The new year is upon us yet again and of course for many this means reevaluating, rethinking, and repurposing. And, as cliche is it may be, it can always be a great time to incorporate some cleansing into your life, in order to prepare yourself for the year ahead and refocus. But, detoxifying is not just important for the body, but for the mind, the home, and the environment around you. Try these four cleansing practices throughout the next months as you move forward into the next season!
Detox: a process or period of time in which one abstains from or rids the body of toxic or unhealthy substances; detoxification.
As you can see, a detox is a period of time in which we refrain from toxic or unhealthy substances, which can go much further than sugar and processed food.
A full body detox: the old classic and the old reliable; our bodies accumulate and deal with numerous sources of toxins as we move throughout our days, from food ingestion to chemicals absorbed through the skin, to toxins in the air we breathe. They are unavoidable, and thankfully the body has built in mechanisms to deal with them. However, if we are unwell, stressed, or overloaded, this can be a problem; it is never a bad idea to detoxify the body, but only when done properly! It is best to consult a professional who is well versed in properly detoxing, as doing it wrong can cause even more undue stress on the body.
Here’s my recommendation to start the process with You Are Well!
External Influences Detox
The world around us is continually influencing us–our minds, our decisions, our goals and our aspirations. For a few years, I incorporated abstaining from all social media, tv, and unproductive web browsing for 21 days in an effort to refocus my mind, remove the noise, and in my case spend time with God. I highly recommend this, especially if you find media to be taking over and controlling your thoughts and your time! Media can be good, but it most certainly can also be toxic and therefore removing it for a period of time will certainly be a breath of fresh air for you!
Oh clutter! Especially after Christmas, clutter can sneak up on us and wreak havoc in our homes. I make a point to either refrain from accumulating clutter or removing clutter throughout the year, but sometimes it can just build up. If you have the time, do the whole house! If not, choose a room you spend a large majority of time in and begin to remove the excess, which can cause stress, overwhelm, and other unnecessary digs to your sanity and confidence. I recently watched a talk on decluttering, and the wise advice given was that nothing should be kept in the home if a) it does not serve a purpose or b) it does not provide beauty or bring joy.
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Now this doesn’t necessarily mean cutting out relationships, however for some people relationships can be so toxic to them that it is necessary to end them. Still, for many of us, unsaid words, unmet expectations, and the stressors of life can accumulate between two people leaving a gap in their closeness. Take a minute to evaluate the close relationships in your life, striving to see where you may be holding onto anger, blame, or resentment, and let it go. Share with that person what you are doing and ask if they will participate as well.
A good holistic cleanse over your life will do wonders for your sanity, and I recommend taking the time to do as much of this as you can! Even if it’s bits and pieces here and there, every step helps. Every changes gets you closer.
How do you refocus?