Our health and well-being depends on how well we take care of ourselves. Reckless diets, harmful lifestyle habits, and the daily stress and strain of our work lives take a heavy toll on our health.
Drugs, alcohol and smoking can land even a young 20-something in a rehab clinic. What do you think happens in such clinics which promise to get your life and body back on track?
Trained and experienced professionals wean you off harmful addictions and try to rectify the damage done to the body and mind, and there, ‘detox’ has become the new mantra of health and fitness marketers.
But to give your body a thorough and effective cleansing you do not need to resort to expensive treatment or therapy. A few small changes in your lifestyle and diet are all that are required to restore the delicate balance of your inner and outer selves.
Let’s see how you can remain healthy and ‘detoxed’ the year round.
Write down What Matters
There are many things that worry and depress us. It could be your boss from hell, your daughter’s poor grades, strained love relationship or your hyper-hectic life.
Whatever it is, write it down and make a plan to overcome or improve it. Keep your resolve and work towards it sincerely.
Once you are aware of your deeper needs it will be easier to address your issues and work towards betterment, which is what detox is all about.
The benefits of water are many, and it need not come in the form of exotic green smoothies or vegetable juices. Drinking water as soon as you wake up will refresh and rejuvenate your internal organs.
Experts recommend 4 glasses of water as soon as you wake up. It cleanses your colon and increases the intake of nutrients. It livens up your skin cells and improves skin quality.
When we sleep there is moisture loss from our body, which leads to mild dehydration by morning. Replenishing this moisture puts your system back on track.
Fitness gurus say that you should ideally not consume any food or morning beverage like coffee or tea for at least half an hour after drinking water.
In the beginning four glasses of water on empty stomach may seem like a lot. You can start with lesser quantity and gradually increase your intake.
Calm Your Mind
This might seem tough; especially if you have young children who have to be packed off to school in the morning. But spare some time for yourself and spend time doing something you love.
Tending to your garden, reading scriptures/religious books or just relaxing with a hot cup of coffee early in the morning can give you the necessary time to regroup yourself for a hectic day.
Also, make it a point to not think about or focus on any unhappy incident that happened. Painful memories, regrets and guilt are not the best companions to start your day with.
Plan for the day, be thankful for what you have and promise yourself that you will be happy and peaceful today. If you are strict with yourself and follow a good morning routine, you will realize that the power and the hold of negative emotions over you are weakening, and you are more in control of your feelings.
Flushing out negativity from your system is a very important step towards attaining holistic health and well-being.
Take Care of Your Looks
Being happy about the way you look influences your well-being profoundly. If you have unkempt hair, messy makeup and dowdy clothes on then the chances of feeling great are really slim.
Regular visits to the parlor will ensure that your skin and hair are well taken care of.
Whatever your gender it is important that you take care of your physical appearance.
Purge your closet periodically and get rid of unfit and old clothes. Do not hold on to things that you no longer need. Buy clothes that ‘you’ like, not what your boyfriend/girlfriend likes, and enjoy dressing up for work each day.
An inexpensive wardrobe will allow you frequent and trendy buys. Team up your clothes with nice accessories to really love how you look.
If you look good you will feel more confident about going out, meeting new people and exploring different opportunities.
What you eat defines what you are. There are no hard and fast rules regarding what you should eat to stay healthy and glowing.
Anything in moderation is safe for you. Alcohol and wine are not harmful if you limit to one or two drinks a day, but smoking is a big no-no.
The dangerous effects of smoking are well-documented and can cause irreversible damage to your mind and body.
Vegan diet is the new detox diet. There are no scientifically proven benefits for veganism over meat-eating diets, but plant-based foods are easier to digest and contain lesser quantities of preservatives and chemicals.
If planning vegetarian meals is a tough task for you then there are many vegan diet meal delivery plans available locally that can help you eat hearty, healthy and easy. Weekly deliveries will make it possible to stick to detoxing vegan meals every single day of the week.
Most of us love our meat and sea-food, so try go vegan for a couple of weeks or a month to see if it is for you.
Value Your Time
We get paid for the time we spend at our workplace, but how many of us bother about the hours we spend away from work or at home.
A few years down the lane when we look back what we care about will not be the hours spent in our cubicle, but the time we spent with our loved ones.
Ensure you enjoy your kids’ childhood. Play with them and limit the screen time in your family.
Spending time with children has a calming effect on our minds. They bring out love, positivity and creativity in adults. They help you reconnect with the happier, younger you that was lost as you raced ahead in your life and career.
But face it, there are many of us who find it next to impossible to find time for kids, and easily get bored playing house. But would you not do it if it were a part of your detox routine?
Spend two hours of quality time with your child/children every week and see the wonders it does for your relationship and happiness.
Detox does not mean a calorific effort alone. You need to flush out the toxins in your body as well as your mind. You can keep the above tips in mind and work out your own detox plan.