2021 is in full-swing and we’re definitely ready to start this new year out by feeling lighter and more refreshed. While many people turn to diets and nutritional cleanses to aid them in hitting the reset button, we’re opting for some other ways to reboot.
While we agree that the new year is the perfect time to cleanse our bodies from any toxins, we don’t necessarily believe that this needs to be a purely physical practice. We think that a new year also offers a great opportunity to detox our entire lives from any and all impurities that we may be needlessly holding on to – whether they’re physical, mental or emotional.
That’s why we’re deciding to throw on our best pair of high heels and strut away from anything that’s no longer serving us, in all areas of our lives. Care to walk a mile in our shoes? Challenge yourself to follow these 7 steps and join us for a detox that’ll create a lasting impact for your year ahead.
1. Reassess Your Relationships
It’s only natural that as we grow and change, our friendships do too. And while we understand that every relationship has its ups and downs, we believe that the spells of smooth sailing should always outweigh the periods of choppy waters. As tough as it may be, we sometimes have to learn to embrace quality over quantity when it comes to our social connections. Cutting ties with the toxic BFs and BFFs that put you in a negative mental state will allow you to invest your time in the relationships that are actually worthy of it. Life is simply too short to surround yourself with anyone who doesn’t uplift you, bring you joy, or make you feel loved and respected.
2. Cut The Chemicals
Toxicity is so 2020, which is why we’re making the switch to natural products whenever we can this year. While going *ahem* au-natural may seem pretty tricky, swapping out anything from your personal care toiletries to your cleaning supplies for non-toxic alternatives is easier than you may think. Think about everything from your deodorants and perfumes, to your multi-purpose cleaners and dishwashing liquids. Most of the products we use in our daily lives have a chemical-free counterpart being offered on the market as we speak. As you finish one product, simply purchase a natural version to replace it. Boom, easy as apple pie.
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3. Detox Digitally
We’re all guilty of spending way too much time on social media – whether it’s by letting our Instagram feeds actually feed our boredom, or by letting our time literally tick tock away on TikTok. Since social media has inevitably slid its way into our daily lives like a late night DM, we should all be taking the time to clear it of anything that has a negative impact on us, or our mental health.
Whether you opt for taking a short social media hiatus, or mute all of the accounts that no longer inspire you – our digital lives could use a detox just as much as our physical lives could. Those mute, delete, and unfriend buttons were made for a reason, my friends! By clearing out and unplugging from your socials, you’ll be able to not only reconnect with the real world around you, but also with the things that matter most to you.
4. Simplify Your Diet
Okay so we’ve all heard of, and maybe even tried, the latest fancy diets and trendy juice cleanses, but what if we told you that detoxing your diet doesn’t have to be something quite so drastic and daunting? Say goodbye to the days of eating less than your pet hamster and trying to force down an unappetizing elixir of blended kale and celery.
Your first step can actually be as simple as making an effort to eat foods that come from the earth, rather than a factory. Whenever you can, start looking for ways to eliminate anything that isn’t giving your body the nourishment it needs to thrive. Then, try to replace it with healthier options that’ll give you more energy and improve your wellbeing in the long run. Our rule of thumb? If we can’t pronounce the ingredients in anything we put into our grocery carts, we probably don’t want to put them into our bodies either.
5. Clear Out The Clutter
You know how the saying goes – “out with the old and in with the new”. Believe it or not, freeing up some space in your closet can go a long way in freeing up some space in your mind, which will make room for clarity and calm. Take a little time to clear the air in your living space by decluttering and releasing any unused or unneeded objects with gratitude. You’ll be surprised to find out that when you get rid of the things you don’t want or need, you’ll actually create more space for the things you do want and need. Say “thank u, next” to the mess and toss those items out.
6. Sweat It Out
Did you know that in addition to keeping our body cool and our skin glowing, sweat also flushes out toxins? While our bodies are well equipped to detox naturally (thank you liver and kidneys), sweat also plays a huge role in clearing out everything that these organs cannot. And of course, we all know that getting some movement and exercise is one of the best ways to inspire our bodies to perspire, right? But believe it or not, getting your blood circulating will not only rid your body of the yucky toxins it’s storing, but it can also boost your endorphins and improve your health overall. Talk about a major win! If exercising isn’t your thing, a sauna or steam room can also do the trick when it comes to helping your body break a sweat.
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7. Clear Your Mind
Once the clutter is out of sight, the next step is to get it out of mind. We all have way too much on our minds at any given time – from the dark cloud of negative news reels to our day-to-day to do lists that rarely have an end in sight. So while we’re taking the time to detox our lives, it’s important to give our pretty little minds a bit of a refresh too.
The goal of a mental detox isn’t to put a halt on our negative thoughts completely, but rather to clear them out so we can refocus our attention on the positive things we have to be grateful for. Try taking some time each day to write out the negative emotions that are occupying your mind, as well as the things that you’re grateful for. The more you jot down, the more weight you’ll have lifted off your shoulders. Who knew that a little journaling could be the key to feeling refreshed and ready for 2021?
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How are you detoxing your life to take on the new year?
xo, The Pretty Little Hangers Team