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I’m Sabrina, a 20 year-old college student who believes that love and kindness - to yourself, your body, and others - can lead to magical things.

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The Reasons Why I'm Detoxing (& The 5 Ways I'm Doing So!)



Hi my loves! This school year has probably been one of the worst years in my history of school. Seriously. I was almost always miserable and drained of energy. Not to mention the near constant drama that I faced at home and my health issues all led to a VERY stressful and nerve-wracking year. Not only that, but I was becoming someone I couldn't even recognize anymore. I was angry and snappy and wanted absolutely nothing to do with people. I also at one point stopped caring about everything. I became numb to what was happening around me, and could only get out of that fog to think about whatever was next on the pile of stress.

It wasn't all that bad, though. I met a ton of incredible and sincerely magical people (they could be unicorns and fairies they are so rare on this planet), laughed a ton, smiled a lot, and experienced new things. Even so, my body is drained from being so overwhelmed by stress, and is in need of some love and care. So for the next month, I'm detoxing. How, you may ask?

Natural Products




I'm switching out all of my skincare products for ones that are more natural and with ingredients I recognize. I've been living for the Nourish Organics Face Cleanser lately. It does the job extremely well, which is not what I was expecting at all! I also switched out my deodorant to one that was natural and organic, and am working on finding a shampoo that my scalp will love, especially after the fail of the last shampoo I tried. I want to try a natural toothpaste too, but the idea of using a toothpaste without fluoride is kinda scary...Idk. I'm just weird 😜.

Healthy Eating

Anyone who has known me for years knows that I really believe in the power of healthy eating. Having a healthy diet can help prevent numerous diseases, and I think it is so important to be preventative and proactive rather than be reactive later down the line.

Personally, I love eating fruits and veggies to the point where I will eat salads bare, and shove handfuls of lettuce into my mouth with nothing whatsoever. Yea, it can be a little bland (by a little I mean A LOT), but I just love knowing that I'm putting good things into my body, and nourishing it to health. Bad eating practices from last semester have absolutely eroded most of that, but I'm getting back on the saddle and am shoving my face with handfuls of lettuce again. I'm ditching the greasy, fatty, and sometimes gross unhealthy food for made-at-home healthier options, save for the few treats to keep me sane and my sweet tooth happy. While I'll miss my late night runs to Burger King, I won't miss the bloating and the energy drain.

Sweat and Tone

My last real workout hasn't been since my freshman year....of high school. It's been over five years since I've made fitness a part of my life, and even though I've talked about it a few times on my blog, my couch potato heart and slow turtle body made going to the gym an impossible feat. My body is kind of screaming in retaliation now, so I'm working out from home, using a few apps to help me out. I've been loving breaking a sweat and working my body, which is currently super sore from the workouts. But it's been so helpful in melting away stress and making me feel connected to myself again. Sweating is also one of the body's ways of detoxing by getting rid of the toxins in the body. So yay for that!

No Tech Zone

Since school has ended, the need for me to be connected 24/7 has drifted away. With group projects and procrastination binges over and done with, I want to be away from tech and focus on living my life in the moment. I'm the type of person who is my best self when I'm able to have quiet time to sit and reflect on what's happened, and use that quiet time to recharge and be better than before. Being as connected to technology as I've been made it impossible to find time to even think, let alone delve into quiet solitude. With no summer classes ahead, I have so much more time to shut it all off and focus on what matters and what's important to me. I have time to pray, to journal, and to truly enjoy my online escapades whenever I do turn on my tech again. Turning off the tech is my way of detoxing the emotional gunk from my soul, and so far I feel so much lighter and like I'm able to breathe.

Journaling



Journaling is my favorite way of understanding my emotions and sorting through the craziness that tends to happen in my life. My journaling habits have died down with my increased use of technology and social media, which has not been the best thing for me, a constant and quiet reflectionist (a made up word, I know) with a need to express my thoughts and heart. I want to spend at least 15 minutes per day writing in my journal, in hopes I'll get back into a place of journaling more often.

So that's my detox process. I'm hoping that by the end of May I'll be feeling a million times better physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. Wish me luck on that (especially when it comes to ditching fast food. Old habits die hard). And if you find yourself in a place where you're not acting as you normally would and are miserable way too often, I hope my detox process will give you some ideas on how to detox on your own. Taking a break from some things that aren't all that essential or even detrimental to your being, and replacing it all with things that nourish your body, mind, and soul will almost always leave you feeling like the queen (or king for any fellas reading this) you deserve to be.

With love,









P.S. I recently wrote about this on my Instagram, and the Nourish Organics page actually reposted my pic! If there was a meter for how loudly I'm screaming internally right now, I'd be on the moon.

P.P.S. Here are some amazing articles to read when it comes to what I've mentioned above. Hopefully these articles will you more in detoxing, and in your health and wellness journey as a whole!


Fresh Food By Prescription : Fresh, healthy food as medicine for diabetes, and how amazing the results are, as well as other information that can be really eye-opening.

How Poverty Changes the Brain : Amazing article talking about stress from poverty and how that stress can impact the brain, as well as what one organization is doing to reduce that stress (although this is an amazing article from a humanity viewpoint, it has a lot of amazing points that any overly stressed out person can appreciate).

How Stress Affects Your Body: Cool video with illustration

How Stress Affects Your Brain: Another cool video with illustration

How the Food You Eat Affects Your Brain: A third cool video with illustration

Is "Digital Minimalism" the New Digital Detox?: Talks about digital detoxing, explains the intent behind it, and gives some advice.

The Ultimate Single-Day Digital Detox (Bathtub Required): Detoxing toxins and other weirdness you can get from being attached to technology all day



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