We did it! My husband and I just completed a “cleanse or reset” program as one more way to begin the year with a fresh start. Contrary to what some believe, we didn’t live on liquids for days on end. We simply cut out certain foods that cause inflammation or irritation to the body for about a week.
The purpose of a reset is to rid the body of any toxins to boost energy, improve mood and simply recharge health. Mood and energy can be affected to the point that the things you once loved are so unlikeable anymore, e.g., even your dog. Many health practitioners suggest this ritual as a way to reset the body’s system to start over again, much the same way we reset or reboot our computers so they’re restored to their original state.
How to Reset and Destress
You might not choose to do a physical body reset; however, there are many ways to reset other things within your life. Letting go of toxic or unhealthy people, getting rid of activities that deplete energy, and taking back time to devote to areas of passion are a few examples of steps we can all take to start over. Here are some suggestions on resetting any of these areas that may have taken you to a place of non-fulfillment – and even to the point of disliking your dog:
1 – Most of us have one person in our world that leaves us feeling drained. They may be negative, take a consistent victim mentality, or always rub us the wrong way. What can we do? If they’re in our professional life, we can’t necessarily give them the boot. We can control how we manage our interaction with them (this is a whole separate blog).
If they’re in our personal circle, we can at least set boundaries or take a season to step away to preserve ourselves. Not all relationships are meant to last a lifetime. People change, situations change and our needs change. In a video on the website The School of Life calls out, the narrator call us on “spending time with people for no truly identifiable good reason.”
What relationships do you need to re-evaluate and potentially remove yourself from, at least for a season?
2 – What work or other activities are depleting your energy? Which ones are you truly passionate about? Jim Collins calls this our “A+ zone.” He says we should be doing things we’re passionate about during 90% of our time. He takes this so seriously that he carries a stop watch and presses it when he feels himself going out of his A+ zone just to keep himself accountable. We may not be able to enjoy every single thing in our jobs – some parts of it may just stink – dealing with an angry client, compiling a report, or anything else you may not find fulfilling.
What can you do? Create a “stink zone” sandwich! This allows you to sandwich that activity between two other activities you find rewarding, making the stink zone more palatable.
3 – January is almost over! How much time this month did you invest in you? How much space did you give yourself to think, recharge, and re-energize yourself? What did you do that allowed you the breathing room to set goals, let go of negative thoughts and generally reclaim any part of your life for 2017? The reality is most of us put so much structure in our lives that we smother out the healthy space our minds and souls crave to be able to reset. Take blocks of time to put down the phone, get a massage, go for a fun, or sit in the floor with the kids to unplug so you can reset. Each week take time to step away from what seems urgent to focus on what’s necessary.
By taking a few simple steps to reset and destress, you might even start to like your dog again.