Life can get pretty stressful, daunting, overwhelming, and stagnant. When this happens, you may start to notice that your energy levels have been dropping day by day, and your surroundings are getting clustered and messy. You begin to feel stuck, your brain starts to get foggy, you lack motivation, and your creativity is low. Guess what! It is time to detox your life by recharging your batteries and boosting those energy levels again.
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What does it mean to detox your life?
By definition, detox is a process or period in which one abstains from or rids the body or mind of toxic or unhealthy practices. Detoxing your life is about energizing your life. It’s about removing harmful materials just as much as replenishing with restorative materials that support your overall health and well-being. You are looking to gain greater awareness around your daily habits to make more conscious and informed decisions moving forward.
What happens if you never detox?
Very often, when we feel as though we have eaten unhealthy over the weekend or during the week, we may say, “okay, I need a cleanse or detox.” You understand the importance of a healthy body, and you know the health dangers involved if you continue to keep on eating unhealthy. The same concept can translate late over to your mental health.
It is essential to flush out toxins from your mind because your mental and emotional health needs a cleanse from time to time. If you do not take time out to flush those toxins out, the following can happen:
- You start having difficulty to cope with difficult emotions
- You may begin to show signs that a nervous breakdown is coming
- You will have trouble focusing
- Healthy issues can develop
- You may start having difficulty making decisions
- You become easily stressed, irritable, and fatigue
- You begin to feel overwhelmed
- You develop brain fog
- Your mood changes quickly
- Your anxiety levels can increase
Prepping for your mental health detox
What’s important is planning for your mental health detox! Plan a day or two before and choose one or a few of these ideas to implement the next day. Make sure it is a smart thought-out plan. Take your time to reel in what it is you want to detox on. Make a to-do list or set up your calendar for the week if you think that will help.
When you plan to start your detox, put yourself in a positive frame of mind so that your mood is optimistic and positive. You can do this by listening to a motivational piece or engaging in positive self-talk. This will help to center your mind.
Positive affirmations to help center your mind
“I hear all this talk about affirmations, but exactly is it, and how is it going to help me?” Great Question!
Affirmations are a positive statement that challenges you to overcome negative thoughts. When you speak your affirmations daily with intent, confidence, and power, you begin to see a positive change within yourself.
12 affirmations to center yourself
- I am never moved or shaken by my environment
- I will stay center no matter the outcome
- I calm during my storm
- I breathe in stillness and exhale peace
- I am in control of my thoughts, actions, and words
- I listen and check in with my body to remain centered and balance
- I am letting go of all negative thoughts and embracing the positivity that is about to come
- I am grounded, and I am stable in kindness and compassion
- I release the expectations of others that do not serve me
- I am always worthy
- I’m allowed to disconnect
- I take care of myself first in other to be there for others
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10 ways to detox your mind, body and soul
Before you begin detoxifying your mental space, become intentional about what you are about to do and why you are about to do it. Take time to understand the benefits of detoxing your life from time to time. Being intentional will bring your body and mind into an awareness state that change is coming, and this change will be right for you. Make a plan and set a goal, go at your pace, and embrace the cleanse you!
Free your mind from negative thoughts
Our minds can get the best of us when it comes to negative thoughts. Very often, we are too hard on ourselves. We can be our worst critic, and because of this, we can become consumed with negative thoughts. There are so many external factors (social media, family, friends, workplace) that can easily influence how we think of ourselves. Don’t let this be the case for you.
If any negative thoughts pop up, notice it, and ask yourself if this thought is true. Most of the time, it is not. How you think about yourself will reflect on how you view your life. If you are always considering the worse about yourself or a given situation, you are blocking your blessing, and you will never grow emotionally and mentally. Ditch the negative thinking by engaging in daily positive affirmations.
On another note, if you notice that you’re surrounded by friends or loved ones who are constantly negative (always complaining, always have an attitude), you are putting your energy at risk. This is something that you cannot afford to do. Your thoughts will staff to shift from positive to negative. Your energy is your most valuable asset, and you must protect it at all times. Surrounding yourself with positivity not only helps your creativity, but it also helps to boost your overall attitude, boost your energy levels, and have you in a positive frame of mind.
Free yourself from Toxic relationships
Now, this is easier said than done. Why? Because many of us are sometimes unable to tell if a relationship is good for us or not, or we are too stubborn to let go of these kinds of relationships. In the end, it can only hurt us.
Sometimes it may be hard to cut people out of your life, especially if it is a friend or family member you’ve known for many years. You may feel guilty and just put up with the toxicity in the relationship. But this is not healthy because, in the end, you are jeopardizing your happiness.
If your relationship with your friends/partner brings negativity, sadness, shame, guilt, and anger, why does the relationship still exist? Make yourself a priority. Surround yourself with people who are positive and genuinely care about your well-being. They bring you joy, happiness, success, and peace of mind.
Spend time with people who make you feel good
There is a major plus when you free yourself from those toxic relationships in your life: you now have more time for those who make you feel happy, fulfilled, and amazing. For those special persons in your life, take time out to plan and spend time with them. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. A simple chat on the phone or a brief get together with someone who genuinely cares about you can help get rid of stress and boost your mood while making you feel whole.
Work on setting those boundaries
I know, I know, the word boundary can be so daunting and make you feel as though you are selfish. But that is truly not the case! Creating boundaries means that you are honoring yourself as a separate individual with needs and wants that differs from others.
Every day, your focus is on those around you (your boss, your family, your friends), making sure they are happy and taken care of. But how much time do you give yourself if no boundaries have been set in place? Without healthy boundaries, we allow others to invalidate our feelings and desires, which can be detrimental to our mental health. The limits you create and set for yourself will emulate your needs and priorities and give you a chance to detox and declutter your mind.
Release those body toxins
Ahhhh! Did I hear someone say “Me day”?
Detoxing our bodies is equally important as our mental health. Take the time out and be intentional about detoxing your whole body. Sometimes we can be so harsh to our body and not give it the loving affection it needs to thrive. You deserve to feel amazing in your own skin.
Try some of the following:
- Eat foods that detox the body.
- Plan a spa day at home or visit a spa location. Indulge in pampering yourself for the day or a few hours.
- Relax and meditate
- Take time and do your full skincare routine regimen.
- Get more sleep
Get up and Move
Exercising or just moving your body is an excellent way to release tension and detox your body. There are so many great benefits to physical activity. It can help decrease/treat mild depression or anxiety, ease tension, and boost your mental energy. It also helps to reduce stress by releasing toxins and relaxing your muscles. It also helps to improve your concentration, mood, and motivation. Try some of these:
- Brisk Walking
- Circuit Training
Sometimes we have to put that phone down, turn off the TV, log off the computer/tablet and take a moment to clear our minds and focus on other meaningful things in life. But let’s be real, it is easier said than done because technology sometimes can be our life-line, especially during this unprecedented time. It is easy to become addicted to all these apps and platforms, but take time to schedule time away from social media and technology.
Social Media has its benefits, but it is good to detox from time to time for the sake of your mental health. Spending too much time engaging on social media can negatively impact your mental health in many ways. It can throw off your sleep cycle, make you feel insecure, create feelings of anxiety, make you addicted to instant gratification, or cause you to develop emotional scars. Make an intentional effort to at least detox from your phone once a week. Silent those notifications and do something fun! Your body, mind, and soul will thank you!
Give some of the following a try:
- Go for a walk without your phone or turn your phone off when you are on your walk.
- Spend time reading a new book a week
- Learn a new craft or skill
- Use the bathroom without your phone. I know we all take our phones to the bathroom!
De-clutter your environment
Our surroundings can have an impact on our energy levels. For some people, they can thrive in clutter because this is when they feel most creative. For others, however, too much clutter can inhibit one’s creativity.
Regardless of your preference, every once in a while, it is good to clear your environment. Spring clean, Donate unwanted clothes, Redecorate. All of these are good to help put you in a better mood and with less brain fog.
Make your home environment your Haven. Create a soothing and relaxing home full of calming colors, textures, and styles that you love. Create an ambiance that will help center you and bring you peace. Listen to music, read a book, engage in a favorite hobby, and learn a new craft.
Stop comparing yourself to others
Believe it or not, this is very hard to do. It is almost impossible not to compare yourself to others because of what we see on Instagram, magazines, and the television. Looking at a “super-edited” version of the world does not benefit our mental health. What it does is make us question our self-value and self-worth. Make it your mission and goal to start focusing on what YOU love about yourself and how amazing YOU are instead of wishing and comparing yourself. Your soul and mind will thank you.
Why is it important to detox?
Life can knock us down sometimes. There are many challenges, hurdles, hoops, and loops that we go through daily. We are often going a mile a minute, and the only time we notice that it is time for a pause in life is when our backs are against the wall. Having a consistent detox regimen is essential because it helps us recharge our batteries. It helps us keep balance in our lives and be intentional about our mental, physical, and emotional well-being. It is the epitome of overall health for our mind,