When most people hear the word detox they instantly think of a juice cleanse or quitting smoking.
However, I’m not here to talk about a green juice cleanse. What I hope to do is to encourage you to detox your life.
We made it past the holidays and welcomed a new year, which means it’s time for new beginnings. Check out these few tips on how to start fresh this year.
1. Purge the expired
This may seem simple but sometimes we can forget to do the most obvious like cleaning out our cosmetic cabinets. Just like food, makeup has expiry dates. Tossing out a barely used tube of mascara may be hard to do, but it’s not worth the risk of getting an infection or causing permanent damage.
- Mascara –3 months.
- Liquid Foundation and Concealer –6 to 12 months.
- Cream Blush and Eyeshadow –6 to 12 months.
- Powder Blush and Eyeshadow –1 year.
- Eyeliner and Lipliner Pencils –Up to 2 years.
- Liquid Eyeliner –6 months or less.
- Lipstick –1 year.
- Moisturizers and Skin Care –1 to 2 years.
If that doesn’t inspire you to do it…. keep in mind you can easily replace it for 3 KWD at any pharmacy.
2. Rid the toxic friendships
Maybe you have a friend who only talks to you when she needs a favor. Or a friend who only calls you up when there is bad news. Or the friend who always ditches you last minute. If your past your twenty-somethings, I’m sure at some point and time you have had a friend like this. If this sounds familiar…it might be time to reevaluate your relationships.
Start by focusing on yourself. The better we treat ourselves, to listen to ourselves and focus on our needs, the less venerable we are to toxic relationships.
3. Start a new hobby
Let’s admit it. Sometimes we get so caught up in our careers or our daily routines, we ignore to take time for ourselves.
Recently, I have started up bullet journaling and painting again. I will openly admit that I am not the best but it keeps my mind active and motor skills sharp. So, if you have always wanted to try out that new spinning class or are keen on learning French to impress the locals during your next vacay in Paris…the time to start is NOW.
Keep in mind that your new hobby doesn’t have to be time consuming or expensive.
4. Downsize your wardrobe
Let’s be realistic. When is the last time you have worn those size 2 jeans from college?
Your closet is more than just a collection of clothes. It’s a reflection of who we are and what we want to reflect. In reality, you only need 30-40 pieces that you can pair easily.
To start, ask yourself these questions:
- Have I worn it in the last year?
- Do I feel good in it?
- Does it fit?
- Is it in good condition? Can it easily be fixed? (Am I actually going to take it to get fixed?)
- Can I wear it with at least three other things in my closet?
- Does it fit your day-to-day activities?
Now that you have answered these questions, you’re ready to begin. Don’t forget to donate items that are still in good condition.
5. Digital detox
There is high chance that your using your cell phone to read this or have spent that half hour browsing Instagram. Don’t be too hard on yourself, we are all guilty of this.
While our smartphones have made our life much easier the addiction is real. Studies have shown that high cellphone use can increase stress and cause negative emotions.
- Plan a retreat (yes…with no phone)
- Turn off your notifications
- Switch to airplane mode while working out or reading
- Choose a day of the week to power off
I wish you all the best! – J