As with many events in life, a divorce often reminds us that the change is the only constant. This one, however, is often riddled with stress, negative emotions, conflict, and the necessity to let go. You need to let go of an entire way of life, a partnership, and build a foundation for a new beginning, even though you’re likely exhausted from ending something in the first place. The build-up of negativity, toxic emotions, and arguments that have led to this moment can have a long-term impact on your self-esteem, confidence, and mindset.
The single best way to battle the potential anxiety and negativity following a divorce is to create your own self-care strategy packed with detoxing methods for your body and your mind. Such an approach can help you genuinely create that clean slate and enter your new stage of life ready for any challenge that comes your way. Here are a few helpful tips to add to your routine that will detox your body and mind after divorce.
How to Detox Your Body and Mind After Divorce
Schedule Regular Physical Activity
One of the most effective ways to truly empower yourself after divorce is to take charge of your health and wellbeing. Regular exercise has a positive impact both on your physical health and your mental state, which means that you’ll contribute to the detoxing process on both fronts with this single strategy. Workouts will balance your hormones, you’ll improve your cardiovascular endurance, and your body’s natural detox mechanisms will work much better as a result, not to mention the confidence you’ll gain by becoming more resilient, stronger, and leaner.
Cleanse Through Proper Nutrition
You already know that avoiding certain foods and ingredients such as trans fats and processed sugar is excellent for your health. However, you can amp up your detoxing efforts by adding a few ingredients that will help your body cleanse more effectively and use your healthy nutrients better to heal. This is a perfect opportunity to follow a total body cleanse program based on a clean, nutrient-dense diet and healthy supplementation. These additions to your diet should be based on natural, yet powerful ingredients such as immunity-boosting Echinacea and cleansing spices such as turmeric.
You’ll cleanse your body all the more effectively when you abandon any negative habits such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and the like. Your body and your mind will benefit from this strategy, as you’ll rid yourself of any toxin buildup, and you’ll feel better in your own skin, ready to tackle your new life.
Start Writing a Journal
Recognizing your emotions and processing the negativity, confusion, frustration, sadness, and loss are part of the divorce process, as well as the healing. Sometimes, writing can help you put those emotions and all of that turmoil in perspective, so that you can acknowledge what you feel and begin to detox your mind from the negativity and make room for more positive attitudes and emotions.
The divorce might have brought out an avalanche of unwanted angst, but facing those feelings and letting them go is part of rebuilding yourself. Start your day by writing down your expectations and feelings, and perhaps a few affirmations to give yourself more courage. Then you can end your day by writing down your impressions and thoughts to clear your mind before you go to sleep.
Sleep Your Way to a Peaceful Mind
No matter what kind of healthy foods you add to your menu or how hard you work at the gym, you cannot make up for the lack of sleep that is bound to wreak havoc on your health. After all, it’s during the night that your brain processes the occurrences of the previous day and thus cleanses of any negative thoughts and conflicts, while your body metabolizes nutrients, repairs muscle tissue, and flushes out toxins.
Ample sleep should be a top priority during this stressful period so that you can restore balance into your life, have more energy for any new endeavors you set your mind and heart to, and above all else, stay healthy and resilient.
Make New Memories
Negativity is something that builds up over time, but while you cannot undo years of any kind of hardship, you can focus on slowly building up positivity in your life. Just like with active efforts to build up your health through nutrition and exercise, you’ll banish anxiety and negativity by spending time with people who love you.
Make new memories with your family, your friends, and other loved ones. Divorces can be daunting and exhausting, but when you surround yourself with loving, caring people, you have an entire support network of positivity to help you craft new memories as the basis for your future.
Life post-divorce can be a little hectic and filled with surprises. What you make of those moments, challenges, and the overall change of pace is entirely up to you: it takes time to heal, but you need more than time to move on. The decision to divorce your spouse is a difficult, albeit positive one when you come out the other way prepared to continue building your happiness one self-affirming choice at a time.
This little guide is just that, a system to help you create your own happiness, and vanquish the toxic remnants of your past relationships and its underlying unhappiness, so that you can move forward and start a new adventure free of past burden.
Lilly Miller is a Sydney-based graphic designer and a passionate writer. She loves everything about home decor, art history, and baking. She shares a home with two loving dogs and a gecko named Rodney.