Detoxing the body is a fairly common concept these days. We’re becoming hyper-aware of the toxins readily available in so many (too many) of our foods and products that are accumulating within our systems and causing problems. Clearing these out regularly is a great practice that many of us are picking up as a part of our regular health regimens.
Our bodies aren’t the only things that need regular detoxing, though. Our minds are also picking up beliefs, fear, and energy from constant bombardment of media and interactions with others. The places we occupy, be it our homes, our offices, our vehicles, and any other place we spend time, collect dust and stagnant energy that needs to be cleaned regularly to stay fresh.
Even our relationships can accumulate toxicity if left unchecked. As a general rule of thumb, anything worth having is worth the energy to “upkeep.” Anything in this world left unattended, to do as it will, will unavoidably stagnate and accumulate toxicity that then must be cleansed in order to function at top-level efficiency.
Detoxing the Mind
Detoxing the mind is a matter of 2 things. 1: Limiting any toxic input. This can mean cutting down on your screen time, turning off notifications to social media, or making sure any entertainment you consume is feeding what’s good (i.e., no garbage tv or secondary trauma).
Being aware of your thought patterns and belief systems so that when something unhelpful or harmful pops up, you can clear that out and replace it with something better. Most of our thoughts and beliefs are programming passed down to us from our caregivers and culture. Building a better world for ourselves and each other starts by analyzing these and choosing the best route instead of doing whatever everyone else is doing and has done.
Detoxing Our Environment
This doesn’t necessarily mean picking up trash off the side of the road, even though that’s a great practice as well. More so, we’re looking at our personal environments. The small spaces we spend the most time in such as our bedrooms, vehicles, and office space.
Since our outside is a reflection of our inside and vice versa, it’s a great mental health practice to keep these areas clean, organized, and dust free. I’m a big advocate for minimalism for this reason. The less you have accumulating dust, the easier it is to upkeep everything.
Detoxing Our Relationships
We all know we should set up secure boundaries and limit access to ourselves when it comes to toxic people. Our relationships extend deeper than the people around us, though. We also have to stay aware of the relationships we’re cultivating with ourselves, with money, with food, and every other direction in life.
Relationships are everywhere, and we have to make sure we’re meeting them all with healthy and nurturing patterns. This goes back to detoxing the mind point but radiates out of us and into our world as we interact with each other and all things.
All in all, just be mindful. Energy is always flowing in, from, and through us. Do your best to make sure it’s as clean and positive as you can get it to be.