The holiday season is always a frenetic time — everyone is feeling more alive than they have in months but also overwhelmed with year-end work and holiday activities.
This is why the winter months are a great time to reset and cast off the heavy winter doldrums.
Living in Southern California, I don’t experience as much of a seasonal change as other parts of the country, but working in cities across the U.S., I begin to feel that weightiness myself sometimes. So what do I do to reset when the cold months set in?
Here are some of my favorite ways to rejuvenate during a long winter.
This doesn’t just imply that you should just take up this year’s diet trend — detoxing is a whole body/mind/spirit process that helps you clear the cobwebs.
- Eat mindfully. Winter is a great time to find yourself eating unhealthy foods in excess, usually starting now and then creeping through till Valentine’s Day. Consciously try to choose foods that will support your organs and tissues, allowing them to flush away the accumulation of toxins and excess fat that winter often encourages. Each time you go to eat something, decide if a) you’re really hungry b) if it’s the best choice you could be making and c) if you’re eating too much of that food. This practice alone can cut back on your calorie intake and help you take pause when you reach for that candy bar.
- Drink enough water. According to org, “The human body is more than 60 percent water. Blood is 92 percent water, the brain and muscles are 75 percent water, and bones are about 22 percent water.” Dehydration, even in its most mild forms, can not only affect tissue performance, but also the body’s ability to flush out toxins and waste.
- Breathe. It may seem ridiculous reminding you to do something that your body takes care of for you, but taking deep, slow breaths every now and then can help slow your mind, deliver much-needed oxygen to your tissues and bring about an overall sense of well-being.
- Move around. If you’re used to taking the bus or subway, consider walking to work (if it’s within a reasonable distance). Or use your lunch break to go for a stroll, rather than catching up on your Instagram or Twitter. You’ll feel refreshed and your body and mind will be able to unload some of the stress and baggage you’ve been carrying around.
Have questions or a favorite “mindset cleaning” activity? Please share!