How to detox the mind in winter?
When the days are getting shorter and the nights colder. It’s very tempting to hibernate curling up in a ball under your doona, sleeping in late and eating heavy comforting foods and feeling sorry for yourself once spring rolls around. Don’t let the colder days get you down. Its always possible to be beat those winter blues.
I have put together my favorite tips to help detox the mind and boost your mood during winter.
The early bird gets the worm:
Set your alarm clock for 15 minutes earlier than normal. Jump out of bed grab yourself a pen + journal. Write down whatever comes to your mind. It could be negativity, worries + doubt, to do list or just as simple as a beautiful gratitude list. You will be surprised how much better your day goes. There is something about writing all your shit down that makes you feel clear and free.
Get your down-ward dog on
Roll out your yoga mat this winter. Winter is the perfect season to get deep into your yoga practice where you can stretch, connect, strengthen and unwind. Yoga will improve your mood, boost your confidence, revitalize you and increases your mental focus. It’s time to get your Zen on.
Lets Get Visual
Try visualization this winter. Picture yourself with loved ones in a beautiful destination where you find yourself happy and safe. It could be anywhere from an island, the forest, beside a waterfall anywhere that you can feel a sense of calm and know that you can always come back to this image at any time.
Quiet that monkey mind of yours
One of the best ways to manage stress is learning to quiet the mind with meditation. Take 10-15 minutes to sit and meditate. Observe your thoughts and your reactions, acknowledge them and then let them go. Meditation is something you will continue to improve upon so don’t freak out. Some days you will find it impossible to still the mind. This is totally normal!
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Article by Tully Lou
Melbourne native Tully is a passionate yoga instructor, designer, health and wellness writer who is spreading her mission and inspiring a crew of stylish, rebellious, powerful and passionate warriors each on their own journey.