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Is your mind full of toxic crap? Sorry it that sounded a little blunt but it’s definitely a question worth considering. After all, most of us are well-versed on the detoxification benefits behind clean eating, juice cleanses and even colonics, for our bodies. But rarely do we consider the state of our brains. Which is why, right now, I feel that it’s all about cleansing your mind. Or at least it’s about to be anyway.
One of the many great things about being editorial director of Sporteluxe is that I have access to some of Australia’s leading health, fitness and wellness experts. And when two of them are both talking about the need for cleansing your brain you know you’re onto a trend.
Our yoga guru Kate Kendall has incorporated a mental detox element as part of her 30 Days Clean program at Sydney’s Flow Athletic. And our resident meditation expert and my dear friend Jacqui Lewis of The Broad Place has just launched an awesome new e-book called the 7 Day Mind Cleanse. I edited this beautiful book for Jacqui and I like to think of it as the mental equivalent of a cold-pressed juice cleanse. An organic juice cleanse that gets delivered to you in stylish glass bottles that is!
When you consider that each of us have between 80,000-100,000 thoughts a day (yep, you read that right every day!) it makes total sense why cleansing our minds is a good idea. Why so many of us who are otherwise embracing a healthy lifestyle are walking around mentally exhausted and feeling seriously freaking frazzled. Whether we want to admit it to ourselves or not. I’m not ashamed to put my hand up and say I’ve certainly been there.
So this week why don’t we all give ourselves a little mental holiday? If you already meditate that might mean recommitting to your practice. Or if you’re a meditation newbie try Jacqui’s easy-as Clarity Session technique. One of the other tricks Jacqui recommends in the book is putting your mobile on airplane mode before bed. This helps you sleep better and prevents the temptation to look at Instagram and emails after you wake up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Something I’ve definitely been guilty of in the past! It could even be as simple as committing to a little lounge room yoga a couple of times this week and relishing in a long savasana at the end.
Whatever form it takes let’s all make taking time out to give our brains a break a priority this week. Even if that means scheduling meditation into our diaries!
Have a great week,