I was a little sad to see 2014 go. I can say with certainty it was my favorite year to date. The people, the places, and the moments are all so special, I don’t want them to become distant memories… tiny little blips in the grand scale of life. But one thing I’ve learned with time is that certain people will always be there, even when we don’t expect it, and certain places will always be home, even when we go away for a while. I’m excited for a fresh start, especially one that is taking place in a new city – I can’t wait to see what 2015 has in store. To help get me in the right mindset to take on the new year, I’m trying these 5 methods to “detox” both mentally and physically.
Cleanse the Home
Get rid of any lingering holiday clutter – decorations, gift boxes, leftover food, etc. Give your floors and counters a good scrub down; vacuum any carpets. Open up the windows for a little while and let in some fresh air. Burn some incense. Change up your wall art. Make your bed with some crisp white sheets. Give yourself a fresh new space to start off the new year, you don’t have to wait until spring to do some spring cleaning.
I decided that although I loved my photo wall, even it needed a fresh start. The majority of the photos and mementos I had hanging were from last year, and I want to start anew with memories from 2015. Save for a few timeless photos, my wall is a blank canvas again.
Break a Sweat
Sweat out the toxins and while you’re at it, let go of any tension, stress, or negative feelings you’ve been holding onto from the previous year. For me, there is no better way to do this than to run. I don’t do it for any other reason than for the release it gives me – it makes me feel powerful, free, and clear-minded.
Nourish the Body
To detox is to rid the body of toxic substances, and while I don’t think it’s necessary to go on a new year’s cleanse, now is as good a time as any to simply refocus on what you’re putting into your body and nourish it with only the healthiest meals. Eating healthy is a lot like running in that once you start doing it, and make it the norm, it becomes more and more enjoyable and easy to do. I’ve been making lots of smoothies and versions of acai bowls – the one below is frozen strawberries, blueberries, and almond milk blended and topped with banana, oats, chia seeds, and almonds. One of the best things I’ve ever eaten.
Get rid of something (materially)
I used to be such a packrat, but somewhere, at some point, I did a 180 – now I can’t stand clutter. The thought of having too much stuff around gives me anxiety. In addition to cleaning my apartment and getting rid of a lot of unnecessary junk, I also like to go through my closet and make a pile of things to donate. I always find there are certain pieces I just don’t wear enough to justify holding onto, that someone else will have a lot more use for.
Get rid of something (mentally)
It’s hard to let things go, especially if they’re left unresolved. But sometimes you just have to accept that there is nothing you can do, and let it go. Move on. I attended a yoga and wellness retreat a couple of years ago and on one of the last nights, we participated in a fire ceremony. We sat around a bonfire, and passed around a speaking stick. When you held the stick you could share something that you wanted to let go of, or you could simply sit in silence. It was so moving and empowering, and honestly… it worked. The act of putting something in words, or writing, and then consciously releasing it, is something we can all do from time to time. Let something go – do it in your own way, and bid it farewell.
How are you welcoming the new year?