With everything going on in our lives it’s easy to feel overworked, overwhelmed and well…a little bit cranky. Committing to a detox can improve your health, lift your mood and give you the energy and motivation to nail life.
Don’t worry, I’m not talking about the kind of detox where you have to padlock the fridge, drink lemon water seasoned with cayenne pepper and make 20 harrowing trips to the loo every day. I’m talking about a holistic approach to improving your wellbeing. You can detox your body by following a healthier diet, keeping hydrated and finding time for exercise and mindfulness. You can also detox your environment by getting rid of clutter, taking stock of your relationships and finding more time for R&R.
1. Clear the clutter.
If you haven’t used it or worn it for 12 months, donate it or chuck it out. All that stuff that’s hiding in the spare room cupboards and under the bed needs to go. Magazines from 2008? Chuck them in the recycling. That size 8 dress that fit you back when you were a uni student and had no money for food? Give it to the op shop! Cleansing your surroundings of unneeded stuff will free up much-needed space and make you feel far more Zen.
2. Find time to “unplug” yourself.
With modern technology dominating our lives, it can be hard to ignore the constant buzzing and beeping of our numerous devices. While texts, emails and social media help us feel connected, being “plugged in” comes with a lot of pressure – we need to reply to that text from Mum, comment on our friend’s latest post and ensure our Insta feed is updated with pics of our latest adventures. Switching off your phone, tablet and laptop can be wonderfully cathartic. A friend of mine did it for a full week and said she’d never felt calmer or more relaxed. While you don’t have to commit to a full seven days, start by tuning out of technology for an hour a day and see how you go.