As we begin to return to our ‘new normal’, we may want to begin to focus on rebalancing.
When we hear the word ‘detox’, we automatically think of ‘juice cleanse’, ‘water’, ‘detox teas’ or even ‘cabbage diet’. ‘Detox’ is the process of either neutralising or eliminating toxins from the body. In fact, our bodies are usually adept at detoxifying without going on any extreme diets or fads, but there are some things we can do to give our body a helping hand.
You’ll have heard the familiar phrase – ‘you are what you eat’, and, simply put, your diet and lifestyle choices are crucial to achieving an overall sense of wellbeing.
Food can be healing. Eating a diet rich in leafy greens, opting for brown bread or rice, and incorporating flax and chia seeds to begin with can help. You’ll perhaps want to avoid consuming anything that is overly processed, limit your dairy intake or eliminate completely, alongside cutting back on alcohol and caffeine (yikes- we didn’t say it would be easy!) Try making a list of things you’d like to cut out, and then add more of the good stuff to your next shopping list.
Your detoxifying process could stretch to far beyond your physical body, by looking closely at ‘your world’.
Access your current space- is your environment giving off good ‘feng-sui’, or is it time to de-clutter? If you’re working from home, are there any ways you could make your office or desk space more personal and relaxing, such as placing a Himalayan salt lamp next to you? The possibilities are endless!
Getting a good nights’ sleep is vital for helping to flush out toxins and restoring your whole body.
It’ll also improve your mood and make you feel ready to take on your day. For our top tips on how to implement a strong sleep routine, read our blog, here. Don’t forget to switch off or take time away from your phone, as having a digital detox can really benefit your mind too- especially before bed.
Make sure to set some time aside for exercise too, not only is it great for the body, but the mind too.
If you’re time-poor, you could try some detoxifying yoga postures either in the morning or before bed, making sure to include a lot of twists. To begin with, start with a twisted chair pose. (If you’re new to this type of exercise, we recommend consulting with your doctor first).
Putting your feet together, bend your knees and drop your seat until your thighs are almost parallel to the ground. Spread your toes and dig into your heels for grounding. Bring your hands to heart centre and widen your elbows to lengthen your side body in Chair Pose. Twist from the navel to the right and hook your left elbow onto your thigh or knee (if your elbow doesn’t reach the leg—just twist as much as you can). As you inhale, lengthen your spine, and as you exhale, increase the twist. Hold the pose for a few deep breaths, before repeating on left side.
However you decide to ‘detox’, make sure to do more of the things you love, and less of the things which make you feel, well, not-so-good. You’re definitely worth it.