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A rejuvenating two-week plan will leave you happier, healthier and full of energy.Day 1Mind: Try a mental detoxSet your alarm clock for 15 minutes earlier than normal. Get out of bed and sit down with a pen and a journal. Put pen to paper and write uncensored and without stopping until 15 minutes is up. You can put all your negativity, worries and doubt down on paper. You'll be amazed at how differently the day goes.Body: Drink lemon waterCleanse your system with warm lemon water. As soon as you wake up squeeze half a lemon into a cup of hot water then drink all of it before you eat anything else. This will give you a burst of vitamin C.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 2

 

Mind: Stop belittling yourself

If you usually put yourself down try to be more appreciative of yourself instead. Be proud you have mustered the courage to follow this plan. Take that courage with you as you go about your day.

Body: Stop drinking coffee

Caffeine is a stimulant and highly addictive so it is important to wean yourself off it. You may experience headaches, fatigue and irritability as you detox so drink lots of water to flush out your system and do some exercise to boost endorphins. When you feel like a coffee reach for peppermint tea instead.

 

Day 3

Mind: Get moving

Being active will improve your mood, boost your body confidence and revitalize you. It also revs up your metabolism, curbs cravings and helps increase your mental focus.

Body: Take some exercise

Go for a brisk walk or put on your favorite music and dance around your kitchen. Jump up and down on a mini trampoline or chill out with some yoga. Find a type of exercise you love and have fun doing. If you can, make it something that doesn't require you to rearrange your day too much to fit it in.

 

Day 4

Mind: Be grateful

The negatives in your life may not go away today but take five minutes to focus on the things you're grateful for. Make a list of 10 things in your life you appreciate. Think about what is going well and the people you love.

Body: Drink water

Try drinking a glass 15 minutes before your next meal. Often your hunger signal is actually just your body trying to tell you that you're thirsty. Filtered water is best.

 

Day 5

Mind: Avoid distractions

Try to eat one meal without any distractions: no TV, no radio, no computer, no texting. Do nothing but put it in your mouth, chew, taste and swallow. Put down your fork between bites and if you're feeling really adventurous try chewing each bite 50 or 100 times.

Body: Use coconut oil

Coconut oil is believed to have many healing properties. Research has shown it to improve heart health and support a healthy metabolism. It also promotes skin elasticity, relieves dryness and reduces inflammation.

 

Day 6

Mind: Time to relax

Take time to do nothing. Add a few drops of lavender oil to a hot bath, put on some calming music, light a few candles, soak and relax.

Body: Simplify your eating

Keep things simple today. Forget fancy recipes and eat real, fresh, wholesome, life-giving food. Radishes, broccoli, sprouts, mango, kale and salad should be on the menu.

A calming bath will help you to relax

 

Day 7

 

Mind: Detox your environment

 

Take a look around at your living space. Are mounds of dust piling up in your hallway? Does your fridge need a clear out? It's time to get cleaning. When your environment is clean and organised your thoughts will be clear and focused too.

 

Body: Try nettle leaf tea

 

Herbalists have long used nettles in teas and infusions. The plant is said to brighten the whites of the eyes, give skin a healthy glow and make hair shinier. Whittard's Nettle, Fennel & Peppermint Herbal Infusion, £3.95 (whittard.co.uk) is delicious.

Day  8

Mind: Look after your relationships

Friends, family, parents, children, co-workers and neighbours - how you deal with others is how you deal with yourself. Healthy relationships support you and make you feel you're not alone. Healing a difficult relationship is far more beneficial to your wellbeing than any amount of spinach you eat.

Body: Eat mindfully

In the past week you have learned how to slow down and eat to actually taste your food. Continue to make it a practice every day to eat slowly and to notice when you are full.

Day 9

Mind: Pamper yourself

Do something to pamper yourself tonight. You may have many things that normally come ahead of you on your priority list but for today plan on putting yourself first. Take time to treat your hair to some deep conditioning using Aveda's Damage Remedy Intensive Restructuring Treatment, £23.50 (0800 054 2979).

Body: Bathroom blitz

Using chemical-heavy products can result in dry skin, sensitivity and blemishes. Do a bathroom cleanse and read the labels on your products as you would the labels on food to discover what is in them.

Day 10

Mind: Quieten your mind

Thinking too much can lead to stress and anxiety. One of the best ways to manage stress is to learn to quieten your mind. Take time to sit quietly for 15 minutes. Observe your thoughts and your reaction. Visualise the thoughts in front of you and consciously let them go.

Body: Moving meditation

One of the ways to prepare for meditation is through movement. Before meditating lie down and tighten your feet and calves for five seconds, then release. Next tighten your feet, calves and bottom, then release. Move up your body until you've tightened and released all the muscles from your feet to your head. Now relax and start your meditation.

Day 11

Mind: Appreciate your body

Think about the parts of your body you love such as your curves or your collarbones. Appreciate your body's strength and the amazing things it does. Your lungs breathe for you and your heart beats even while you sleep!

Body: Get vitamin D

Most of us spend our days inside working and when the sun does come out we avoid it because of the risk of skin cancer. Spend 10 to 15 minutes in the sun in the middle of the day. In winter take vitamin D supplements.

Day 12

Mind: Treat yourself

Do something that will make you happy. Plant some flowers or start a herb garden. Watch a classic movie or go for a walk with a friend. Light some candles and read a really good book.

Body: Drink aloe

Aloe is believed to improve your immune system and help with digestive issues. Try adding a tablespoon of Maximum Strength Aloe Vera Juice Drink, £11.55 (hollandandbarrett.com) into a smoothie or your favourite freshly squeezed juice.

Day 13

 

Mind: Express yourself

 

Do something creative today. Redecorate a room, dress up or write poetry. Try to find a way to express yourself that makes you happy.

Body: Balance acidity

Consuming sugar, alcohol, grains, coffee, fizzy drinks, cheese and meat can lead to high acidity in your body. Balance this with alkaline foods such as dark leafy greens, seaweed and sprouts.

Day  14

Mind: Try visualisation

Practise visualisation. Picture yourself in a beautiful place where you feel safe and protected. It could be by the ocean or in the woods. Feel a sense of calm and know you can come back to the image at any time.

Body: Drink more tea

If your body no longer craves coffee why go back to it? Drink herbal teas instead as they contain anti-oxidants and are rich in vitamins B and C. More than 1,500 different varieties exist so start exploring different types.