Returning from a week in my husband’s home town, Picinisco in Italy prompted me to write about a well rested break from stimulants be it either food related in the form of coffee, sugar, cigarettes or alcohol or be it lifestyle stimulants like social media, television, emails, whatsapp and texting (not so common now). I did not have Wi-Fi for a whole week. The children had no access to Instagram, Facebook or any other social media application they usually use to run and control their lives.
What did we do! We played a lot of cards, backgammon, walked, read, spent time with family, ate wonderful food and ate of the land, topped up our Vitamin D and chilled out for a week and it felt really good. So now I am back I want to adopt a bit of this slowing down. A break away from technology into my daily life is my goal. I often give this advice to clients but rarely follow, below are some useful tips to incorporate into your life. In adopting some or all of these techniques regularly you may find you start to feel better able to cope with life load, sleep better and feel more calm. Technology is the way of the world and a very useful addition to our lives, our plane tickets were on our phones, we were able to book a taxi using a fantastic app called Gettaxi instead of queuing in a massive queue in Edinburgh airport and social media is a great way to communicate with people far and wide but it is still good to be able to escape from it now and again.
A good morning routine for a lifestyle detox:
- Do not switch on any electronic equipment until 1 hour after rising
- Before breakfast drink a mug of warm water with ginger or lemon
- Deep breathing for 5 minutes or 10 minute walk
- Have breakfast
- Dry skin body brush
- Include gentle stretching once in the day to relax tight muscles.
- Through out the day be mindful of how often you check your phone, emails, Facebook etc., try to limit once in the morning, once in the afternoon and once in the evening, switching technology off after 8pm.
- Eat ‘clean’ food – whole grains such as oats, quinoa and buckwheat, nuts, seeds, beans, fish, lentils, vegetable juices, salads, soups and lots of vegetables.
- Drink 8 glasses of water and or non-caffeinated herbal teas throughout the day.
- Try to avoid stimulants – caffeine, sugar and fizzy drinks.
- Reduce TV time at night and turn off all electronics 1 hour before bed. Play a game, read, chat, do a jigsaw, crossword or just chill.
- Gratitude diary – write three things you are grateful for before you go to be, it can be something simple like a nice walk.
- Treat yourself to a massage, Reiki session or something that helps you relax. Have an Epsom Salt bath before bed.
- Adopt one or all of these strategies once or twice a week going forward.