Fall is a time of renewal before winter sets in. It is during this time that many people take advantage of the cooling temperatures to renew their dedication to their workout routines, refresh their wardrobes and maybe even try out a new haircut. Part of this renewal process often involves fall cleaning for our house or a cleansing for our bodies through some sort of detox diet. While we are doing all of these detoxification processes and renewing our commitment to living better, it is a good idea to look at our lives as a whole to see if there might be some other areas in need of a bit of detoxification.
1. Clear the physical clutter.
Part of your fall cleaning routine should definitely include clearing the physical clutter from your life. Studies have shown that people do not function as effectively in a cluttered environment. Get rid of junk you do not need and organize the stuff you have for a more productive life with less stress.
2. Clear the digital clutter.
Free up your time and lower your stress by cleaning up your digital life. This may include organizing the desktop on your computer, finally putting all of those pictures in the appropriate folders or unsubscribing from email newsletters you no longer read. It could also include finally going through your junk folder to delete all of that unwanted spam or making it a goal to get your inbox down to zero.
3. Clear the air.
Holding grudges, feeling guilty and keeping things to yourself is not usually the healthiest way to live a happy, whole life. Take this time to make amends for past wrongs, forgive what can be forgiven and let people know how you feel about those things that have been bothering you for years.
4. Clear your calendar.
If your calendar is filled with meetings and social obligations that you feel compelled to attend but are not really enhancing your enjoyment of life, it is time to cut back on calendar clutter and make more time for yourself. Pleasurable pursuits are good for your overall health and wellness, but feeling obligated to go to dinner parties hosted by people you barely know or showing up for a weekly bridge game just because you have been doing it for years does not count.
5. Detoxify your circle of friends.
This may be the most difficult thing to detox, but if you have toxic people in your life it is time to let them go. If you cannot remove them from your life completely, you should be able to at least limit your contact with them as much as possible. Do not let others steal your happiness or draw you into their drama. If you limit the amount of time you spend with toxic people, you are sure to enjoy a happier, healthier life.