How to Drain the Brain and Unclog Your Life

I love to start my morning with a bath. It’s as if the physical act of pouring it, testing the temperature of the water to get it just right, and then, sinking into its warm, sudsy depths unlocks my thinking, and my day.

Yet, here’s the thing, after a half hour of soaking my body in its sudsy warmth, the water begins to cool. I have to make a choice. I either have to add more heat and keep soaking, or get out and start my day, letting the now not so welcoming waters drain away.

Some mornings are made for soaking. Others are made to get up and dance.

Whatever my choice, leaving the water to stagnate in the tub is not an option. I have to let it drain away.

What if, our brains are like a bathtub? We fill them and fill them with the flotsam and riff-raff of life, soak ourselves in every thought that arises and then, instead of letting the not so ‘clean’ thoughts drain away, we just keep adding more and more negativity. In all that darkness, we become lost in the murky depths of the stagnant waters of our thinking?

What if, to live with more balance and joy in the beauty of now, we need to pull the plug on our thoughts, grab a plunger and start draining the brain?

Just as in writing, where it’s essential to drain the story of excess words and unnecessary details, in our life journey, it’s crucial to divest ourselves of all the mental clutter that weighs us down. Negative thinking, limiting beliefs, and doubts can seep into every aspect of our lives, from our relationships and career to our physical and mental health.

Draining the brain isn’t about suppressing or denying these thoughts and emotions. Instead, it’s about acknowledging them, examining them, and then letting them go. It’s like giving your brain a deep tissue massage, kneading out the knots and tension until it feels lighter, clearer, and more relaxed.

And, bonus! As we drain the brain of negativity, doubts, and limiting beliefs, a beautiful transformation takes place within. We become more receptive to the wonders of life, better equipped to handle challenges, and open to embracing the joys and sorrows that shape our journey. With our minds running clear, we’re free to dance through life’s melodies, finding solace in the ebb and flow of the exquisite nature of our human existence.

How to drain drain your brain

1.	Identify the negative thoughts and beliefs that are holding you back. Write them down and examine them objectively. Are they based on facts or assumptions? Are they helping or hindering you?

2.	Challenge your negative thoughts and beliefs. Ask yourself: "Is this really true?" "What evidence do I have to support this?" "What would happen if I let go of this belief?"

3.	Practice mindfulness and meditation. Take a few minutes each day to sit quietly, focus on your breath, and observe your thoughts without judgment. This can help you become more aware of your negative thinking patterns so that you can practice releasing them.

4.	Surround yourself with positive influences. Fill your balcony with friends, family members, and mentors who uplift and inspire you. Read books, listen to podcasts, and watch videos that promote positivity and personal growth.

5.	Finally, be patient and persistent. Draining the brain is a process that takes time and effort. Don't get discouraged if you don't see results right away. Keep practicing, and eventually, you'll start to feel the weight lifting off your shoulders.

Remember, draining the brain isn't a one-time event. Just like a drain, our minds can become clogged again if we're not careful. But with practice and awareness, we can learn to keep our brains clear and our lives more balanced in the beautiful flow of our lives unfolding in wonder and awe, day by day.

So grab that plunger and get to work! Your brain (and your life) will thank you.

15 thoughts on “How to Drain the Brain and Unclog Your Life

  1. LG,

    You are blending two schools of thought here – Archimedes, who did his best thinking in the water, and Mel Robins, who leaps from bed and blasts into the day

    Today you one-uped your ‘thisk’ the other day with a new gem I’ll also enjoy using, ‘thinkinge’

    Love those new words …


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    • Sigh — those typos — somehow, I have turned off Grammarly and now realize how dependent I had become upon its catching them! 🙂 Dang!

      I always think of leaping out of the bed and imagining stepping on landmines — which is one of Ray Bradbury’s suggestions — I wonder which one of them proposed it first? 🙂

      And water is a great source of creative wondering — one of the reasons I love living along the river. I get to watch the water flow everyday. ❤


  2. Love the “drain strategy”. Will give it a go realizing that it is not a one-shot deal.
    What is worrisome that something is deeply ingrained in one’s subconscious mind and pops out at the most inconvenient moments.

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    • Last night, before going to bed and tidying up the kitchen, I had to unplug the drain as it was full of rice (C.C. made an absolutely delicious dish with leftover BBQ pork, rice and veggies!) and as I was clearing it out, I imagined I was also unplugging my brain — it was fun! And I feel so much lighter today — especially as the smoke continues to clog our skies. ❤


  3. There are many thoughts to sift through.
    And I like the idea of not letting the negative thoughts stagnate. I have a lot of them right now. And they keep coming back in me. So I will have to start doing something to move forward. Or I will be stuck with myself in miserable. That would only add to the problems I have already made for myself.

    Thank you for your sharing.

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    • Ahhhh — that being stuck with oneself in miserable place. Ugh. I too have found myself there. It takes a conscious effort/desire to keep the gunk moving out to clear it.

      Sending you much love, courage and healing light my friend. ❤


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