So me finally sitting down to create this website / blog happens to coincide with the conclusion of my three-day juice cleanse, courtesy of BluePrintCleanse. Coincidence? I think not. While my initial motivation for ordering the cleanse (the fifth or so time I’ve done it) was to detox and “reboot” my system so I can start over healthy after a period of (much enjoyed) over-indulgence, this time I cleansed with a focus on not only my body, but also my mind. The stress and anxiety of my day-to-day existence had become overwhelming for me. It was clear I needed downtime to myself to truly do nothing – no housework, no work-work, no errands … just to sit and be and relax. The ability to do something so “luxurious” is rare, but was clearly needed.
Now I’m not looking for sympathy, I know there are so many people who deal with challenges and levels of stress far greater than mine. But I knew I had to take the time to recognize that the uber-fast pace of life and the accompanying anxiety I felt was not healthy and I had to do something to reduce my stress levels (with something other than wine). And the only person who is going to do something to fix me is … me.
So my friends, I am cleansing. I drank the juices, planned some healthy meals for the week, and am focusing on how I can be healthier in mind, body and spirit. I vow to reduce my work hours, exercise more, take time to do something ridiculous like read a book (hell, I’ll even take a magazine these days). All of this – and not feel guilty about it. This weekend got me off to a good start – I slept, rested and took the time to breathe. Hopefully there will be more weekends like this to come.