Out With the Old, In With the New


Written By: Danielle James @danielleeejames

Cleanses are hugely trendy. From the juice cleanse that’s supposed to clean out your internal organs to the hugely popular “social media cleanse” that appears in almost every self-care article, we are encouraged to periodically cleanse our lives of all toxins.

Removing toxic people and habits from your life can drastically improve your mental health and quality of life. But the pressed juices and the day off Twitter won’t really help you in the long run. If you want to make lasting change, you need to look deeper and make more lasting changes.


These three simple acts of cleansing will help you create lasting, positive change in your life that will last long after that last bottle of juice.

  1. Deep clean your social media profiles. Beyond just taking a day off, go through everyone that you follow. If that person’s feed makes you feel any sort of resentment, anger, jealousy, etc. unfollow them! If you have old pictures with people who have hurt you or brought more negativity than positivity into your life, delete them! You get to curate what you show to the world, so let go of those sour memories.

  2. Start journaling or meditating daily. This is a daily way to reflect on what you’re feeling and experiencing and once it becomes a daily habit, you might be able to track unhealthy habits and take steps to correct them. This daily reflection allows you to leave what might have gone wrong in a day behind and go to sleep free from the weight of the day.

  3. For one week, drink nothing but water. We consume so much sugar through our drinks, be it coffee, energy drinks, or alcohol, and processed sugar is so, so bad for you. It’s addictive and often makes you overeat without noticing. By limiting your sugar intake and increasing how much water you drink, you’ll help your digestive system, your skin, and your brain (Ever had a sugar headache? Not fun!)

Changing a few habits in your daily life can have a significant impact on your quality of life. Finding a way to cleanse your mind, body, and spirit will give you the freedom to move on in life and reach your full potential.