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Halfway through the Detox Challenge

I hosted a detox challenge for the month of March with 13 people, here’s how I felt!

Photo by Dalton Johnson

For this challenge, I encouraged those joining me to choose one negative influence in their lives that has seemingly taken over. My thought process was that this influence was typically something they relied on or gravitated towards when feelings of stress, frustration, or sadness arose.

Since we chose to remove a negative influence for the challenge, I also encouraged everyone to adopt a positive habit to pick up as well. The goal here was to replace our coping mechanisms with more positive and sustainable habits instead. 

I personally decided to remove alcohol from my life for the month of March and replace it with a meditation practice. I have found that when I feel uncomfortable in social situations or frustrated after a long day, I tend to reach for a beer or glass of wine. So far I have felt a large shift in the way I feel mentally, physically, and emotionally. Without alcohol I feel more mental clarity, energy, emotional stability and an overall lightness.  Side Note: Since writing this post, I have had a couple alcoholic drinks for St. Paddy’s day and noticed repercussions with lower energy and a lingering sadness after.

Here is a break down of how I felt halfway through the challenge:

Pro’s

Cons

Why others joined the challenge:

“I needed a reset in my life.”

“I want to start my birthday off strong and feel motivated.”

“I am fresh home from vacation and needed a reset to start off the new month.”

“I want to be more intentional and consistent in my personal life.”

“Work has created burnout, I could use a reset to put more focus on myself.”

“I want to take my goals and self to the next level.”

I want to create routine and more positivity in my life.”

Have you ever completed a challenge like this? How did you feel after? Would you take the challenge again? Let me know in the comments below!

I will be hosting another challenge like this come June. Stay tuned for the announcement!!

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