Mercury Retrograde 2016: Permission to Unplug




Happy Mercury Retrograde, and put your helmets on! The most misunderstood phase in astrology begins today and will last until Sept. 22. But it’s not all bad  far from it, in fact.

Mercury Retrograde gets its rep from causing miscommunication, misunderstandings, and delays in travel. It’s known as a bad time to sign contracts or move, for example. But it’s also a great time to reflect and invest in self-care. People and life lessons from the past may circle back to you.

Now more than ever, it’s a good time to block out the noise and focus on yourself. Give yourself permission to unplug! Here are our tried-and-true ways to decrease distraction and amplify your inner voice.

 

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Turn off notifications

Do you really need to know someone liked your picture on Instagram or added you on Facebook the moment it happens? No. Deleting as many apps as you can and turning off notifications for the rest is a great way to decrease anxiety. If you’re feeling particularly sensitive, it may be a good idea to go on a full-on social media break. Your FOMO will still be there when you get back, we promise lol.

Clean up

Not to sound like your mom, but a clean space really can create a clean mind. Do the dishes and sweep the floor as soon as you notice mess. Waking up to a clean room and kitchen sets you up for a productive day.

Set the mood

Eliminate harsh lighting in your home by using candles or investing in some soft light bulbs. Pink or orange light bulbs can work wonders to change the vibe of a room. Even in a small or cluttered space, soft lights wash over the mess and bring calm.

Empty your mind

There’s a reason everyone from neurologists to psychics love meditation: it works! Taking 10 minutes or more to empty your brain and centre yourself in the morning can completely change your day.

Try this: Take a few deep breaths and focus on the inhale and exhale. Imagine an opening in the crown of your head, pulling in a gold light. The light washes over your brain, erasing your thoughts; over your eyes, erasing what you’ve seen; over your ears to erase what you’ve heard, and over your throat to erase what you’ve said. Let the light fill your entire body while you focus on your breath.

Find more great meditations on SoundCloud from one of our favourite Twitter witches, thatgirlhas.

FFS get some sleep

If you need earplugs or an eye mask, go get them now! Nothing changes your mind and your life more than sleeping well. Use an alarm clock to wake up to soft music rather than your phone, or put your phone on airplane mode before you go to bed.

 

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