There is a word that is so often used in society that I hesitate to even say it because of how cliche it has become and the connotations around it. Detox. It seems like everywhere you look, someone is telling you how to make detoxifying water that promises to ‘clear up your skin’ or ‘helps you lose weight’. Often times, the word is considered laughable because of how superficial and overused it has become. However, it is no lie that we as a society need a cleanse. Maybe not for your skin or weight, but to reduce stress and anxiety. I have a few tips for you regarding three different topics of life.
Detox water claims to help with a bunch of different things, like facial cleanse, weight loss, etc. However, even if you are hesitant to believe in those effects (like me), it also just FEELS clean to drink some detox water. I find that when I just feel icky and down, drinking some detox water makes me feel like I am doing something to help myself, and I just feel cleaner. Call it placebo effect, but it just feels good to do something for yourself. Below, I have listed several recipes that are really simple to throw together in the morning. All ingredients are really just add to taste. I like to throw the ingredients in, then pour chilled water on top. It makes for a delicious drink.
- A cinnamon stick (Or maybe just a half of one or something for single serving. Again, to taste)
- Thinly sliced apple
- Just a TINY bit of apple cider vinegar (optional). I’m serious, don’t use very much. Just a tad
- Watermelon chunks. (I recommend cutting out little rectangles, and also cutting off the rind)
- Fresh rosemary sprig
- JUST A DASH of coarse salt. It is so important you just do a dash because otherwise it will be way too salty, gross, and dehydrating.
- Literally just water and a lemon slice or lemon juice. Also works with Lime, and is super easy in the mornings!
- Lemon slice or juice
- Orange slice
- Cucumber slices
- Grapefruit or blood orange
- Mint leaves
- Pineapple chunks
- Lime juice
- Cucumber slices
- Mint leaves
- DASH of salt
Technology is a great thing. However, we have all heard the panic over people becoming ‘addicted to technology’. I am not here to argue on that topic. Instead, I am here to offer ideas for IF you feel constricted or weighed down by technology. I’m not saying everyone should do this, but if you are looking to detox, this is a great place to start.
1. It does not need to disappear completely
It is a common misconception that in order to do a technology detox, you need to step away from your phone, laptop, and tv immediately. I would argue that it isn’t about erasing tech completely, but rather setting boundaries. It is ok to be on your phone, but if you find yourself mindlessly playing a game or swiping back and forth on your home screen out of boredom, it is time to step away. Always ask yourself, “Is there something better or more healthy I could be doing right now?” It is also smart to set timers to keep you from getting carried away.
2. Don’t just reduce; replace
Often times, the most difficult thing about a technology cleanse is finding new ways to spend your time. You can’t expect to just stop playing on your phone or watching TV but then sit around twiddling your thumbs. Make sure and plan activities into your schedule that will replace mindless technology. Go for a bike ride, pick up a new hobby, take a walk. Anything that is proactive and not mindless.
3. Live in the moment
Lots of people will tell you not to bring your phone on vacation or bring it places because you will spend too much time focused on taking pictures for social media, rather than living in the moment. However, I would argue that it is great to take pictures of a fun event. It is even ok to post them on social media! The only time this is a problem that actually needs restricting is if your technology is holding you back. The second you decide not to participate in something because you need to charge your phone, or if you are too busy editing a photo to communicate with your friends, THEN it is a problem.
4. Keep accountable
Find a friend who can do this with you, and point out when you are struggling. Choose someone you trust to nudge you and say “maybe you should go on a walk” or something. Another person will keep you from growing lazy and giving up.
Detox your lifestyle
This final section has ideas for what to change or do in your day-to-day life to make you feel happier, healthier, and better.
Remove toxic people from your life
You don’t need anyone who is blatantly bringing you down or making you feel bad. If you can tell that someone is doing nothing but bringing you down, it is time to get them out of your life.
Do a room/closet purge
Let me tell you: This. Feels. Great. Go through your closet and get rid of any clothes you never wear. Don’t lie to yourself and say “some day I might want this” or convince yourself you need it for sentimental reasons. If you can go through your day while it sits in the back of your closet somewhere, it is time to get rid of it.
Do the same thing with your room. Get rid of all those random nick-knacks scattered all over your desk. Pick up the clothes from your floor. Organize your shelves. Reorganizing your room is an instant mood-lifter. Just remember, as you pull everything out from under your bed and out from the corners, your room is going to get worse before it gets better. Stick with it, and you will be happy you did.
Add some life to your life
Get yourself a little plant to put in your windowsill or on your desk. There are lots of low-maintenance, small plants that you can choose from to add some liveliness to your room, but I recommend a little succulent because they require sunlight, but very little water. Thus, they are hard to forget about and kill.
I know how hard it is to find time to relax in life, but MAKE SOME. It is not about adding something to your schedule, but replacing it. Instead of binge-watching Netflix all night, have an at-home spa day. Make sure you have time to get plenty of sleep, and plenty of relaxation in order to help your mental and physical health.