How to Cleanse Your Mind and Body

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Our minds and bodies are constantly processing food, drink, thoughts, and emotions. In our 100 miles-per-minute world, we can easily feel overwhelmed.

Try taking some time regularly for yourself. Here are five tips on how to create a spa day at home:

1. Take a Technology Break

  • Make it a low-tech day. Keep your television, computer, cellphone and other electronics turned off.
  • Go for a walk in the park. Find a quiet place and try meditation techniques with step-by-step instructions.
  • Attend a yoga class in your neighborhood.
  • Stretch at home.
  • Get a skipping rope.

2. Try Tongue Scraping

Start your day by gently scraping your tongue (don't worry, it doesn't hurt!). In Ayurveda (a form of alternative medicine practiced in India), tongue coating is called "ama" and reflects metabolic debris. Tongue scrapers can be purchased in a drug store or health food store for a few dollars. They are used to clean the tongue.

3. Take Care of Your Body

Instructions on how to do a Dry Brush Exfoliation.

Learn how to take a contrast shower, which some alternative practitioners recommend to boost circulation and energy. Step-by-step instructions on Contrast Showers.

4. Cleanse Your Body

  • Make sure you are getting enough water.
  • A cold weather cleansing tea is ginger tea with the juice of a lemon wedge.
  • If you are a coffee drinker, switch to green tea for your detox day.
  • Learn how to make an alkaline vegetable broth for improved enzyme and cellular metabolism and general cleansing and detox.

5. Cleanse Your Mind

On your cleansing day, try to take steps to free yourself from the past events that continue to bother you. Start a personal ritual, such as writing a letter (you don't have to send it!) to get out your feelings. Or buy a beautiful journal to give yourself a regular outlet for all your emotions, regrets, and worries. Don't push these emotions away. Harness them and move on as a smarter person.

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