Being at your best is extremely hard when you’re battling illness, fatigue, exhaustion, and discomfort. Yet, for many of us feeling bloated, sluggish and irritable has become our default mode. We have become so accustomed to stress, bad food, bad posture and spending more time in the concrete jungle than the natural world that we can overlook the toxifying effect that our lifestyles can have on our wellbeing.
From causing us to lose sleep to make us drink too much to force ourselves to wind down, the frantic pace of 2020 living could be slowly killing us, even when we’re killing it in the boardroom.
Here are 5 ways to cleanse and rejuvenate your body and mind…
Inflammation is your body’s natural response to pain, injury, and stress. It is supposed to help your body heal and target injured parts of the body. But in today’s fast-paced world where stressors lie around every corner, our inflammatory response can run rampant and is at the root of many of our most deadly chronic diseases including heart disease, hypertension and some forms of cancer.
Avoiding stress and knowing how to deal with it effectively are key to fighting inflammation. It also behooves you to…
Clean up your diet
The allure of convenient processed foods is completely understandable… but it can add to the toxins that your liver and kidneys are already working overtime to filter out of your body, as well as actively contributing to inflammation. You need to try and get more fresh fruit and veggies into your diet and load up on antioxidant-rich foods like berries, leafy greens, leeks, onions, and garlic.
By rule of thumb, eat more plants and less of everything else, and avoid processed and ready-made foods which are high in calories but low in nutrients.
Take a tech detox
Life goes by so much faster when you spend every waking moment with your face in a screen. But the blue light from your phone screen can affect you in a range of unhealthy ways, from making it harder for you to fall asleep to exacerbating stress levels and even causing weight gain.
Take a tech detox next weekend and spend a little more time with nature. You may be surprised by how rejuvenated you feel when you return.
Limit (or eliminate) alcohol
Those with stressful jobs and lifestyles often turn to a drink to relax at the end of a hard day… but on a long, enough timeline that relaxing Friday night drink can become an addiction. Many of us are unaware of just how addictive alcohol is and how long it can stay in our system, increasing our dependency on it. The same goes for illicit drugs. A drug detox center may be the perfect way to cleanse your body of toxins from drugs or alcohol. At the very least you should be taking a close look at your intake and seeking to actively reduce it.
Learn mindfulness meditation
Finally, if life seems to be moving too fast for you, there are ways in which you can slow it down. Mindfulness meditation helps you to get out of your head, engage more with the world around you and feel less like you’re stuck on a runaway train. It can be done in as little as 5 minutes a day and can really help to rejuvenate your mind.