Mental toxic overload is a heavy burden that is placed on the mind and can come from your external or internal environments.
Your external environment can be the types people you surround yourself with. Your internal environment can be your beliefs, thoughts and stories that you run as software programs of the mind.
When your eyes awaken to the negative programs of the mind and the toxicity this creates, you it can either continue to believe these stories or you can shift your perception and no longer be a victim to its throttle.
If you can find the inner strength to practice discernment of what feels nourishing and dissatisfying to you then you will become empowered to step back and analyse these mind states and start noticing if they are toxic or disruptive to your mental health, this then gives you the power to take action and make a change.
During the transition of becoming aware of your toxic thought patterns it is important to become aware of what is making you feel shame, guilt and resentful not label these emotions as “bad”, because all emotions are gifts, that allow us to grow as human beings.
Emotions show us what we still need to learn so we can be transformed.
If we can accept the ‘As Is’ of what is showing up without avoid it, running away from it or pushing it away then we can start to understand it, we can learn from it and this give us the ability to cut away our mental toxic overload.
When mental toxicity shows up become the witness of your story and ask:
Where can I feel this toxicity in my body?
What does it feel like? Does it have a density or heaviness?
How would I describe or draw this sensation/feeling?
When practicing mindfulness you are using your five senses to feel the emotions that come through you and notice where they sit in the body.
You witness your thoughts and become the observer and practice compassion and kindness towards yourself as you work through these thoughts and emotions like grief, anger and jealousy, because if you don’t then these thoughts and emotions become trapped in the body and turn toxic.
If you can find your inner strength and become the observer (movie patron) to the story you are creating, instead of getting pulled into the story and being part of it (actor in the movie) then you will feel more empowered in the long term.
This is because when you become the observer you let go of the emotion that is attached to the situation you are facing, you are no longer bound by these toxic thought patterns because you can see them with more clarity and understand why they have arisen and what it is you need to learn to be free from them.
Contrast is here to remind me of what I want and don’t want
Once you can sift and sort through your toxic mental overload in a non-judgemental way, you start to realise that it can no longer manipulate you with its familiarity and you can start to cut it away and break free.
Written by: Present Mindfulness Academy