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3 Ways to Detox

3 Ways to Detox 


The world isn’t slowing down. Not for a second. Everyday is filled with more information, more options, more things added to our to-do lists. But what if we took time out to detox from the busyness of life just like we do sugar. Or alcohol? Here, three ways to reboot your information overload.


1. The Digital Detox
Click ‘like’ if you’re constantly updating your Snapchat account or checking FB notifications. Actually don’t. Our life is so centred around our smartphones that the thought of not checking into social media is hard to imagine even for a day, let alone a week. But thanks to a new wave of digital detoxers taking time out from their precious online moments, they’re spreading the word that living life less online and more in real time has plenty of health benefits. Want to give it a try? Put an out-of-office on your emails stating that you only check them between certain hours (working hours) so there’s no expectation for you to reply when you’re away from your desk. Next, say farewell to all (yes, all) your social media for at least a week and put your phone on silent so you’re not tempted to always answer it or check messages as they come in. Set limits on yourself like only checking your phone twice a day for urgent calls, emails or texts and stick to it for at least 7 days. A word of warning: days 2-3 are generally the most difficult but once you start living in the moment rather than constantly filling time with your phone, you’ll start to realise why this trend is taking off.


2. The To-Do List Detox
For avid list makers there’s fewer things more satisfying that ticking tasks off your to-do list. But what happens when your to-do list keeps growing (and so does your anxiety)? Kick it to the kerb and let things go through to the ‘too hard basket’ for a while. Here’s how it’s done. Firstly, plan ahead and complete any urgent tasks that need tending to before embarking on the detox - this will give you a great sense of accomplishment while also reducing any stress involved in the detox. Next, categorise all the non-essential tasks and reschedule them at least one week later than initially planned. With your to-do list now reorganised, it’s time to rearrange your perception of what’s important and what’s not. Too often unnecessary tasks are created in a bid to keep you busy, but why? For the period of your detox complete only urgent tasks as they arise, rather than keeping them for later and anything that isn’t urgent or deemed unnecessary just leave it and see what happens. The additional time and space you create in your life during the detox should be filled with fun and meaningful activities, allowing you to prioritise the positive things in your life and leave behind unnecessary stress.


3. The News Detox
If the overload of negative news streaming into your life is giving you anxiety, it might be time to consider a news detox. Start by telling family and friends that while you love a good debate over the state of the world, you’re taking time out to focus on more positive aspects of your life for the next few weeks and ask them to respect your decision by not mentioning all that’s wrong with the world during that time. Next, unplug from your go-to news sites and limit time on social media (or cut it out completely) to ensure you’re not getting inundated with dire images and stories of war-torn countries and political melodramas. If you really need to keep on top of things, pick one trusted source of news and current affairs but read (or watch) it only once a week so you’re not overloaded. And it goes without saying but avoid turning on the TV between 6-7pm every night - go for a walk then instead!


Words by Yasemin Trollope, image under license of