Do something today that your future self will thank you for.
You overdid it. Too much eating, worrying, drinking, stressing, you name it. Now it’s time to give yourself a break and detox your body and mind from all of the junk you’ve been taking in.
How do you detox from all of it though? I’ve been thinking about this quite a bit. It’s time to take back some sense of control in my life and that means resetting. I’m moving past the negative activities I’ve been engaging in.
A detox doesn’t have to be some big undertaking. It shouldn’t be or else you’ll be less likely to do it. The ideas I’m going to suggest are things that shouldn’t cause you extra stress. They’re fairly easy ways to release whatever it is that’s muddying up your life. With that in mind let’s get started.
For Your Mind
Our minds are under a constant state of being turned on. From home issues to workplace drama to social media happenings, we’re thinking about multiple things that we don’t always need to. This can cause us stress which leads to a multitude of other issues. Instead of that let’s consider some ways to turn off all that extra noise.
Turn Off The News - Being informed is one thing, being over informed is another. When we are constantly inundated with information we let it become all consuming. Limit your news consumption, this includes social media, to 10 minutes or less for a weekend. If something major happens you’ll find out, otherwise enjoy letting your brain take a break from all of the negative information out there.
Actively Think Positive Thoughts - Negative thoughts pop up when you least expect them. Once they’re there it’s hard to get rid of them. Instead of focusing on whatever negativity popped up, think about the positives that go along with it. Refocusing on a positive thought will help to reset your brain into not always thinking about the negatives out there.
Work On A Goal or Project That You Like - Put your brain to work on something that brings you happiness. It can be finishing that book you started ages ago, writing out your life plan, or just reorganizing your junk drawer. Whatever it is, make sure it’s something you enjoy, and then go at whole-heartedly.
For Your Body
We demand a lot out of our bodies, but we don’t always give them the attention they deserve. Lack of exercise, drinking heavily, and eating processed or sugary foods seems to be the norm anymore, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best choice for us. Let’s look at a couple of simple changes we can make to help our bodies detox.
Cut Out The Junk - We think that eating our favorite comfort food makes us feel better, but studies out there show that isn’t the case. If you want to detox your body then start by eliminating the junk like alcohol, excessive caffeine (a little is fine), processed foods, and sugar.
Eat Clean – When you’re cutting out the junk replace it with whole, natural foods like fruit, veggies, lean proteins, and drink plenty of water. Try green tea while you’re at it. It has a little kick of caffeine but is also good for you. You’ll notice you feel less sluggish and heavy after one day of clean eating.
Stretch – Everyone can benefit from light stretching. You’ll be improving your flexibility and releasing muscle tension if you start incorporating stretching into your regular activities. Plus, stretching increases your circulation which will increase your energy levels.
We all need to detox from life’s stresses, probably more often than we actually do. I know it’s tough to step away from the computer and the donut, but it’s worth it. Try one or two things from this list and see how you feel.
Do you ever try to detox from life? What helps you get back on track? Let’s hear it!