How To Detox Your Body And Mind After The Holidays
Are you feeling burnt out from all the holiday cheer?
The winter break brings with it an opportunity to connect with our families and loved ones while indulging in delectable food and fun events. However, the chaos that is associated with this time can be a little overwhelming for even the most high-spirited amongst us. Moreover, heavy meals and lack of sleep can adversely affect our metabolism and health. We may even find it difficult to get back to the demands of our everyday lives right after the holiday madness.
So, how do you get your groove back? This is where detox comes in handy. Now, we want to be clear that we don’t subscribe to the impersonal version of ‘detoxing’ that is doing the rounds. Pseudo-detoxes that prescribe extreme measures end up doing much more harm than good. Rather, we believe in gentle detoxing which will ease you out of the holiday mess and help set the stage for making healthier choices in the future.
What is a Detox?
Detox is a method of rejuvenating and reviving your body and mind by eliminating toxins that have accumulated over time from different sources, such as the environment or through certain habits. It is an act of self-love and respect for your body, and a way to support its natural ability to cleanse and regenerate. By detoxing, you can feel lighter, more energetic, and more balanced. A detox is especially helpful to bring yourself back on track after the festive season.
Should We Only Focus on Detoxing The Body?
Absolutely not! Detoxing extends far beyond just your physical body. In fact, all the noise, hustle, and constant interactions over the holidays can take a toll on your social battery and mental health, leaving you drained and exhausted.
Unfortunately, most of the advice you’ll find about detoxing tends to focus solely on the physical aspects. You will find a plethora of suggestions on how to detox your body, ranging from diets that help your liver and kidneys, to exercise routines that claim to burn fat.
Mental detox is just as important as a bodily detox, and a combination of both will help you achieve your best version after the holiday slump. We’ve put together a few simple yet holistic tips you can use to bounce back anew after your holiday break.
Simple Steps to Detox After The Holidays
Catch Up on Your Sleep
We already know how important sleep is, but it’s often the first thing that gets sacrificed on busier days. Reset your body clock with some high-quality, undisturbed sleep, and we promise it’ll take care of most of your body’s detoxing needs!
Try engaging in some form of physical activity that you enjoy after the holidays. You can choose to go all out with some cardio or Zumba to sweat out your toxins or opt for something gentle and relaxing like yoga and stretches. We recommend mixing things up to get the best of both worlds.
Connect With Nature
Spending time in nature has been shown to have several physical and mental health benefits. It can improve cardiovascular health, increase strength and flexibility, and even strengthen the immune system. Mentally, being in nature has been shown to reduce stress, improve your mood, and increase overall well-being. It also provides a sense of calm, allowing us to fully engage with the present moment and disconnect from the distractions of daily life.
Disconnect From Technology and Social Interactions
After the holiday season, taking a break from technology is one of the best decisions you can make for yourself. The constant connectivity and stimulation from screens, social media, and even real-life interactions can be exhausting, especially after the hustle and bustle of the holidays.
Disconnecting from screens and social media can give you a much-needed opportunity to relax and recharge, and provide you with the time and space to relax and unwind. And remember, there’s nothing wrong with setting boundaries on social interactions. Your loved ones will definitely understand!
Simplify your life
The last few days of the festive period are a great time to take stock of what we have in our lives and analyze what’s truly worth holding onto. Hoarding products and surrounding ourselves with clutter affects us physically and mentally, leading to exhaustion and a feeling of overload.
Opt for simpler, multi-purpose products and routines that fulfill more than one use. For instance, you may want to switch your complicated skincare routine for a simple one with just a handful of products that offer multiple benefits, such as The Body Elixir.
You’ll find that ingredients like turmeric fit this description perfectly- the humble spice is not only an extremely healthy additive to your diet but also works wonders in skincare products such as DIY face masks.
Eating clean and healthy after the holidays is a great way to reset your health goals. It can be daunting to return to healthy habits after your holiday indulgence. Just remember that every meal is a new chance to make a healthy choice. Try to incorporate more whole, unprocessed foods into your diet, such as fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins. And make sure to stay hydrated- there’s nothing like water to help your body flush out toxins and nasties!
We highly recommend the UMM Skin Glow Cleanse & Detox Blend as an addition to your daily detox routine. This concentrated tea is rich in antioxidants that help detoxify the body and boost collagen production/
At the end of the day, don’t forget that all your efforts are meant for you, and you deserve to reap the rewards. In an effort to get back on track, make sure that you’re not burdening yourself with additional expectations. A great way to reconnect with yourself is by checking in on how you’re feeling and spending a little time on your own. Use these moments to pamper yourself with a little massage or some meditation to feel refreshed and rejuvenated.