Detoxifying your body is not just limited to eating cleaner. Junk thoughts are the equivalent to junk food - and you are what you eat. Thoughts of anxiety, resentment, insecurity, or any kind of the mental ‘weight’ you’ve carried in your gut far too long affect pretty much every fiber, every cell of your being. These effects can be psychosomatic, where physical illness is caused by mental or emotional problems. It is also called the nocebo effect, the evil twin of the placebo effect, which I’m sure most of you are familiar with. Some of these negative thoughts and emotional harboring will have to be processed and digested - and shitted out. And feasting on thoughts of joy, acceptance, gratefulness, and honesty, will lead you to be more energetic due to their ‘nutritious’ properties. Most say a healthy body leads to a healthy mind, but I can tell you this much, it goes both ways if you are seeking balance and complete harmony of the mental/physical. Remember, the body is the instrument and your mind is the composer.
The number one, most effective method for healing and relaxation is not something you buy over the counter. It’s not something you smoke to soothe your nerves. It’s not the best selling book you read to make you feel good. It’s not something you seek from any person, place, or thing. It is actually the healing power of breathing. When most of us are in a rut, down and out, our breathing becomes restricted. And as shared by Harvard Health Publications, “Shallow breathing hobbles the diaphragm’s range of motion. The lowest portion of the lungs—which is where many small blood vessels instrumental in carrying oxygen to cells reside—never gets a full share of oxygenated air. That can make you feel short of breath and anxious.”
Full, rhythmic breathing activates your bodily processes that have laid dormant, so that it can do its proper work. Breathing is also at the core of meditation. It teaches you how to be present by focusing on the breath. You don’t even have to call it meditation; you can just call it plain old, natural breathing. Take notice throughout the day and observe your breath. Is it deep and full or is it shallow and restrictive? Work with whatever you discover about your breathing and take control.