This week we discuss the five ways to detox your mind, body, spirit, emotions AND your contact list.
1. Your Mind – Literally billions of bits of information come at us every minute. How do we sort through the clutter of our thoughts, our ideas and information? With our brains humming all day and often during the night, getting a good night’s sleep can be a challenge.
For this reason quiet time is essential. Turn off all devices and radios, allow yourself silence and the time to clear your mind. Try a meditation practice: perhaps begin by deep breathing for one minute when you wake up and one minute when you crawl into bed. Make sure you have at least one hour before bedtime with no exposure to electronic devices. Our brain and nervous system love this break.
2. Your Contact List – Say no and stop spending time with those you no longer resonate with. We change over time, which means our circle of close friends can also change. Try doing a social media purge and eliminate the pages that are upsetting, deliver bad news or are full of gossip.
3. Your Spirit – Sorting out what we truly believe in from a spiritual standpoint is important. If we have adopted beliefs and practices that no longer serve who we are, or who we are becoming, we may need to let them go. Try to let your old beliefs and practices go with love and with gratitude. Spend quality time in meditation, prayer, yoga or any practice that resonates deeply with your unique path.
4. Physical Body– We take in enormous amounts of toxins every day from water, food, the air we breathe and mostly from stress.
Get some activity into your daily routine and sweat it out! Movement allows the body to flush the lymphatic system, which is the system that collects and then eliminates toxins we have taken in.
Water is the best detoxifier there is. We hear this all the time, but are we doing it? Make it fun by adding in some cool stuff like berries, mint, cucumber, and fruit.
5. The Emotions – We can experience a wide variety of emotions in just one day; moving from happiness to joy, to sadness to anger, to fear and back again.
Detoxing our emotions is not about getting rid of negative ones, but rather clearing out the ones that have gotten stagnant or stuck (often from past unhealed experiences).
Learning to recognize the situations, people, places or things that trigger us and / or cause us to react, are key. Self-reflection and self-awareness are important elements to this process. Staying present, using emotional release techniques and getting counselling can help. Learn to notice and access your inner dialogue more regularly and consciously. By seeing / recognizing our emotions as they are and not avoiding them we can learn to be more proactive and less reactive.