The happiness detox is a challenge I created after watching Hungry For Change and Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead. I combined my knowledge of Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and it’s four modules of Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness, Crisis Intervention, and Emotion Regulation. I use the word “detox” on purpose because this isn’t a diet. It’s a 90-day challenge that is characterized to improve your mind, body, and spirit. This is a detox from bad habits, negative thoughts, mindlessness, and a strategy to get to know yourself more intimately. It’s a very personalized practice and I suggest you take your time figuring out what exactly you want to see change, and of course I will be there to guide you along the way.
I’ve been practising wellness since I was fourteen-years-old. I was admitted to hospital for psychiatric care and attended several long-term inpatient mental health institutions until I was twenty. Throughout this time I spent seasons inside four walls and as you can probably guess things could get little boring. This is when I started to bring my yoga practice into my daily life. I began meditating every day and living an Ahimsa (non-harming) vegan lifestyle. I gave up technology for months and learned how to turn my focus inwards. I was going through multiple treatments and intensive therapy with several doctors who tried to help make my disability manageable but the one thing I noticed throughout the several years of inpatient was the lift and ease I felt when I was focussing on my wellness practices.
I’m from Canada and I believe heavily in a combination of both western and eastern medication. I suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) which came along with co-occupant disorders (all of which are now in remission) such as Bulimia Nervosa, and Drug and Alcohol Addiction. I am happy to say that I found a perfect median between these two types of treatment. With the mindfulness and self-awareness of eastern medicine and the medication and resources from western medicine, I recovered from my co-occupant disorders. I don’t sit on one side of the fence or the other when it comes to the competition between the east and the west because both types of treatment are essential in recovery and maintaining functioning with disabilities.
I’ve made a ninety (90) day detox for a healthier body, mind, and spirit. You don’t have to have a disability to join the detox…you don’t even have to have the flu! If you want to improve your quality of life then I invite you to embark on this journey with me. All practices are customizable to suit your best needs and the main goal of this entire detox is to improve your quality of life. As individuals, some of the things I put in the guidelines won’t be suited for your personal needs so I encourage you to customize them to your body. However, don’t take shortcuts if you know in the long-run a certain practice will help your quality of life.
The average CEO reads 60 books per year! You may not be an entrepreneur but I challenge you to pick up a book and start reading. Try and make a goal that suits your lifestyle from reading for fifteen minutes a day to reading a book per week! Reading social media doesn’t count but newspapers, kindle, and paperback books are all great resources to open the mind and get you thinking more clearly. Many people who struggle with depression and anxiety are writers because it’s an outlet for them to express how they feel and it helps them articulate how they’re feeling. Reading is actually the best way to improve your writing so not only will you be improving your peace of mind but you will also be improving your writing.
Telling you to go for a run, walk, or attend some type of fitness class in the first week of the challenge is a bit much, especially if you are in the depths of your depression and find even getting out of bed to be a chore. So instead I challenge you to go outside, open the blinds, and open your window (depending on temperature). Spring is on its way and the sun powerfully affects our emotional state by producing Vitamin D which helps the production the happy chemical of serotonin within our brains. By taking the time to go outside, you’re taking the time to care about yourself and you’re practising self-care. I challenge you to be mindful of what the air feels like and the quality of light. You can count the sounds you hear, meditate, stretch, go for a walk, go for a run, or just sit outside for a little bit.
Make a Goal:
Nourishing the spirit is one of the best ways to help the beginning of your journey to a better self. This week I challenge you to find comfort in a higher power. A “higher power” can be shown throughout several religions, but you don’t have to be religious to participate in this part of the challenge. All you need to do is create a goal…be it a state of mind, happiness, a goal at work or school, a social goal, or anything that has significant importance to you and your journey. You came here for a reason right? What was it?