It’s not enough to only cleanse your body of harmful toxins – your mind and personal life may need a detox too.
When we hear the word “detox,” it’s natural to associate it with drugs or alcohol. But a detox can be any form of cleansing and rejuvenating the body… or the mind! In fact, to detox your life, it’s not enough to cleanse your body.
Anyone can benefit from a detox, and there are a number of different ways you can go about your own personal detox process.
Here are some ideas on how to cleanse your body, mind and personal relationships today.
As the saying goes, you are the sum of the five people who you spend the most time with. If the people who you spend the most time with aren’t making you feel good about yourself, then you need to take a hard look at your relationships.
If the people you spend the most time with aren’t improving your life, making you better, and encouraging you, then how can you diminish or reduce the amount of time you spend with them. Or, more importantly, how can you work on spending more time with people who do lift you up?
Create these opportunities while detoxing from your harmful or unhelpful relationships in life at the same time. You will be shocked at how quickly your life begins to feel more positive and fulfilling when you prioritize having the right people in it.
We’ve all heard that we need to cleanse your body of toxins from time to time, but you may never have heard of detoxing your mind. But a mind detox can be just as helpful, if not more helpful, as any standard detox. Detox your life from harmful concepts, such as comparison, jealousy, anger, sadness, and any other harmful emotions that you struggle with regularly.
A great way to do this is by identifying the common triggers for these emotions and then working to eliminate them from your life. For example, if you experience jealousy frequently while seeing pictures of friends who are traveling the world, getting married, or sharing achievements on social media, then go on a social media detox.
Commit to one week without checking Instagram, Facebook, or any other sources that frequently spur feelings of jealousy.
Another example of a harmful emotion that you can practice detoxing from your life is anger. Especially if you have a person or a situation from your past that is causing your feelings of hurt and anger, do some work to detox yourself from that grudge.
Realize that events from the past do not serve you in the present, and holding onto past feelings of anger are only weighing you down. Commit to forgiveness, and taking the higher road, and you will naturally feel lighter and better. This isn’t necessarily an easy process, and it may take you longer than a traditional week-long detox period to get it right, but the journey is worth it.
And yes, of course, you can do a physical detox to cleanse your body. When you feel good on the inside, it translates into every other aspect of your life.
If your diet could use some revamping, then consider going on a food and drink detox. The best and healthiest way to practice a food detox is by cutting out unnatural or harmful substances. Commit to a period of time where you will cut out sugar, processed foods, and even dairy.
“Eating clean” is a great way to jumpstart the body’s metabolism and reinvigorate your health. Focus on loading up on lots of healthy vegetables and fruits to clean out the body. Supplement with lots of healthy proteins and whole grains to keep you full and healthy.
Another substance that you can try eliminating from your diet if you want to cleanse your body is caffeine, meaning your morning coffee. While small doses of caffeine can have health benefits, caffeine is an addictive substance. Try detoxing from caffeine and take not of you how the body feels – it may be a change worth keeping.
Lastly, a key part of any detox is eliminating mood- and mind-altering substances. You can be doing all this mental and emotional work on yourself, but drinking alcohol or using drugs can set you back by distracting you from your goals.
During your detox period, completely cut alcohol out of your diet. If you have issues with using drugs of any kind, prescription, illicit or other, then do what you need to in order to cut them out of your life.
This could be the most impactful change of your life, and you owe it to yourself to make it. If you don’t think you can halt using alcohol or drugs on your own, reach out to a professional counselor or therapist who is trained to help in exactly these scenarios.
They can help give you advice or proven tactics for proceeding with the detox, and even recommend tools to help ease the process. There are a number of advanced technologies that help people through the addiction process.
At the end of the day, you must remember that detoxes aren’t supposed to be easy: that’s why they’re so effective. When you cleanse your body, mind, and life in general, you are guaranteed to feel lighter, better, and accomplished.
You will be the best possible version of yourself.
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