After over-indulging in the party season January is the ideal time to detox – less treats and more exercise. It leaves us feeling fitter to take on the New Year. But what if we could go further and give our whole life a clear out? Why not try these nifty ideas and get yourself in seriously good shape for spring?
10 things to detox
1. Detox… your body
It’s a term that’s bandied about all over the internet, but let’s be honest here: unless you’re undergoing medical intervention, there is no such thing as a body detox beyond what your livers, kidneys, skin and lungs can achieve.
That doesn’t mean you can’t detox your diet and lifestyle to help your body perform to its best, though. If you usually struggle to stick to your fitness regime, even when New Year’s resolutions are still ringing in your ears, it’s time to try something new.
TIP: Pick a time in your daily schedule that you find it easiest to keep free for exercising at home, in the park or at the gym, then find an activity that suits that time of the day. Sticking to the same schedule each day makes keeping the habit a lot easier. And check out our guide to Pilates to beat the post-Christmas bloat.
2. Detox… your mind
Meditation can be a brilliant way to clear out the junk we worry about day in day out. Never tried it before? There are lots of resources online, as well as apps such as Headspace and Buddhify.
TIPWhen you are ready to make time to sit down somewhere comfortable, chill out and meditate, choose a space in your home which isn’t cluttered or too noisy. For example, if you can hear the washing machine chugging away when you’re on your sofa, head for the bedroom!
3. Detox… your home
It’s tempting to put off a big tidy-up until your spring clean, but after the holidays our homes are usually bunged up with boxes and mess. A tidy room instantly makes you feel better, so when it’s too wet or cold to go out, why not tackle some of that clutter?
TIP: Keep a box by the front door for items you don’t need that could go to charity. Every time it’s full, bag the things up and drop them off at your local charity shop, keeping the box in your hall ready to fill up again. Try our Seven smart storage solutions for whatever’s left.
4. Detox… your handbag
Be kind to your back and treat that over-heavy handbag to a clear out. A 10-minute sort can leave us with a sleeker, better looking bag and greatly improved chances of finding our keys when we want them.
TIPStick to one of everything, and collect together little things like lip balm, tissues and hand cream in one cute little purse so they don’t get loose and mucky in the bottom of your bag.
5… Detox… your spending
After Christmas we all tend to tighten our belts, but how easy is it to keep up your good spending habits? Set aside one evening to write down a list of all your household income and outgoings. By simply mapping it all out you can start to get a better picture of what will help keep your finances in check.
TIP: Just a little planning ahead can help, so check out our 10 tips to save money on your weekly food shop.
6. Detox… your social life
Have you slumped into a routine of going to the same old places? Or worst still, do you never even get out to see friends that often? It’s time to give your free time a facelift!
TIPUse the New Year to get stuck into a new hobby. Whether it’s just something that you find relaxing or you want to learn a new skill, trying something new can involve going to a class, such as an art class, joining a knitting group or even taking up park-running. You’re bound to meet new people.
7. Detox… your wardrobe
Are the rails in your cupboards groaning with clothes that you haven’t worn in years? Over-filled wardrobes make it easy for moths to thrive among rarely touched jumpers and those dresses you really love are much more likely to get crumpled and spoiled. It may be time for a clearout.
TIP: A wardrobe detox will make it easier to find outfits each morning but also help you focus on what you really want when the spring fashions hit the shops. If you hate throwing good clothes away, why not do a clothes swap with your mates? It’s a fun night in, you’re recycling and you get a new look for nothing! Before you get going, check out our useful tips for decluttering your wardrobe.
8. Detox… your job
Giving your job a makeover can do wonders not only for your bank balance but also your confidence and home life.
TIP: Whether you want to go back to work after having children, you’re hoping to change careers or you’re just looking for a new job in a field you already know, it’s good to map out your end goals before you start to put plans in motion. Get your career ideas in order – maybe it’s even time to become your own boss!
Detox… your diet
If you’re exercising more, then it’s the ideal time to declutter your diet too. In winter when we’re all stuck indoors more often, eating is a common way to overcome boredom, but it’s worth at least keeping nibbles as healthy as possible.
TIP: Keep a food diary for a week and you’ll quickly spot the times when you’re eating more than you need to – and often it comes down to snack time! For inspired alternatives, check out our guide to healthy snacks to keep you full.
10. Detox… your family time
It's so easy to spend all your time at home doing chores while the kids get on with homework or see their mates. But just think how good it feels when you’re away on holiday and you all get a bit of down time together. Why not make time to do the same every weekend, all year round?
TIP: Check out our features on easy ways to spend quality time with your other half, your daughter, and your son. And because in winter everyone feels a little cooped up, why not try some of our Rainy day activities for kids?
What do you want to detox in your life – and what are your tips? Why not share your ideas in the comments box below?