on Nov 16, 18

Detox your Body. Detox your Mind!

Although a mostly plant diet can alone be as powerful as medication, when it is paired with daily exercise, outdoor time, socialization and a breathing-meditation practice, the formula becomes unbeatable.

While still focusing on adding more fruits, vegetables, beans and ancient grains to your plate to detox your body, do not forget that we also want to detox our mind. Thought patterns and attachment to negative feelings are like toxins that usually disrupt our physical chemistry.

Breathing can quiet the “monkey mind,” a Budhist term that describes the unsettled, restless and uncontrollable thinking that often brings anxiety, distraction and stress into our everyday lives.

Meditation, yoga and any breathing practice are the most simple and cost-effective strategies to quiet the “monkey mind.” Even taking 5 minutes of your busy day to practice a breathing exercise will benefit you, making you and happier and more productive. A breathing break can bring you back into the present moment, helping you to make better decisions, and allowing you to truly experience your life to the fullest.

It is easy, just breathe deeply and enjoy disconnecting for 5 minutes. Fitting this into your life will help reduce everyday stress and boost your energy, memory and mood. You will find that you will be able to accomplish your tasks faster and more efficiently. You will feel happier too! Repeat as often as you like throughout the day.

Here are some links to other great breathing resources, from Leaf it Up mentors that you can incorporate into your daily life:

Dr. Weil breathing exercise

Dr. Benson (Harvard Medical School)

Breathing exercise

“The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.” -Sydney J. Harris

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