one of the best things i’ve done for my mental health

by Joanna on June 3, 2014

One of the best things I’ve done for my mental health in the last year is unsubscribe from the business building newsletter mailing lists I was on.
I’d read these emails and think I’m not good enough, I’m not doing enough. I don’t want to do that. I can’t do that. It just made me feel really shitty.
I knew I wasn’t going to build a successful business from that place of lack and I’m not good enough so I unsubscribed. And it made me feel a million times better.
If you’ve subscribed to something meant to be helpful and motivational but instead makes you feel small and shut down, it’s not doing it’s job and could possibly even be slowing you down from your goals.
If the dating sites are reminding you of how single you are and make you think “I’m never going to find the love of my life” take a break, don’t login for a while.
If listening to podcasts and reading articles about money make you feel hopeless and sad about your financial state, take a step back and don’t listen to those things for a bit.
If fitness pages on social media make you feel fat and inadequate, change your settings so those things don’t pop up in your news feed.
If reading blogs about positive psychology and your mindset overwhelm you, set up your reader so they’re not the first thing you see.
Step away. Unsubscribe. Funnel it into a folder where you don’t have to see it unless you choose to.
You do not deserve to feel shitty about yourself. I personally believe that you’ve got to love yourself into change. Approach it with hope, optimism, and love for the possibilities ahead.
If there are things that are coming across your screen that don’t allow you to feel good, inspired, and expanded, please, please, please, take the action necessary so they don’t come across your screen.
If they’re going to make you feel less than, get them out of your inbox.
You’ll be amazed at what mental creative energy will be opened up to you when you do.
What do you need to remove from your screen?
P.S. I sent this to my email list this morning. If you want to get things like this right in your inbox, subscribe here.

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1 Jordan June 3, 2014 at 2:50 pm

So so so true! As we prepare for our move I’ve stopped reading all work/career/life stuff because it totally bums me out. Right now 100% of my energy is going to transitioning our family and then 2015 is going to be my year! I’ve also stopped reading so much of our local news and have started reading the news from our new city – It’s interesting what an effect filtering what you take in can have.

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2 Joanna June 4, 2014 at 10:20 am

Genius! That’s such a good way to help you focus on your family during this time and not clog your brain/emotions with something that’s really not a “now thing.” I also love that you’ve switched what you’re reading about location. That’s such a smart way to transition and ease the sadness/nostalgia of leaving a place you love.

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3 Sabrina June 4, 2014 at 7:48 am

Thank you for this post. Looking at pictures of interiors on some blogs made me think my home was not pretty enough. It is!

I enjoy your blog a lot, unpretentious and honest. Refreshing! thank you.

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4 Joanna June 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

Thanks for your kind words, Sabrina. That really means a lot. You’re welcome!

Good example of something that can make you feel less-than. Thanks for sharing!

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