They say too much of anything isn’t healthy. It’s a cliche but still good advice. We all have habits that might not be inherently bad by nature but the intensity we bring to them is. What are you addicted to or obsessed with? Addiction and obsession might be strong words so I’ll phrase it in a different way. Is there anything in your life that would be very hard to give up? For some it might be constantly checking an app on their phone while others can’t stay away from fast food. Personally I drink way to much soda. When I heavily cut down my sugar intake a couple years ago I had to cut out all the juices I loved. The result was that if I wanted a sugar free beverage my options were water or diet soda. (I don’t like tea or coffee) Having realized this I tried to cut down and look for alternative options. That led me to discover Powerade Zero. It has no carbs or sugar and is the closest thing to juice that I’ve found. I wouldn’t have discovered it as an option if I hadn’t tried to cut down on diet soda.
Like diet soda, the thing or behavior in question might not be inherently bad but our dependence on it is. That’s why I’m posing a challenge to all of my readers. For one week I challenge you to cut out something you rely too much on. The point of this exercise is perspective. I’m not trying to make you give up something forever but cutting it out for a week might make you realize how much you depend on it. What you may think of as a casual interest may in reality be a deeply rooted need. That’s an important realization that may lead to you make more long term changes. Like my Powerade discovery, being forced to find a substitute could lead you toward a new interest that you didn’t know was there. Some obsessions, like going to the gym, are healthy in nature. I’d still challenge you to give it up for a week. Instead try to find creative outdoor ways to get exercise. You might move a stack of firewood instead of lifting weights or find that you enjoy an early morning run. Life is like the bedroom. You’ll be much happier if you’re versatile and flexible.
Here are some suggestions of things to give up for your weekly detox:
- Video games
- The gym
- Fast food
P.S. I really don’t think marijuana is the devil but that image was too funny and amazing not to use.
P.P.S Save your anti-diet soda bullshit. I know and I don’t care.