Life detox: What does it mean and how do we do it?

When people talk about detoxing, they’re normally referring to food and drink, right?

They’re hoping to rid their bodies of the toxins that may have accumulated as a result of a dodgy diet or a binge drinking session, but a detox isn't just confined to food or drink!

However, when you think of a life detox, you need to look at it in the same simple terms you would apply to those other detoxes.

Use the new year to rid your life of toxic relationships, damaging habits and harmful behaviour so you’ll spend 2015 a happier, healthier and more content individual.

Here are just five ways to detox your lifestyle.

1. Find the good in every single day by keeping a diary

Some days it may seem like the universe conspired against you, but you need to find something to be thankful for every day.

When you crawl into bed at night, reflect on your day and you will undoubtedly find something that made you smile or lifted your spirits which you can jot down in your notebook.

2. Assess your relationship 

Are you truly happy in your relationship or are you stuck in a rut? Don’t move into the new year with doubt in your mind about your other half.

Decide to remedy the issues that bothered you in 2014 or move on, if that’s the only option. The future you will thank you either way.

3. Are you friends or frenemies?

Did you spend more time than you thought possible last year obsessing over a friendship with someone you struggled to understand? Friendship shouldn’t be a difficulty or a burden, girls.

Frankly, ladies, if you have to question whether someone is your friend, then chances are they’re not. Move on from the ‘friendship’ and leave your worries behind you.

4. Fine tune your finances

Did you spend much of last year in a panic the week before payday wondering how you’re ever going to make ends meet?

Sure, have a blow-out once in a while and live on noodles for a week so you can afford that to-die-for jacket, but don’t make it a regular thing. Rid yourself of money woes by drawing up a realistic budget and sticking to it.

5. Clear out your clobber

You know those jeans with the hole in the crotch that you promised yourself you’d mend? You haven’t, have you?  Girls, holding on to clothes that are too small, past their best days or don’t suit your new style is head-melting.

Spend a couple of hours going through your wardrobe and part with clothes that you haven’t worn in the last 3 to 6 months. Donate to charity or pawn off on a mate, but do get sorting. And hey, if nothing else, it’s an excuse to go shopping for that to die-for jacket and 12 pack of noodles, right?

Detoxing is way more fun than you'd thought it would be, right?