Since we previously spoke, it has been a mad rush for the new year, and being mindful and efficient has been a challenge for many, including myself, but we are back with my regular post from now on. To those of you who have called or tried to e-mail about the yahoo.com issues, please know that I have done my best to resolve it, but it may be a lost cause due to their new policies.
Anyhow, today, I would like to chat about real-life detoxing. During this time of year, many people have either fallen off the bandwagon with their health goals are starting to wobble to due to using will power as their ultimate fuel source. However, willpower alone will not get you there. Willpower will burn away faster than you can replenish it 8/10 times. What will get you there are three things: small actions for your physical health, slight improvements in boundaries, and taking time for self-care/rest.
While that seems overly simplistic, there is a substantial physiological construct behind it, and that is, we as a society are stressed. We are so stressed that this is the first time in the history of our existence that the birthrate has declined faster than projected. (Hint: Sustained stress disables life-giving cells)
Life-giving cells include every tissue that communicates, heals, carries or expells from and to the body. At this point in the social construct, we are sadly taking in way more pollutants than we can handle, and it is showing, so we need a detox. No, I am not suggesting you go on some crazy fast diet or other pandering gimmicks that some guru on Instagram or TicTok will get you to buy. What I do suggest is that you focus on activities that will help you maintain your balance.
Maybe you have been stressed at work or at home. Look through these questions to see if they ring a bell.
When was the last time you had a hug from one of your loved ones?
When was the last time you had a meal at home?
When was the last time you were out in nature?
When was the last time you enjoyed some good music?
When was the last time you had a meaningful conversation for you or another person?
When was the last time you felt fully rested?
If you scored less than 6/6 on those questions, then there is work to be done. Trust me; I am working on them too.
My suggestion is that you take the time to recalibrate and cut away that which does not serve you in this new decade. It could be as simple as adding one more vegetable to your plate at dinner, and trust me, those small things add up.
Until next time my tribe; stay well, be well, and live well.