Going low tox is not only about removing toxic substances and chemicals from your environment, it's also about removing mental toxins from your sphere in order to live a happy and healthy life.
Being happy and healthy can be a challenge when you're in a toxic environment. A toxic environment can be anything from an unhealthy relationship or a negative work atmosphere to self-esteem issues or a lack of self-care.
Whatever the cause, it's important to recognize the signs of a toxic environment and to make sure you're taking steps to remove yourself from the situation or to change it into a positive and non-toxic one.
So, what is a toxic environment, how does it affect your health, and what can you do to fix it?
A toxic environment is any place or any behavior that causes harm to your physical and mental health, happiness, and wellbeing. If you're surrounded by people who make you feel small and insecure or bad about yourself, you might be in a toxic environment.
If you feel a physical weight every time you walk into your workplace, you could very well be in a toxic environment. You could be in a toxic environment if your boss constantly verbally abuses you at work, or if your partner has a way of manipulating you and lowering your self-esteem.
You could even be creating a toxic environment for yourself at home by neglecting to keep your living space tidy, not taking the time to recycle and take care of the planet, or not caring for yourself by taking the time to relax with a book and a cup of tea.
It's important to recognize when you're in a toxic environment and to understand why they can be so detrimental to your physical and mental health. Mental and emotional stresses can cause physical responses, such as increased heart rate, inability to process food properly, immune dysfunction, gut health problems, inability to recover and aches and pains.
These physical reactions to toxic environments or relationships can have long-term negative effects on your health, mental health, and risk for drug, alcohol and food abuse.
Furthermore, the stress of a toxic environment can cause someone to turn to drugs or alcohol to self-medicate.
So, how do you cleanse a toxic environment? The solution will depend on your situation and what is causing the toxicity.
If it's external, like a bad relationship or workplace, you may be able to remove yourself from the situation and quickly feel the positive effects.
If the toxicity is coming from your own behavior, like negative self-talk or avoidance, you'll need to work on making your behavior more positive and fulfilling. You might find that cleansing your home of negative energy by decluttering, letting more light in, and rearranging or redecorating is helpful.
It's important to recognize when you're in a toxic environment and to take the necessary steps to remove yourself from it and to live a happy, healthy life.