This summer is a better time than any to pamper your body and soul. Learn how to finally let go of stress and negative thoughts with a mindful detox this year. Mindfulness is a simple practice you can do on your own, without equipment, just by following some easy steps. Take the time to appreciate the good things in life, and avoid any negative influences. Here are five restorative ways to detox your body and mind.
Get back in touch with nature
This is a great way to detox from your fast-paced city lifestyle. Why not try getting in touch with nature with mindful forest bathing? Talk a walk alone in a wood or forest near you, and really take the time to immerse yourself. This should be a sensory experience, so try to take in all the sights, sounds, and smells. Enjoy some much needed creative rest and let the beauty of nature create awe, wonder, and peace inside of you.
The practice of forest bathing originated in Japan as a means to relieve stress and get back in touch with nature. The art of being one with the woods help you to detach yourself from everyday stress and negative stimulants.
There are plenty of tutorials online if you’ve never tried meditation before. Mediation is an important part of mental rest as it gives you a way to reflect and find calm. It only needs to take a few minutes per day and you can do it anywhere. Spend five or ten minutes trying to clear your mind, whether you do it while out walking or at home somewhere quiet. There’s really no wrong way to meditate.
Active physical rest like stretching, yoga, and light exercise is a great way to detox your body and mind. Regular exercise is proven to be good for your mental wellbeing. Why not try taking up a new hobby? You could try walking or an online stretching class. There are plenty of options. There are also lots of great fitness apps with workout videos and you can track your process or share it with friends.
If you’re trying to detox then there are certain things you need to avoid or take in moderation. This could simply mean learning how to sober up and cutting down on alcohol or smoking. It could also refer to saying no to people who create a toxic environment for you.
Learning how to say no is detox practice in itself for those of us who are people-pleasers. It’s important not to succumb to social pressures and take some time for self-care instead. Think about spending a day or just an evening alone and try to appreciate your own company.
Sometimes switching off your devices for a few hours is a great way to detox your body and mind. Spend more time on face-to-face interactions, or doing something different. You could try taking up a creative hobby or reading a book. These are some simple ways you can clear your mind and avoid negative influence.
Live more mindfully and detox your body and mind this summer. You’ll feel a lot more positive.