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Quiet Quitting Time And Mental Detoxification For Writers

by O.J Ebubeoha
Quiet Quitting Time And Mental Detoxification For Writers

Quiet quitting time and mental detoxification are things I do when my head is spinning into overdrive and veering down the wrong lane.

It’s also a thing I do when I need to relax, tackle the overwhelming thoughts in my head, or work through some negative feelings.

Writing is no fun when I’m struggling with myself, mentally. It drags the process, frustrates my thoughts, and ruins the joy I derive from creating any artistic piece.

As writers, our freedom to create with clarity and flair comes from a place that is not riddled with little nagging nannies. It manifests in spaces free of intrusive mental critics, and negative emotions running around unhinged.

When it gets too much for us up there, in the attic of our mental sphere, tapping out from everything and flipping the switch on time, itself works like sorcery.

For me, it doesn’t matter where I am. I flip the switch on everything and go incognito until I’m ready to spring clean.

What Quiet Quitting Time & Mental Detoxification (Isn’t) For Me?

  • It isn’t an action I have to exert energy to achieve. Like walking, dancing, or exercising.
  • It isn’t an act that I cannot achieve indoors using any method suitable for my current mood.
  • It isn’t a non-mentally stimulating activity.

Why Is Quiet Quitting Time & Mental Detoxification Important?

Quiet quitting time and mental detoxification is important to:

  • Slay the nagging nannies in our heads.
  • Put down the nosy critics saying shit about us.
  • Work through troubling emotions instead of compartmentalizing and waiting for the lid to pop off and drown us in the mud.
  • Heal.
  • Process riotous thoughts.
  • Deal with unpleasant and unhealthy triggering feelings.

Quiet Quitting Time And Mental Detoxification For Writers

Simple ways I quiet-quit time and detoxify my mental spaces — Personal favorites.

Listening to podcasts:

When I need to work through difficult thoughts, I tune in to uplifting podcasts with ambient sounds.

If I’m home, I pause everything, lay down, and allow the mix of sounds and words to guide my thought process until I’m settled enough to sort through them.

When I’m not home, I prop my feet wherever I’m and flip the switch.

Quiet Meditation:

This happens more often when I’m alone or in a space where I can tune time out undisturbed. It could happen at the office, while I’m waiting for something, or on a private ride home.

Shower Meditation:

Time stands still when I meditate in the shower.

A combination of ambient music or podcast talks, while I’m in the shower, helps me work through my shitty days. I just stand there, unhurried, and let the waterfall guide me.

This is by far the most effective and refreshing.

Listening To Music:

Music is food for the soul and a first-class ticket out of time.

With a careful selection of songs that numb my racing mind, I’m able to separate myself from the chaos in real life and help me just be where I am.

Music helps shut the voices out while I repair the parts of my mind overrun by those nitwits I mentioned earlier.

Reading A Book:

When I’m holding a book, a good book, everything else fades into oblivion. Including time itself.

Nothing gets past the gates of my mental kingdom except the soul-crushing characters helping me detoxify my mind.

The rest can take a hike and never come back. And when they do, I’m armed and ready to brush them off like specks of dust on my coat.

That’s about everything I do when detoxifying my mental space, after shoving time into my closet.


Quiet quitting time and mental detoxification are important to writers. It helps us clean up murky, unproductive spaces and make room where refreshing creative ideas thrive.

Have a list of activities you do to quiet-quit time and practice them from time to time to keep your mental space decluttered.

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