“Detoxify your life by eliminating phony friends, dead-end jobs, and pretend life partners.” – Dr. Thema Davis. The need to detoxify your life is a direct result of an overworked, overscheduled, and overwhelmed lifestyle that most people have come to accept as ‘normal’ and a fact of life,’ despite the fact that this is not the case. We have less time and increased responsibilities.
Materialism and consumerism have also produced harmful results. It is widely accepted as a fact that purchasing more items increases happiness. Changes in industry, business, and finance have significantly modified our way of life. We acquire more material goods, incur more debt, and work longer hours than ever before in history.
We have achieved a “higher standard of living” by sacrificing the quality of life. Dr. Stuart Vyse, author of Going Broke: Why Americans Can’t Keep Their Money, states: “People may have more physical objects and possessions than in previous generations, but many of them are miserable.”
Yes, consumerism has frequently set the standard for toxic behaviors. However, it is not the sole culprit. Here are nine additional indicators that it is time to detoxify your life.
9 Signs It’s Time to Purge Your System
1. The Presence of An Excessive Number of Negative People In Your Life
Negative individuals have a draining effect on our psyche. These are the constantly judgmental, critical, and even abusive individuals. Regardless of the circumstance, this individual always seems to have something negative to say.
If that toxic person is transferring their negativity to you, it is time to remedy the situation. Understand that it is not your responsibility to shoulder this person’s burdens. You have the right to live a positive, happy life free from others’ negative influence.
Don’t talk to them or about them, don’t visit their Facebook page, and don’t text, email, or write to them; in other words, avoid them. Is this challenging? Yes…but not as challenging as that noxious individual.
2. Detoxify From Excessive Waiting
It is incredible how many individuals do not have a monthly budget! Without a budget, it is impossible to determine how a check should be spent. There are free online spreadsheets and apps for your mobile device, or you can use pen and paper.
Utilizing credit cards excessively is another indicator that you are spending too much. One method of determining this is by comparing your balance to your available credit. Is it over fifty percent? If it is and you have no plans to pay it off, you are spending excessively.
Folks, do not spend more than you earn.
3. Ignoring Your Health
It goes without saying that the body can become contaminated with toxins. This frequently occurs when we consume an excessive amount of unhealthy foods, excessive amounts of alcohol, or don’t get enough exercise.
Other indicators that you are neglecting your body include:
- Inability to fall asleep at night or extreme difficulty getting out of bed in the morning
- Constant breakouts on your skin
- You are often ill (1-2 times a month)
- You rarely eat meals at a table, opting for fast-food restaurants instead
What is the solution? Eat well, exercise three times per week, and get at least seven hours of sleep every night.
4. Eliminate Unneeded Clutter
Then there is “stuff” — meaningless, excessive, and pointless “stuff” that just seems to accumulate on us. Where is your “stuff” at the moment? Get rid of whatever is on your desk, in your closet, in your living room, on a table, or in your car.
Books, papers, toys, shoes, clothing, food, and antiques (Mom!) occupying space for no apparent reason is typically the source of clutter. But it occupies more than just physical space; it also occupies mental space.
Physical clutter competes for your attention, reduces your performance, and heightens your stress levels. Do yourself, your desk, and your mind a favor by discarding it.
5. Always Being “connected”
We firmly believe that excessive technology use and dependence are toxic. If you don’t believe us, consider how many cell phone users you’ve observed driving. Have your children brought a tablet or mobile device to the dinner table? Has a coworker ignored you or another coworker while responding to their hundredth text message?
Certainly, technology plays a role. The development of technology has led to medical advancements, improvements in education, scientific discoveries, and more. However, this has had a negative impact on our actual relationship. Families become estranged, parents bring work home, and children use Facebook instead of opening their textbooks. With excessive technology use, there is no real presence of mind.
Consider when and how you use technology.
6. Having No Alone Time
Society has placed a premium on social skills in order to meet demands both inside and outside the workplace. Those who value solitude are frequently viewed as outcasts or self-centered. Nothing could be further from the truth. In reality, solitude is essential.
Why is solitude so important? Because it…
- Allows the mind to relax
- Soothes your emotions
- Prevents burnout
- Rejuvenates the body
- Provides time for reflection and contemplation
- Try to take 15 minutes to yourself at some point throughout the day
7. Constant Multitasking
As our lives have become more hectic, most of us can no longer afford the luxury of time. Someone devised “multitasking” as a way to deal with these multiple distractions; it consists of performing multiple tasks simultaneously in order to “get more done.”
Even more remarkable (or perilous), the business world somehow accepted the idea that multitasking was possible. If these CEOs had examined the science behind multitasking, they would have realized that “multitasking” is a dangerous myth. The brain is physically incapable of performing more than two tasks simultaneously.
– Multitasking is more stressful and less productive.
Detoxify from performing dual roles. Single-tasking — focusing the mind on a single task while minimizing distractions — is the sole solution. Please understand that it is necessary to minimize or (even better) eliminate distractions when performing a single task.
8. Ignoring Spiritual Requirements
Religious or spiritual needs must not be disregarded. Whether you meditate, read scripture, pray, attend church, enjoy the beauty of nature, or something else, it is essential to your balance and well-being that you engage in activities that uplift your spirit.
Take at least 20 to 30 minutes per day to attend to these needs. If this is not possible, spend 10 to 15 minutes meditating, reading scripture, or enjoying solitude before retiring to bed.
9. Despise Work
For the majority of us, work is a necessity… it’s the paycheck. We clock in, work our eight hours as efficiently as possible, and leave. Most of us do not have the luxury of searching for and landing the ideal job.
However, if your work affects you to the extent that it complicates your life outside of work hours, such that you can’t sleep, fight with your spouse, irritate your children (or vice versa), experience emotional breakdowns, or something else, it’s time to seriously consider a job change.
If you cannot change jobs in order to detoxify, try changing your environment. Consider purchasing earplugs if, for instance, a coworker refuses to leave you alone. If you cannot stand your supervisor, consider a transfer. Try to find something that will make your workday more bearable.
- Do you frequently suffer from allergies, sinus congestion, or respiratory issues?
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