Self purification: what is it and how can it help with our mental health at work?

This process is the key to boosting employee wellbeing and in turn productivity, says Abeer Albashiti

Self purification is an ongoing process that helps you achieve emotional, mental and physical wellbeing. It is backed by science and sustained with the use of humanised technology – technology designed to be better for humans and better at interacting with humans. It essentially means boosting wellbeing from within, with a little help from AI-powered tools.

We acquire a huge amount of data and information daily that requires filtering, processing and deletion. This can make us overwhelmed with all types of distractions if we are not at ease on the inside. So, expelling certain aspects from within –  like our beliefs, thoughts, emotions, biases and perspectives, plus aspects that we absorb from our environment – is an essential behaviour. We tend to stigmatise this behaviour and categorise it as a luxury for reflective people, but it is actually a vital trait for optimal functioning in life and at work.

Rather than underestimate this process – which can often lead to burnout – I advocate filling our souls and minds with enabling beliefs, enlightened thoughts and uplifting emotions. After these two steps, we can tap into our full potential and be in a better position to face any aspect of our personal and professional lives.

How can we start this journey?

We have conducted intensive research on the psychological and technological perspectives of wellbeing and, as a result, developed a framework that includes six phases, each to help individuals achieve self purification. These are:

  • Self discovery. This involves deep understanding and ongoing awakening process within ourselves, including beliefs, thoughts, emotions, behaviours and your role in each. Like: who am I? What do I like or don’t like? Am I in control of my life?
  • Emotional agility. This concept includes recognising and acknowledging emotions, detaching ourselves from them, connecting with our why and moving on by making changes and adding tiny tweaks to our daily lives such as self-soothing actions and journaling. All these strengthen the muscle of emotional agility.
  • Wise mindset. We perceive the world through two lenses: emotional and rational views. Both are valid and nurturing. However, being able to combine both is priceless where the magic of human wisdom is harnessed. The main factor that prevents us from embracing the wise mindset in our daily lives is our mental biases. Those revolutionary programmes support our views of the world to save energy while making decisions and constructing beliefs, yet this may cause rigid perceptions of the situations, events and relationships around us as we fix the view according to our basis.
  • Heart intelligence. The last phase of our inward journey is the ‘heart intelligence’ where we connect with our inner guidance that enables personal balance, coherence and heart-based connection with others. It’s the safest place for us to tap into it. Being in this state of renewal uplifts spiritual love, inner peace and serenity. 
  • Edge. From this point on we start the outward journey where we cultivate what makes us individual and what our basic goods are; the same theory designed by Laura Hung’s Enrich, Delight, Guide, Effort model. Within edge, we developed action items to make the effort pay off based on experts' insights and frameworks; starting from developing uplifting habits, unleashing creativity, upgrading teams, building an inspiring culture and assessing leadership styles, among others. 
  • Trajectory. The final phase is to connect the dots so that we have a holistic view of our past self, present self and future self. Taking into consideration that all trajectories are valid, as they draw the path for our lives, we shall navigate it with ease and agility. 

Measuring the influence of such a journey requires agility as metrics evolve with human evolution and they are diverse as per their readiness and need. Navigating four steps of inward exploration, reflection and activation followed by two outward steps that illuminate our singularities is the first and most fundamental journey to boost wellbeing.

Abeer Albashiti is the founder of Larimar, which develops self-regulation tools for individuals and corporations