, increase blood circulation, improve concentration, reduce frustration and anger, and boost your self-confidence to handle problems in life.

Relaxation techniques involve focusing on something that is calm and peaceful. These techniques are easy and they can be performed anywhere, anytime and by anyone

Whatever method of relaxation you choose, make it a point that you practice it regularly to obtain the best results. The following are some relaxation techniques that you can try out:

Deep breathing

This is the most basic form of relaxation technique, which requires that you should be alert and aware. The technique is aimed at letting in as much fresh air as possible into your lungs. Deep breaths imply that you take in more oxygen. The more the oxygen you inhale, the more relaxed you will feel. Breathe naturally and gently, and observe the movement of air in and out of your body. Imagine that you are breathing in inner peace and breathing out all your worries. This will help to have a calming influence on your mind.

Progressive muscle relaxation

In progressive muscle relaxation technique, you slowly focus on tensing and relaxing all muscle groups. In this way, you will be able to focus more on muscle tension and relaxation. To perform this relaxation technique, you can start tensing your muscles right from the tip of your toes to your head. Tense your muscles for a minimum of 5 seconds; then relax and then repeat the process. This technique won’t suit you in case you have a previous history of back injuries or muscle spasm.


Self-hypnosis is another relaxation technique that you can adopt to de-stress yourself and improve your confidence. In this technique, you get involved in self-hypnosis. This is a better way of relaxation, as you do not have to hire a hypnotist. This form of relaxation is also meant to let your hormones normalize and distract your mind from developing unpleasant thoughts.

For practicing this relaxation, you will have to first develop a set of affirmations. Do prepare the affirmations before you start with the hypnosis. Now, find a place where you can sit and relax quietly. Close your eyes and imagine waves of relaxation running from the top of your head to the toes. Imagine all your tensions being washed away with the waves. Now, make suggestions to yourself about your relaxed state. For instance, you can say that you are becoming more and more relaxed with each passing step. Once you are relaxed, you can use the affirmations that you have prepared. Repeat these affirmations along with the suggestions for relaxation that you have used earlier in the hypnosis session. A typical session of self-hypnosis will last about 15 to 30 minutes.

Do not expect immediate and sudden results. Just concentrate on what you are doing and know that everything becomes perfect only by practice.


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      merle wilson 

      3 years ago

      Thank Mary for your comment and I appreciate the youtube video.

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      3 years ago

      Thank you for all this useful information. I find listening to relaxing and upbeat music a good way to cleanse your mind of negative emotions, too. This channel on youtube provides various videos of relaxing music or nature sounds, such as water or fire. Take a look, if you´re interested:

    • Merle Wilson profile imageAUTHOR

      Merle Wilson 

      3 years ago

      So right Jay, you have to forgive, not only others but also yourself, forgiveness leads to healing. Thanks for your comment.

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      Jay C OBrien 

      3 years ago from Houston, TX USA

      I 100% agree with your thesis. I will add two ideas.

      1. If you do not condemn you will not create negative emotions in the first place. It is OK to make normal judgments, but not to the extent of creating the negative emotions (stress).

      2. If you do have negative emotions, associate it with the person causing it and learn to forgive them. We might not know what they are going through. Heal with forgiveness. Sound familiar?


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