For the past few months, there have been significant changes in my life. No matter how exciting these changes may be, transitions force me to slow down and readjust. With an upcoming birthday and blog anniversary, now is the perfect time to cleanse and prepare for a new year of opportunity and growth.
The cleanse is composed of 4 key elements.
- Dietary Wellness
- Emotional/Mental Wellness
- Spiritual Wellness
- Physical Wellness
These elements are in no particular order and deserve equal attention. Just think about how a bad diet can affect energy levels, mood, and motivation to spend time with God or even go to the gym. Just keep in mind that all these elements are connected
1. Dietary Wellness
- No alcohol
- No sweets
- No fried foods
- No pork or beef
- No milk or chees
- No soda or sugary juices
- Lots of water, vegetables, & fruits
- No white breads (no bread, if possible)
Be sure to pay attention to how your body reacts to the changes in your diet. You'll likely observe an increase in energy levels and possibly experience more gas due to the increase in fiber from the veggies. Trust me, it won't last long (thank goodness). More importantly, take note to how your body responds when you add certain foods back to your diet. You may notice that your body runs better without certain foods like dairy or beef, so take note of these changes.
2. Emotional/Mental Wellness
This element calls you to be self-aware of your current emotional and mental needs and to be deliberate about setting aside time to have your needs met.
- Set aside a minimum of 20 minutes for self-care each day.
In a nut shell, self-care is any positive coping skill that refuels your mental and emotional energy. Self-care can involve going for a walk, reading a book, or talking with a good friend. Be aware that self-care is not just an excuse to crack open a bottle of wine each day. Go deeper than that and find ways to refuel on a significant level, whether it’s a counseling session or a run by the lake.
3. Spiritual Wellness
This element is much more personal and calls you to be honest with your spiritual relationship with God. Evaluate your heart and be aware of areas that are difficult for you. At the end of the day, all relationships have difficulties and your spiritual relationship with Christ is no different, so take the time to figure out what works for you.
- Set aside at least 20 minutes each day for time with the Lord. You can pray, sing, write, or just sit in His presence. The key is to be deliberate about being present. This is especially important if you’re just “going through the motions” in your spiritual life. Allow yourself to be open to seeking His heart.
4. Physical Wellness
Usually when people think of wellness, they think exercise. So this may be an easy element for you.
- Engage in 20+ minutes of physical activity. It can be yoga, a walk, a run, or zumba.
Just get your heart pumping!
I’ve committed to this cleanse for 27 days and decided to share it with my tribe because I’m not the only one who needs to realign with all the changes of life and push myself to grow. I’m aware that everyone has different needs for their particular life stage, so feel free to adjust this cleanse to meet your needs by extending/shortening the length or modifying elements of the cleanse.
he most important lesson is to make a commitment to living a healthier and more intentional life.