Ah, lovelies. It has been a period of unexpected (and not always pleasant) changes, and the emotional upheaval that accompanies them, and the emotional eating that accompanies that.
I finally have a moment to just sit and hear myself think. And what I really need is a bit of detox.
Alas, detox has become a bit of a buzzword these days, most often used to mask get-skinny-quickly schemes, or fancy stays at 5-star resorts that most of us common mortals can only dream of.
But before it came to be attached with all of that, before it was being thrown around by trendsetters, hipsters and wannabes much like a pashmina around their skinny shoulders, detoxification had been touted and utilized as a valid healing method by many people in the holistic health community.
So, yeah – I need a detox. Quite aside from the water retention (and the fact that my skin is basically flipping me off) due to the high amounts of comfort food I consumed in the past couple of weeks, there’s the fact that I still feel sort of emotionally hungover, and I really feel the need to let go of some excess baggage, both physically and mentally (and yes, I do know how that sounds, but there it is anyway.) Also, the recurrent stress headaches are really getting old.
So for the next two weeks, I am lightening up across the boards, freeing up my schedule (or at least as much as you can do that with two kids, a husband and study assignments) as much as possible to dedicate more time to do whatever seems appropriate, be it writing, yoga, hikes and other solo activities – because as much as I love my friends, sometimes we just need to be by ourselves.
I will be avoiding alcohol, sugar, processed foods and red meat – the latter not evil per se, simply something I don’t do well on. I will be drinking lots of water – at least half my body weight, which is… well, quite a bit of water. And I will go to bed early so I can get enough rest, since both our moods and our physical well-being are affected by lack of sleep.
And the biggest challenge of all, I will do my best to drastically cut down on the time I spend online, on the computer, iPhone, or otherwise “plugged in”. That will be a doozy, but I think it’s needed.
So I was wandering… is there any chance you might want to do this with me? You don’t have to give up as much if you are not ready, but if you feel weighted down (mentally, physically, or both) and you feel like you could use some “lightening up”, then join me.
Or even if you don’t want to join me or do this with me, if you want to fly solo… do it. Take this time to dedicate to yourself. I am attaching a PDF file of the journal I will be using while on this little challenge, in case you want to use it.
Lighten up (PDF file)
‘Cause we all need to recharge our batteries at some point… and sometimes the best way to do that is to unplug from everything, and invest your energy in YOU.
Could you also use a bit of recharging before the Holiday Season hits in full?
Please share your recharge strategies, relaxation techniques, and how you take care of yourself, or what you like to do in your “me time”.