Seven day body and mind detox

Start spring a-fresh with an easy to follow body and mind detox.

After the indulgences of Easter many of us are keen to give our bodies a break with a detox. While this is great, have you given any thought to your mind? Giving yourself a mental and physical detox for a week or so will rejuvenate you and help you attack the new season with new vigour.

Day 1:

Mind – give yourself a quick mental detox by setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier than usual and taking this time to write in a journal. You can write anything you want, completely uncensored for 15 minutes. Getting out any negativity or trepidation you may feel about the day ahead will help you feel more positive.

Body – cleanse your digestive system with a glass of hot water and lemon. Do this first thing in the morning before you eat anything for a burst of vitamin C.

Day 2:

Mind – try to avoid belittling yourself today and instead focus on appreciating yourself more. Acknowledge every accomplishment, even the courage it took to start this plan.

Body – avoid drinking too much coffee as caffeine is a stimulant and can cause stress levels to rise. Aim to replace your daily coffees with herbal teas instead.

Day 3:

Body & Mind – get moving! Exercise will boost your body confidence, release endorphins as well as keep you physically fit.

Day 4:

Mind – try to be grateful today – even if your life isn’t exactly where you hoped it would be, focus on the things you’re thankful for.

Body – get into the habit of drinking a glass of water 15 minutes before every meal. We often mistake thirst signals for hunger so keep hydrated to avoid eating more than necessary.

Day 5:

Mind – time to switch off and relax. Have a candlelit bath, listen to some music or get lost in a good book.

Body – simplify your eating. Avoid pre-packaged meals and complicated recipes and opt for simple, healthy foods instead.

Day 6:

Mind – detox your house. Cluttered spaces make for cluttered minds so roll up your sleeves and organise your cupboards for a breath of fresh air.

Body – give nettle leaf tea a go. This plant is said to make hair shinier, give skin a healthy glow and even brighten the whites of your eyes.

Day 7:

Mind – get creative today and express yourself. How you do that is up to you, redecorate a room, paint a picture or write some poetry, whatever you do give it your all.

Body – keep your diet neutral. Foods like cheese, meat, sugar, grains and alcohol all lead to an acidic digestive system if eaten too much. Try to keep a balance by eating alkaline foods such as seaweed and dark leafy greens.

If you are looking to give your life a serious detox, speaking to a life coach could help you do this and focus on your goals. For more information, please see our Personal Development page.

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Written by Kat Nicholls
Kat is a Senior Writer for Life Coach Directory and Happiful magazine.
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