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How to Detox Your Life

How to Detox Your Life

 

Yogic texts have been saying it for centuries– the mind, spirit, and body is connected— if one is out of balance our entire unit is thrown off kilter. In India the gurus and practitioners would use kriya yoga to cleanse the mind of toxins, use asana practice to release the issues in the tissues, and eat a satvic diet to keep the body clear and functioning optimally.

In today’s society (like in the blackstone lodge canmore ab)– we are not equipped with such practices– although we probably need them more than ever. We are constantly fed with the unrealistic expectations of the media, environmental pollution, and intense stresses of the infamous double day (full time mother plus full time job, etc).

Below is a series of practices you can do to purge your mind, body, and spirit into a state of optimal rebalance:

Detox Your Environment:

Zen buddhists believe the state of your environment affects your mind. So if your office space is messy, with crumpled paper, and misplaced files; it’s no surprise if your mind will also be a mess too! Start off by purging any paperwork you don’t need, and organizing your tools into compartments, so it’s easier to sort through what you need. You’ll not only save time, you’ll save energy which you can invest into greater productivity. You can also do a qucik pickup of your house for some more headspace.

Meditation for Detox:

Meditation is the best way to slow down your mind, grant clarity, and soften/understand tumultuous emotions. It’s scientifically proven, meditation de-stresses our minds, and sets us on the right path for the day. Start by sitting in the morning for five minutes, and watching your breath. When your mind strays, notice your thoughts, but don’t attach to the story. Come back to your breath, and continue. Once you can sit through five minutes effortlessly, slowly increase your sequence. I sit for twenty minutes each morning, and find the ritual sets me up for success for the rest of the day.

Detox Diet Cleanse:

When are body is cleansed of toxins, we are brought back into balance. If our bodies are not balanced, our minds and/or spirits will also be thrown off, and we won’t live full of vitality. I don’t recommend not eating or only drinking fluids, if you have hormonal problems or weak adrenals, this act will only wreck havoc on your system. Start by eating whole foods, and cutting all chemicals, wheat, diary, processed foods out of your diet. If you are familiar with the Wild Rose Diet, I’d highly recommend. Eat lots of whole grain rice, lean organic fish/meats, organic fruits/vegetables, and almonds. The first couple days might be hard, but once you break through the tipping point, you’ll feel absolutely fantastic!

 

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Tips for preventing stress

Have you ever felt your heart beat faster than normal, an uncontrollable shaky feeling, hot and cold at once, sick to your stomach, and an unbearable amount of worries…

Chances are you live a fast-paced life or deal with a lot of stress. Stress is a normal part of life but too much can be dangerous for your health.  A great amount of stress can weaken your immune system, fill you with rage, and make you a victim of anxiety. Anxiety is a source of fear. Life is pretty stressful and some anxiety is not a bad thing for most people. But when it gets overwhelming it can become a problem that might affect your mood, health, and even prevent you from doing everyday things. Stress that’s not dealt with correctly can lead to chronic stress, which will definitely take a toll on your body and overall health.

There are many things you can do to prevent stress from taking over your life…

1. Breathe.

Sometimes you just have to stop worrying about the world and take a moment to breathe. Take 5 minutes a day to close your eyes, inhale deep through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Deep breaths send oxygen to your brain and cause a relaxed feeling throughout your body.

2. Vent.

Find someone you feel comfortable talking with whether it’s a family member, a friend or life partner and just let it all out. Sometimes talking about whatever your source of stress is can be enough to stop worrying and move past it. Sometimes people hate sharing their worries or fears with others so they hire someone to listen, that’s why therapists are still in business.

3. Meditate.

Meditation is pretty much a way to stop concentrating so much about everyday situations you can’t control and let positive energy flow through your body. It takes great practice to completely clear your mind and let energy flow, but there’s many websites and resources to help you out. Yoga is also great technique to help with breathing and concentration.

4. Go for a run.

Exercise helps reduce your blood pressure, which can become elevated with overwhelming stress. Your heart is a muscle, when you workout your heart needs to pump blood faster to help increase your oxygen intake. Not eating too much sugar and processed food can also help reduce stress.

5. Be thankful.

If you’re dealing with a lot of stress at work, school or any situation it might be difficult to slow down and forget your stress factors. It’s a good tip to think of at least one thing your thankful for every day. Being alive is something no one should take for granted. It also helps to realize there’s well over six billion people populating our earth, which means there’s someone out there with worse problems than your own…

Got any tips for dealing with stress you’d like to share? Comment below 🙂