A Much Needed Self-Care Routine: The Mental Detox

Women in particular need to keep an eye on their physical and mental health, because if we’re scurrying to and from appointments and errands, we don’t have a lot of time to take care of ourselves. We need to do a better job of putting ourselves higher on our own ‘to-do’ list.
— Michelle Obama

And she’s right. Our lifestyles should be a priority because how we live can determine some of our bad and even good habits. By making it a priority we can better determine what we need to change from a healthy diet to an exercise routine. One habit that I have personally found beneficial to my health is to detox/cleanse. There are times when I like to do a 2-day juice detox to remove toxins out of my system or do a 14-day smoothie cleanse to rejuvenate my body. Depending on the results you are looking for, there is a detox or cleanse for you.

 One detox that is my favorite is a mental detox. Our minds are constantly going and just like our bodies, our mind retains what we read, listen to, or even the way we feel. When there is so much going on in our lives, we may not realize the toxins that are held up in our mentality. Those toxins can shift our moods, our perspectives, and our day to day attitudes. Which is why I have made it a MUST to do a mental detox.  I can attest that after implementing a mental detox into my wellness routine, I have noticed a change in my energy levels as I began to heal when it came to things that were wounds in my life and as I let go of things of that didn’t matter. I learned to refocus my attention and energy on positivity. I slowly began reconnecting with myself and it truly has been one of the best feelings in the world. I never knew I was out balance until everything started falling into place because my mind, body, and spirit was being restored.

You can perform a detox for however long, you feel you need it. Once you start to detox your mind, you’ll soon figure out how long you want to detox or even how you want to add it into your daily lives.

REFRESH YOUR MIND

  • THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS

What we give our attention to can manifest in our lives. So, what are you giving your attention to? You’re worth more than what’s not worth your attention. Focus on things that matter and things that are positive then believe it. Your thought process can frame who you are, when you’re negative it shows and can be draining. When you’re positive, you’re more lively and full of energy. When I focus my attention on things good for me, more good things always followed.

  • PEN, PENCIL, OR KEYBOARD

Writing has always been an escape for me. When I journal, it allows me to bring awareness to what I may be feeling or what is happening around me. It’s an intentional way to release my thoughts and feelings. One of the best things about journaling is that there is no judgement and it’s a chance for you to be vulnerable with yourself. I have three journals that I like to use. One is my basic every day journal where I write everything out. It’s a blank canvas for me to just slow down and check in with my inner emotions. By letting my emotions out, my mind is at ease and there’s this release of bottled up emotions. My second journal is a gratitude journal. Ever hear someone tell you to count your blessings, I do that literally. Everything and anything I can think of, I find a way to give thanks for it. My third journal is a cute journal I found called “52 Lists of Happiness”. It’s exactly like the title says, lists of different topics to write about.  I also like to write on the notes app on my phone if I am nowhere near my journals. Writing doesn’t have to be structured, just grab a pen, pencil, or even your phone and just write exactly what it is you’re feeling.

  • DISCONNECT FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

People more and more are taking their own “social media detox”. This is a habit that I have noticed people have been doing more and more. Social media can be toxic, it can even take up your day if you allow it. I have been guilty of checking my phone but then I end up scrolling on Instagram for 15 minutes. I’ve had times that I had to detox my social media for days to weeks. I found myself being on it too much or the negativity online became too much for me. When I detox, I delete the apps on my phone. When I do that I notice that I rarely see a need to be on my phone and I’m a lot calmer as well. I know you love social media as much as the next person but try to disconnect from it and see how you feel.

  • "LET ME SEE YOU DO THAT YOGA"

One of my absolute favorite ways to clear my head is physical fitness. I like to exercise at the gym or outside. It shifts your mood and you’re not only going to look your best but feel your best too. Going on a nature walk or a walk on the beach is another way that helps me detox my mind, I enjoy the natural lighting from the sun and the fresh air. It’s a fantastic way to just relax especially at the beach. Yoga is another way to relax the mind. It allows me to release any built-up tension and to just take deep breaths releasing any built up negative energy. If you’re not into fitness, try other things like cleaning or something that allows you to move around and focus your mind on something else.

  • WHAT YOU CAN CONTROL

Do you ever notice that some of the things we give our attention to, are things or situations we can’t control? It can be hard to take our attention away from things that we can’t control because we want things to go our way or to work out a certain way. Well, I’m sorry to tell you this but you must loosen up your grip and let it play out as it’s supposed to. That energy that you’re using could be used towards something else in your life. If you can’t control it, move forward. It will work out, everything will be fine.  

  • DECLUTTER YOUR SURROUNDINGS AND YOUR MIND

This is the most important part of a mental detox. Take a look around your home, get rid of the things that you don’t need. Is there something on your mind that you’re holding on to? Let it go. Mental and physical decluttering go hand in hand. This allows us to redirect our thoughts in a more positive direction. Imagine yourself preparing to create something beautiful, A NEW AND REJUVENATED YOU.

  • REST

There is nothing like a good night’s rest. Create an environment that you can rest in. Try turning your room into a sleep sanctuary that you can rest peacefully in. Have fun finding what works best for you, just remember the goal is for you to rest. I never knew a person could have fun finding ways to go to sleep. That was me. Now I’m excited to go to sleep at night or even for naps if I can during the day.

I like to break away so that I can remove those toxins out of my mind. By doing this, it helps me cultivate a healthy lifestyle through positivity and high energy; or as some say, good vibes.
— Reca A'Shauntae