We’ve all heard the phrase “get your mind out the gutter” before. It’s usually said to snap someone out of dirty or insinuating sexual thoughts. Could it possibly be that the person telling you to get your mind out of the gutter is stuck there themselves? Lol….just a thought. But that’s another blog for another day. Our minds can be in the gutter for many more reasons than just a sexual nature. But the question is, how do we get out of that mental gutter once we’ve found ourselves there.
One of my favorite commercials is for Orbit gum. The Orbit lady says, in a stern monotone voice, “Dirty mouth? Clean it up!” I don’t know why that’s so entertaining to me, but it is. With our minds, the same principle applies. A dirty mind will never get clean if we don’t attempt to clean it up. What constitutes a dirty mind? It could be anything from self-doubt, a constant lack of trust, hanging with the wrong crowd, and just plain ole being too busy. It starts off with a spec that we say we’ll get to later. Then it sits a little while longer and becomes a mess that we just need to “tidy up”. We’re in still in control at this point….barely. But then there comes a time where we wake up and realize we have nursed the creation of a monster.
So you may be thinking, “My mind is dirty and I like it that way”. I really hope that’s not what you’re thinking, but there are more than enough reasons why we should all take the time to cleanse mentally. When our minds are dirty, our creativity is stifled, we snap at people unexpectedly and have a poor sense of understanding. By no means am I saying my mind is clean all the time. Believe me, I have my own cleaning up to do. It was actually a dirty mind that kept me from coming up with a concept for today’s blog right up until last night. But here are a couple of things that have worked for me in cleaning up that sometimes filthy mind of mine. Hopefully these can help you too:
- Have 30 minutes of quiet time per day– This is much easier said than done, but you’ll be surprised how much just retreating to a silent corner will reenergize your mind.
- Engage in something you enjoy doing daily– Let’s try to make it constructive, lol. You’ll find those worries of the day seem to fade when we take even just a few minutes to do something we enjoy.
- Keep truth tellers around you- If you’re surrounded only by “yes” people, you’ll never get a true picture of yourself. Sometimes it takes a spouse, significant other, friend or family member looking in from the outside to set us straight.
What are some methods you use to get your mind out of the gutter?