Are you stressed, sluggish and sallow of skin? Find out what easy and effective steps you can take to revitalize your life.
1. Create a Tranquil Environment
Unplug the TV, phone and turn off the Blackberry. If this is too unrealistic, at least consider reducing the harmful radiation emitted from electrical equipment in your home or office with plants. Placing plants such as the Boston fern or Peace Lily near televisions, computers and microwaves are all ways to help absorb radiation in the home.
2. Cleanse the Home
Cleanse the negative energy in your home after any argument or stressful situation by burning sandalwood incense or dry sage.
3. What to Eat
Start the day with fresh seasonal and organic fruit for breakfast with a hot water and lemon drink. For lunch, try a light green salad with protein and fibre rich pulses and seeds or opt for a warming homemade soup. At dinner, keep the nutrients locked in your food by lightly steaming vegetables with quinoa (similar to rice or couscous but packed with protein). Remember to also drink lots of water throughout the day to flush toxins from your system.
Aim to do 10 deep breaths at the start of each day to calm the mind and improve blood circulation and brain function. Inhale deeply through the nose and exhale completely through the mouth.
Raise a sweat by either walking briskly outdoors or taking a yoga class. Try Bikram yoga, a form of yoga that usually takes place in a studio with extra heating to encourage profuse sweating. Great for eliminating toxins and improving flexibility!
Repeating mantras and affirmations or practicing visualisations are effective ways to start mediating daily. You can try visualisations where you see a coloured light filling your body or transport yourself to your own utopia: a sun drenched beach, peaceful mountain top or any other place that symbolises relaxation to you.
7. Improve Circulation
Make skin glow with daily body brushing. Use a loofah or body brush and make long sweeping strokes all over the body, always brushing towards the heart.
8. Salt Bath
In ‘Feng Shui Your Life’, author Jayme Barrett explains how salt has the ability to ‘disintegrate negativity, cleanse your energy field, and increase the energy circulation in all of your chakras.’ Run a bath and add 2-4 cups of sea salt (and your favourite essential oil such as lavender) and the water will absorb ‘dirty energy, and the salt immediately breaks down negative physical, emotional, and mental residue’ continues Jayme. If you don’t have a bath, make a salt exfoliating scrub for the shower with salt, sweet almond oil and lavender or lemon essential oil.
9. Detox the Ego
Read Echkart Tolle’s the ‘Power of Now’ and ‘A New Earth’ to learn how to achieve inner peace by disengaging from your mind and ego. Other inspiring books to help your holistic health include, ‘Quantum Wellness’ by Kathy Freston and ‘You Can Heal Your Life’ by Louise Hay.