Well that was fun wasn’t it? It’s been a highly charged emotional month for myself and many of my clients. Whether or not you got caught up in the swirling emotions it’s hard to ignore the news feed of Facebook from funny but not so funny memes to downright messages of fear it’s hard not to subconsciously take in the heavy emotions.
Now more than ever do we as emotional, spiritual and physical beings need to pay attention to what we put into our bodies. I don’t just mean what we physically put into our bodies but also what we are feeding our spirits. What we actually allow into our physical space, eyes, ears and hearts. I don’t know about you but I feel like I need a spiritual, emotional and physical detox.
During the first two weeks of November I realized something was affecting my spirit and my health. The more I fell down the Facebook rabbit hole the more helpless I felt. The more I read the negative rhetoric the angrier I felt. The angrier I felt the less I slept, the more I ate junk, the more hopeless I felt. I knew it was time to take and emotional and spiritual detox. The food piece would come naturally when I regained my balance or as some like to call it my spiritual condition. If you are a “sensitive” like me you may want to join me in this self-care detox.
These are my top 10 tips to emotional, physical and spiritual detox.
1. Start your day with warm water and lemon.
There is evidence that drinking water, especially lemon water, first thing in the morning can help maintain a healthy weight. Researchers in Germany concluded that drinking adequate amounts of water increased metabolism by 30 % in both men and women.
After drinking approximately 17 ounces of water, the subjects’ metabolic rates — or the rate at which calories are burned — increased by 30% for both men and women. The increases occurred within 10 minutes of water consumption and reached a maximum after about 30 to 40 minutes. (source)
2. Switch your coffee to half decalf.
We know that caffeine increases your stress hormone Cortisol. Chronic elevated levels of cortisol lead to depression, immune system depletion, poor sleep and ultimately poor food choices. For more information about cortisol check out my video here: cortisol and your health
3. Start your day off with a significant dose of protein.
Protein helps us with focus and alertness, helps us to balance our blood sugar and weight loss. Some suggestions would be Greek yogurt and berries, cottage cheese and pineapple, 2-eggs and fruit salad.
One study in women showed that increasing protein intake from 15 to 30% of total calories helped them eat 441 fewer calories per day. They also lost 11 pounds (5 kg) in just 12 weeks (Source).
4. Make one healthy crock pot meal on the weekend so that you have a go too when you’re tired and hungry.
This will save your bacon when you get home from a particularly stressful day and you just don’t want to cook. It will also help prevent you from grabbing straight up carbs which will affect your mood and energy. Here is my favorite recipe from Super Healthy Kids.com.
5. Clean up your social media news feed.
Of course I don’t want to tell you what to do and only you know what works for you and what doesn’t. I know when I challenged myself to avoid all drama for one day I felt so much better. Honestly I could not believe the difference. I unfollowed some fiercely political posters, I vowed not to read the comment sections on divisive posts and I just left Facebook alone for a while. My body thanked me for it by feeling more at peace, less fearful and more empowered.
6. Watch more comedy.
There is this wonderful thing that happens when we belly laugh. Laughter triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain.
7. Meet with friends and collect phones at the door.
Don’t worry social media will be there when you get home. Enjoy connection, hugs, playful banter. Make a pact to stay away from emotionally charged conversation. (perhaps make a game out of it. Instead of having a swear jar have a “no politics” jar). Play a game together that facilitates laughter. A good ol’ game of Pictionary won’t cost you anything and might just create gales of belly laughs. Winner takes home the “no politics” jar.
8. Bundle up and get outside.
Walking in the cold stimulates calorie-burning brown fat. Brown fat is heat producing and calorie burning fat. So walking not only can enhance your mood but it also enhances your metabolism! It’s a win win 🙂
9. Create a gratitude challenge.
Every morning write out or make a mental gratitude list. To make this more interesting make sure you include some of your own fantastic qualities. We all have them. We were born with gifts. Every one of us has a gift. Maybe you are a good listener, good friend, good appreciator of music. We know that gratitude makes us happier people. Start playing the, “Wouldn’t it be nice if” game instead of the, “Wouldn’t it be awful if” game.
10. Buy yourself a special comfort gift at least once a month.
A few of my favorite comforts are : cozy PJ’s, soft blankets, lavender essential oils, flowers, a new soft bath towel, fluffy slippers, “Chicken Soup for The Soul” books, smelly soaps made from essential oils. Some of my favorite places in the east end sell wonderful non-toxic soaps are: Sweet Pea Soap Company and Vitality Pharmacy.
Go forth my sisters and create more peace in your life. Your body mind and spirit will thank you for it.
Lots of love,