9 Signs You’re In Need of a Lifestyle Detox

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Feeling tired, irritable and stressed? While we know these are signs of something being wrong, there are other more subtle and unexpected ways our bodies tell us we’re in need of a break, whether it’s a physical break (think holiday to the beach) or a mental break (some alone time, or perhaps meditation).

Here are 9 signs to look out for.

1. You’re no longer taking joy in the little things

This is a biggie. It could be your morning coffee ritual, a walk with your dog, or playing with your kids – if these things make you feel flat or numb, where once they gave you joy, it’s a sign something is wrong.

2. Your appetite has changed

Craving salty or sugary foods? Double portions of carbonara? Or maybe your appetite has completely gone, and food no longer brings you pleasure. These are all indications that your emotional state is out of balance.

3. The little things bother you

Constant irritation is a classic sign that something’s wrong. You sweat the small stuff, and even minor things become a huge issue.

While there’s a biochemical reason for this, it also indicates you’re not getting your needs met on an emotional level. Taking time out is essential to identify what’s really going on.

4. You’re using food as an emotional soother

Eating is essential for fuel to survive and thrive, and there’s no doubt it’s one of life’s great pleasures.

But many people turn to food as a habit, like checking Facebook, biting nails or fidgeting, or to cover up feelings with emotional – or compulsive – eating.

5. You can’t concentrate

Ahh procrastination – while we all do it from time to time, if you’re constantly daydreaming or finding excuses not to complete tasks, you need to take a break.

Refreshing your mental and physical wellbeing will get you back on track and firing on all cylinders.

6. You’re not getting good sleep

This is a big one. When you’re in a heightened state of anxiety, or hyper-vigilance as it’s sometimes referred to, good-quality sleep is nearly impossible to achieve.

Your mind will be overworked and overthinking; things that kill a good night’s rest.

7. You dread going to work

This could be a sign you’re either generally stressed and overwhelmed, or, more importantly, you’re not doing what you truly love. Think about it.

8. You’re not motivated

So, you’ve started a new activity or commitment, you’ve hit your first obstacle, and you’re ready to quit right now. Sound familiar?

If your motivation is disappearing, it’s a big indication that something’s amiss.

9. You’re avoiding your friends

If you’ve suddenly gone from social butterfly to stay-at-home-in-your-jammies hermit, it’s a sign you’re isolating yourself, usually from stress or anxiety.