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Toxins are not only in the air we breathe and the food we eat but also in our mental environment. Mental and emotional toxicity is harder to identify but certainly exists, especially now that technology plays such a role in so many people’s lives. Fall is the perfect time to cleanse not only your body but also your mind. 

VEBA Resource Center’s Holistic Practitioner, Dr. V, offers three tips on detoxing the mind to get rid of bad thoughts and replace them with positive energy, leading to mental rejuvenation.

Start integrating these three tips into your life to help detox your mental state and purify your mind. 

Organize Your Life: Fall is the transition into the winter season — hibernation season. Try to close out your unfinished projects before the end of the year and winter sets in. Take a look at the upcoming months and create a schedule that will help you and your family stay on track the rest of the year. Knowing where to focus your energy will help you keep a clear mind.

Practice Letting Go: First write down a list of things to let go of such as pain, self-sabotaging thoughts, unhealthy eating or poor lifestyle behaviors. These topics don’t support a healthy, thriving lifestyle and will hold you back — preventing the new, healthier version of you from sprouting.  

After you have written the list of what you need to eliminate, create a new list with all that you want to bring into your life. These can be things like thoughts, actions, new behaviors, morning routines, exercise actions, fresh food choices, etc. By writing down what you want in your life, you have taken the first step to replacing the negative with positive.

Create Time for Self Care: Sometimes life seems crazy. Fall is the time to slow down and integrate self-care routine to nourish longevity and health. Make yourself a priority. Schedule one- or two-minute morning meditations, relaxations or stretches. Start the day in peace with relaxing music. Schedule 30-minutes of “me time” and try to do something just for you. 

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