We’re almost two weeks into 2018. How’s it going? Are you completely over your resolutions? Because I sure am.
Sure, like every other year, I resolved to drink more water, get to the gym, and make healthier eating choices, you know the drill. Resolutions never work, at least not for me (and I’m sure you can relate). So instead of focusing on resolutions in 2018, I decided to experiment with ~detoxing~ my life.
Instead of just wishing things could be better, I wanted to experiment with ways to actively make me excited and refreshed for the new year. So, after two weeks of trial and error, here are five ways to detox your life in 2018:
Unfollow + Unfriend
There’s no time like the present to rid your social feeds of toxic, annoying, or uninspiring friends. Take to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat to rid your feed of things that you just don’t care about. Do you really need to be Facebook friends with your ex-boyfriend’s cousin you met once? No. Do you need to follow that random influencer you found on Instagram who actually annoys you instead of inspires you? No.
Unfollowing + unfriending isn’t mean, it’s necessary for your mental sanity. We spend so much time on social media, so why would you follow people who leave you feeling anything less than positive and inspired? If you hate seeing certain people or things showing up in your social feeds, get rid of them. Start your year off by refreshing your following list – you won’t be disappointed (and for the ultimate detox, do it while drinking a green smoothie to detox your body too because #health).
Create a Pinterest vision board
I LOVE vision boards. Have you ever made one? (If you’ve never heard of a vision board, it’s essentially a collage you make of magazine cutouts of images and words that inspire and motivate you) But who actually has extra magazines laying around? Or glue sticks? Or who even has the time to make a physical vision board?
That’s where Pinterest comes in. Make a virtual vision board for 2018 and fill it with pictures that inspire you, travel guides for places you want to go, fashion styles you want to try, and healthy snacks to make.
Getting your thoughts and goals physically represented in front of you will not only make you feel more motivated to tackle the new year, but being able to look back at a physical reminder of what you want you achieve means you’re more likely to do it. Find my 2018 vision board here:
Clear out your closet
Because “New year, new wardrobe” is certainly a trend I think we all can get behind.
But seriously, nothing feels better than a clean, organized, color-coded closet. Please your inner neat freak and donate the old so that you can make way for the new. As you go through each piece in your closet, ask yourself if you’d buy it in the store today. If the answer is no, toss it. And once you clean out your closet, treat yourself to a brand new outfit because you deserve it. My reward outfit was this sweater from Marshalls (find a similar top here) and OTK boots from Target. #win
Find something to declutter
Once you clean your closet, find something to declutter. Whether it’s your dusty bookshelf, a bedside table drawer that hasn’t been opened since middle school, or even your purse, find one thing to clear out. When it comes to detoxing, it’s all about getting rid of unnecessary stuff – whether it’s the toxins your body or 10 month old Starbucks receipts in the bottom of your purse.
Having a decluttered space just makes you feel better (don’t ask me what the science is, just believe that it’s true).
Stick to a skincare routine
And I’m not just saying that because I interned for a skincare brand last semester. 😉 Put your best face forward this year by sticking to a religious skincare routine. Don’t tell yourself that you “don’t have time” to deal with washing your face every day – you absolutely do and you’ll be so much more confident when you do. While we all know looks aren’t everything, you can’t help but feel so much better when your skin is clean, healthy, and glowing.
Here’s a basic routine to build into your schedule:
- Twice a day:
- Put on eye cream
- Once a day:
- You can either choose to physically exfoliate with a tool like a Clarisonic or chemically exfoliate with a toner formulated for exfoliation
- A few times a week:
- Use a detoxifying clay mask
- Use a hydrating sheet mask
- Apply a moisturizing serum
Keep up with a routine like this for a few weeks and you’ll have the best skin of your life. Talk about a perfect way to tackle a new year!
Create a 2018 playlist
If you really want to set the tone for your year, you need a playlist. Right now, go open your Spotify account, make a new “2018” playlist, and start adding your favorite songs to pump you up for the year ahead (I highly recommend everything from Finesse by Bruno Mars + Cardi B, Justin Timberlake’s new music + the soundtrack of The Greatest Showman. They’re all jams.)
My 2018 playlist is still a work in progress, but you can find it here:
How are you planning to detox your life in 2018? Let me know in the comments below!