Month 12: Emotional and stress detox
This month marks the last month of my Year of the Detox! Wow, I can hardly believe that the year is almost over and that I made it through all the challenges I set for myself. December may be the last month of the detox, but it is the first month that I am focusing on my emotional state, rather than my physical one. The holiday season can be especially stressful, so it is really worth it to take time out and focus a bit on yourself. It may be the season of giving, but that doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself something, right?
The rules for this month are:
1. In bed by 9 p.m., lights out by 10 p.m.
I know, 9 p.m. seems really early and I have already started to have a bit of issues with this one, but I’m going to keep trying.
2. Every night, I will journal five things that I am grateful for.
This will help me focus on the best parts of my day and hopefully remove the negative thoughts of anything that irked me.
3. Write affirmations every night
Affirmations are statements of what we want from life and what we want to be, but written in the current tense. So instead of writing down, “I want to be healthy and weigh XXXlbs.” I write something like, “I AM healthy and I love my lean, toned, XXXlb. body. Everything contributes to this perfect result.”
4. Spend at least twenty minutes doing some form of meditation before bed.
Whether it be straight meditation, chanting or something else, I will devote time to doing that each evening. Meditation has a calming and relaxing effect, so I plan to benefit from this as much as I can.
Obviously, with the holiday season being here, I may not be able to commit to the 9 pm curfew every night, but if I can do it for 90% of the month, I’ll consider it a definite victory.
What nighttime rituals do you have to keep yourself stress detoxed?