6 WAYS TO DETOX FOR 2017
We all want to detox and improve our lives and wellbeing for the better, but instead of making improvements slowly we go all out and often fail and fall in to bad habits. Read my guide below on how to get to the new you!
One day at a time, go through and detox a room in your home of all the un-necessary items you are hoarding. Let go of beauty products in the bathroom (makeup has a use-by date too you know), old food in the kitchen cupboards, clear out your wardrobe of clothes you don't wear. If like me you know deep down you will never have time to sell them, drive them to a charity shop - you'll feel great for giving.
You need to completely cleanse your head and mind of negativity. Slowly fade out bad friends that are constantly negative and putting your mood down. Spend time doing things that make you happy whether it's exercise, sport, watching a movie by yourself, writing in a diary, or even just making time for a hot bath filled with your favourite Jo Malone oil.
Try a new healthier diet. This always needs to be done in baby steps otherwise you are setting yourself up to fail. Want to become a vegan? Try pescetarianism first (cutting out meat but continuing to consume seafood) eventually you can progress further if it's working for you. I started with cutting out processed foods and gluten, then progressed to dairy - i'm still experimenting but right now my body feels much healthier for it!
Get yourself a new workout programme, a new trainer, and while you're at it - update your gym wardrobe, it will make you more motivated and want to work out more (as much as we hate to admit it sometimes that is how our minds work!) Lay out your clothes and gym bag the night before and go straight after work. I used to take manufactured pre-workout formulas however it's so difficult to know exactly what you're putting in to your body, so now at 4pm I always have a coffee and a peanut butter sachet as my pre-workout so that I'm ready to go.
Challenge yourself to a week away from social media. Move your twitter and instagram apps to a folder on your home screen and label OFF LIMITS. Now i'm not the biggest fan of fiction but I love educating myself in any way possible. I stock up on the latest Vogue and Porter magazines, watch an old black and white movie or a documentary, or buy a new book - my favourite at the moment is The Body Book by Cameron Diaz. When your'e tempted to reach for your phone, pick up something else and you'll feel much more nourished mentally.
It's not that simple to just quit your job and start over, so make small steps to your goal. Want to go travelling? Open a savings account and set up a standing order for £50-£100 per month. Unhappy in your career? Spend a couple of hours out of your evening refreshing your CV and applying for new positions. Don't have the qualifications? Research short courses or internships - if you're dedicated enough use your annual leave to spend time unpaid at the firm you want to work. Even just one month will give you experience, contacts, inspiration and motivation to be there permanently.