We all come from different cultures and backgrounds, but if there’s one thing all of us have in common, it’s the tradition of promising to live better the upcoming year.
Every single year, we all set out with a number of resolutions.
These resolutions range from the common, “I’ll go to the gym more” to the more specific, like trying something new every week.
Regardless of our individual dreams, we all embrace this tradition.
We all set out to do something different on January 1.
But, as many of you (including myself) have already noticed, by February 1, we’ve either forgotten or simply abandoned our resolutions.
Does the phrase “I don’t have time” sound familiar?
What is the best way to combat that?
How can we make resolutions we will actually keep?
Well, it’s actually pretty easy.
And better yet, it doesn’t have to start on January 1. It can start today.
The holidays are the perfect way to kick-start your New Year's resolutions, as you’re surrounded by your family and friends who can be great motivators.
It's the time to focus on yourself.
So, here are five easy ways to detoxify your mind, body and soul during the holidays to give you the energy t0 accomplish everything you promised yourself:
1. Practice Hatha yoga.
I know you’re thinking, “This is just another pitch to try yoga.”
You’ve probably been reading how yoga changed someone’s life and 20 different reasons why you should become a yogi fanatic.
But did you ever stop and think why yoga has become such a trend?
Hatha yoga combines focus on mindfulness, breathing and physical movements.
It doesn’t just strengthen your core, but it also exercises your mind.
According to the Huffington Post, doctors are now advising patients to try out the ancient practice as “alternative medicine.”
Likewise, Iris Snoeck, certified Hatha yoga instructor for over a decade, states the long-term benefits of Hatha yoga includes better sleep, increased energy levels and a strong decrease in anxiety.
So, let yoga be the cure to your problems because it beats popping an Advil every single time.
2. Become a healthonist.
Healthonism was coined by the JWT Innovation Group, who also used the term "mindful partying" to perfectly describe this new trend.
Balancing a healthy lifestyle with the party season can be challenging, but it's not impossible.
It all starts with one simple modification: Watch what you’re drinking.
A recent article in Vogue explains:
Healthonists know that red wine has on average less sugar than white, but better still will turn to a cold-pressed juice cocktail. Imbibery's Greena Colada enables you to get your green juice fix alongside a slug of vodka, whilst the Hail Mary is a health-charged take on the classic Bloody Mary. Just say no to the Snowball.
3. Do a digital detox.
It’s no secret we’re glued to our phones every minute of every day.
According to research carried out by Kate Unsworth, CEO of Kovert Designs, 35 CEOs experienced improved memory, better sleep and more effective conversations after merely four days of unplugging from their phones.
So this Christmas holiday, I dare you to unplug from your phone and experience the effect yourself.
Trust me; it won’t kill you.
4. It’s all about your posture.
You might have seen Amy Cuddy’s Ted Talk and listened to her insights about how posture changes our hormone levels.
In a Life Hacker article discussing this talk, author Belle Beth Cooper stated:
So clearly, our posture has more to do with our minds we might have thought. And in fact, it seems like our bodies come first—when we alter our posture and body language, it subconsciously influences our thinking and decision-making.
A simple change in our posture helps the body feels stronger and more confident.
5. Go all natural.
Why wait until next year to clear your body from toxins?
And before you click away, I’m not talking about a crazy kale cleanse during the holidays.
So, what if I told you there’s a way to naturally help you eat mindfully and relax to your fullest during the holiday?
If that’s what you’re searching for, look no further than the world’s most nutritional superfood, spirulina.
This superfood doesn’t just boost your immune system during the winter months, but it also improves your digestive system.
Spirulina has a high concentration of chlorophyll, so it is an extremely powerful agent of detoxification.
It has also effective at helping remove toxins from the bloodstream.
Now, you can go enjoy that second piece of cake.