This may be an unpopular opinion but hear us out: this year, instead of new goals, resolutions or adding more to your plate than you have space for; we’re suggesting letting go of things. This could be beliefs, ideas and even relationships that no longer serve you. (*cue gasp*)
More often than not, we get caught up in an achievement mindset (nothing wrong with that) but this may be a chance for us to pause and take stock of the habits in our lives that are holding us back so we can move forward into the rest of the year, feeling lighter, detoxed and clearer about what truly matters to us. Here are some ideas:
Detox from self-judgment
Often, we’re our harshest critics when we should be our biggest cheerleaders. This year, make it a point to be kinder to yourself and normalize asking for help when you need it. We can all acknowledge the past couple of years haven’t been easy and truth bomb? You don’t have to have it all together. Recognize that it is okay to try, to fail and to learn from our mistakes. Reminder: you are only human.
Ps: It’s also perfectly okay to ask for professional help. If you’re struggling with your mental health, seek out help: mentalhealth.gov, Suicide Prevention Lifeline and America Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
Detox from social media
If you find yourself doom scrolling in bed every night or from the minute you wake, it might be time to take a break from the ‘gram. If it feels too challenging to go off the grid all at once, try breaking it down to smaller steps - start with not checking your phone for an hour or two, or place it in a different room before you go to bed.
Detox from unhelpful habits
Pay attention to things you do and how they make you feel. Are there habits in your life that leave you feeling pretty “meh”? It could be simple things like having a sweet treat every night after dinner or hitting snooze when you’d rather be hitting the gym - consider the long-term goal and what you’d actually gain if you choose what would make you feel better and happier in the long run.
Detox from unhealthy eats
While it’s completely okay to indulge and treat yourself once in a while, it’s equally important to note that what we feed ourselves can affect our mood. Unhealthy options can make us feel sluggish and tired while nourishing noms can fuel and sustain us.
Detox from unhealthy relationships
Are there people in your life who just zap your energy and drain you? It might be time to say, “bye, Felicia” to those friendships and focus on the people who truly love and support you instead. We know this is a tough one as humans are made for connection but choosing a crew of amazing humans to be by your side is a true sign of self-respect.
Detox from people-pleasing
If constantly saying “yes” to others is bringing you down, it’s time to add “no” to your vocabulary and set strong boundaries for what truly matters for you. You choose you, boo.
Set aside a detox day
This is a chance to switch off from the world and tune in to yourself. You could make this a weekly habit or a monthly treat for yourself. Set aside a full day to focus on self-care and what makes your soul light up.
It could be a full day of pampering with your favorite BLAQ products (who doesn’t love an at-home spa sash?!), yoga, journaling, a brunch date with a good book or just lounging at your local park with a warm cuppa. Take this time to reflect on the past weeks and celebrate the wins - no matter how big or small. You deserve this.