Many people have tried a nutritional detox, in which a temporary regimen – with a restricted diet and specific supplements – is closely followed in an attempt to rid the body of toxins or excess weight.
Perhaps more important than detoxing one’s diet, however, is the periodic detoxification of one’s lifestyle.
A life detox is an upgrade in lifestyle habits that cuts out the dead weight and negative influences from one’s daily environment.
Periodically, life gives each person challenges or setbacks, and over time many of us – without realizing it consciously – accrue small, unhelpful habits that drag us down.
The end result is that we begin to feel a mild despondency or malaise.
Where we used to lunge out of bed with enthusiasm each morning, we now sometimes feel a tad anxious, or just a bit “blah.”
A life detox, however, can streamline our typical day, having us bouncing back and facing each day with eagerness once again.
What follows are twelve effective methods that detoxify a bloated lifestyle – helping you achieve a daily life that flows more freely and joyfully.
1. Use a Day Planner and a Week Planner
An ability and willingness to optimize will – eventually – help you to experience more feelings of accomplishment during a typical weekday.
Are you intrigued by the idea of improving your personal productivity?
You can develop a weekly system for staying organized and on-track.
You don’t have to use a productivity system every single moment or even every day. But it’s important to have a system to fall back on when you get off-track.
Everybody gets off-track sometimes.
Just about everyone uses a calendar app on their smartphone to track appointments, which is good – but a calendar hardly comprises a complete productivity system.
You need something that’s going to help you to organize your thoughts and get things done.
A good organization system will help you detox your life.
2. Plan Today for a Bright Future
Improving how you manage your time and energy is accomplished by taking a counterintuitive approach.
One of the mistakes people make most often in their day, is getting so caught up in a current project, that they forget to allocate a little time toward cultivating new acquaintances and, especially, deepening existing relationships.
Plant seeds now for your future harvest.
Even in business, cultivating relationships is the ultimate future-business activity, because if you spend all of your time working with an existing client – without spending at least a little time generating future clients – it’s hard to reach that tipping-point where your business will grow exponentially.
It’s astounding what you can accomplish, personally and professionally, when you shift your perspective. Begin to see relationship-tending as among your most important activities of the day.
3. The Turnaround: Adopting a Positive Mindset
A life detox is the process of abstaining from unhealthy people and lifestyle habits that don’t serve your highest good – and replacing them with positive self-care protocols that can help you feel more energized.
While it might seem a frivolous idea, cultivating your sense of humor is essential to this process.
To optimize your typical weekday, you must have a light-hearted sense of play, otherwise the whole endeavor becomes oppressive and – ultimately – your attempted improvements won’t stick.
I’ve seen this time and time again, people who attempt to “should” or shame themselves into being more organized.
Instead, what truly helps is to think of the whole endeavor as a mischievous game.
If you don’t believe me, try approaching your life detox with this more positive attitude, and you’ll experience for yourself what a difference it can make.
Though everybody has a slightly different definition of success, the fact is that most who are winning at life have decided to enjoy finding solutions to problems – they have a determined ability to set and achieve goals.
It can help to work backwards: to win the year, you must win the month, but before you win the month you must first win your week, and to do that you must first win the day!
And a day is won by making a series of good choices that you follow-through upon.
…the day isn’t over till it’s over”
4. Know that You Can Still Win the Day (Even After a Few False Starts)
Your day is not won by being perfect, for none of us is. Winning is not perfection.
Let’s say you mess up by eating a plate of peanut butter cookies for breakfast. Well, the day isn’t over yet. You can still take this thing.
Let’s say you screw up by watching reruns of Green Acres on Hulu during lunch, instead of going to the gym. Well, the day isn’t over yet. You can still take this thing.
The day isn’t over till it’s over. And you might not know until the following morning, whether the day before was – overall – a productive one or not.
By eating fresh vegetables with lunch and dinner, say, or going for a power-walk in your neighborhood before bedtime, the day can still be won, even if you’ve slipped up a couple of times.
5. See Optimization as a Game
A life detox isn’t just about the work part of your life, it’s about your entire life.
The natural law of attraction that operates in the universe reveals to us that prosperity is often magnetized by enthusiasm and connectedness. In modern daily life, it’s easy to forget these basic principles of common sense.
Even if you spent all morning and afternoon reacting to problems, you can still allocate an hour or so from this day to reach out to your tribe of friends, acquaintances, relatives, and past clients to connect.
6. Decide that Your Own Health is Your Top Priority
The vast majority of Americans are currently living a lifestyle that is:
These habits create problems – problems that can be prevented.
Prevention is an outlook – it’s a way of orienting the mind toward positive lifestyle protocols that discourage disease.
To have a prevention mindset means to sustain a daily awareness that your health is a top priority.
It doesn’t mean that you make the perfect choice in every moment; it simply means that your primary intention is to put the amazing health information that you have access to, to good use.
Lots of people say that they believe in prevention. But do they really?
Here’s what I’ve learned about life: when we decide something, our unconscious minds have a funny way of conspiring to help us get what we want.
The more firm we are in our decision, the more clever and diligent our unconscious minds work toward finding solutions to achieve that very thing upon which we’ve decided.
When we decide firmly that our health is the most important thing in our lives, when we believe that good health is the foundation upon which we build a happy and meaningful life, then – and perhaps only then – do we have a prevention mindset.
Action Step: watch the video above, and discover if you agree with what these two popular doctors say about what true health really is.
7. Surround Yourself with Solution Experts
Each person needs a team of people who encourage health and support wellness. This begins with an excellent medical doctor, but it also might include a best friend, naturopath, nutritionist, fitness trainer, wellness coach, mental health therapist and/or workout buddy.
Who’s on your wellness team?
To detox your life, consider gently releasing the adults in your life who do not support your continued well-being and self-improvement.when we decide something, our unconscious minds have a funny way of conspiring to help us get what we wantClick To Tweet
8. Promote Restorative Sleep for a Fuller Detox
Many people are still dramatically underestimating the importance of a perfect night’s sleep.
Real repair and hormone regulation happens at night during deep sleep.
The idea is to try to create the perfect scenario for the best sleep without having to resort to synthetic pills.
A super-dark room without electronic devices, a consistent sleep-and-wake schedule, and the correct lifestyle habits might be all you need to take your health to the next level.
As part of your life detox, go into your bedroom and look around as if you’re seeing it for the first time.
What could be improved in order to provide you with a better night’s sleep?
9. Implement Super Nutrition
Many people want the shortcut of taking pills to mask symptoms rather than solving problems at their roots.
I like pills and am grateful for modern medicine, but I also recognize that the responsibility of my own health begins with me and my own eating choices.
10. Increase Mobility & Strengthen Muscles
True cross-functional fitness can solve a lot of problems.
The best fitness regimens are varied, yet consistent.
Your own fitness regimen can include a smorgasbord of effective movement modalities – including long walks, bike rides, stretching with balls and rollers, pilates, yoga, high intensity interval training, cardio and weight training.
As part of your life detox, find clever ways to move more.
11. Slow Your Roll
Relentless low-level stress is a big problem in modern life, because it sneaks up on us and can erode our health.
The good news is that stress-impact is often reduced after following the above life detox methods.
However, sometimes people need a bit of extra help in managing their body’s biological responses to their own thoughts, feelings and circumstances.
More self-care protocols might be warranted – such as meditation, bio-feedback, floating, or counseling (also, some of us are more prone to addiction-challenges which need to be prioritized and addressed).
12. Look for Ways to Inspire and Encourage Yourself
Reconnecting with your original intention for undertaking any self-improvement program will help energize you as you sprint toward the finish line and achieve your goals.
To help with this, I craft weekly inspirational messages that are actionable, helping you to take valuable ideas that you’ve been hearing and reading about – and turn them into actual lifestyle improvements within your typical week.
We know more today about how to live a long, robustly healthful life than we ever have before.
We know what not to do and we know what to do.
I believe that we need inspiration, as much as information, in order to take our health to the next level.
People who are strong and healthy are more poised for excellence; they have the physical energy that is required to show up for life with enthusiasm and clarity (there’s a reason that, on jet airliners, flight stewards ask that, in the event of a change in cabin pressure, you put the oxygen mask on yourself first before helping others).
People who are strong and healthy:
- are better able to care for those they love
- make even better parents
- make even better friends
- make even better spouses
- do even better in their careers
- are more joyful
When you take daily steps toward improving your health, you’re also modeling for those you love what good self-care is. You’re teaching them what is possible, by example.
Who do you know who might find inspiration or enjoyment in this article? I encourage you to use the Share buttons to motivate your friends.
The prevention mindset is a choice. It’s your body, so it’s your rules, and whether or not you decide to consciously make improving your health your top priority is entirely up to you – you shouldn’t be shamed into it or forced into it.
Prevention simply means that you don’t have to wait until you or someone you love has a significant health challenge before you make having robust, excellent health your number-one priority.
A life detox is an opportunity to look objectively into what your typical day has become, and then to make small improvements.
This process can help turn life from black-and-white back into the bright colors of youth – when things felt simpler.
As an adult, you may need to be more deliberate in how you periodically simplify and refine your daily routine. Unfortunately, it probably won’t happen on its own.
I have many nerdy hobbies. Among them, I enjoy experimenting with ways to improve self-efficiency, and then sharing my discoveries about what actually works. In fact, this site evolved from an idea I had many years ago of providing uplifting solutions to the everyday challenges of busy people.
If, at the moment, you happen to be feeling overwhelmed, then undertaking a life detox might sound impossible to you – but that’s only because you haven’t yet started turning your improvements into habits.
Getting started is always the hardest part.
Once you get your momentum going, it becomes progressively easier to take better care of yourself.