Lent is one religious event that’s quite less festive. It’s way more subdued compared to Christmas celebrations. Not many people join and follow what specifically goes on during the Lenten season. Some even barely understand the purpose and benefits of observing Lent.
Yes, it is about abstaining from certain things. It’s about focusing and reflecting on the sufferings and sacrifices of the Lord Jesus Christ for about 6 weeks leading to Easter Day, which is the high point and a day of joyful festivity. However, it’s more than that.
Lent is a great and timely season where meaningful and even healthy detoxification can take place. Now, detox is often related to weight loss and physical health. But, it’s more than that. In general, the purpose of detoxing is to rid your body and mind of substances that are harmful, toxic, unhealthy, or excessive. The end purpose is to reach physical, spiritual, mental, emotional, and even social balance. Isn’t Lent an opportune time to do just that?
For ideas, here are three simple ways you can detox this Lent:
You subject your body to all sorts of stressors day in and day out; like family, school or work responsibilities, house chores, environmental toxins, and more. You need to be kind to your body by releasing stress.
Go to the spa for some sauna. Treat yourself to warm baths. Take your time with the hot showers and body scrubs at home. Use some essential oils in the bathtub this Lent. Study shows that whole-body immersion in hot baths results in better blood flow and nutrient supply. It also facilitates better metabolic waste elimination.
Mental Stress Detox
It is unhealthy to just let your brains go on processing hard work until it goes into overdrive. This will only lead to mental fatigue. You begin to lose focus or motivation. You become more irritable. Productivity lessens. Weight may either drastically go up or down.
Promote mental health by placing your brain in rest and reset mode this Lent. Take that overdue leave. Use your weekends for relaxation and don’t schedule anything mentally heavy.
Listen to soothing music that you like. It can be classics, classical, jazz, praise & worship, or any type that relaxes and calms you. Reports show that music helps ease body stress and even pain.
Additionally, if you’re in the habit of sleeping late, Lent is the perfect time to go to bed early. Get enough shuteye because having sufficient hours of sleep is one of the most effective ways to renew your mind and improve your overall wellbeing.
Be kind to your heart this Lenten season by reducing excessive intake of sugar, Harvard Health cites a report that links high dietary sugar to heart diseases. Too much sugar can also make you sluggish as well as agitated.
Feel lighter, calmer, and more cheerful by minimizing sugar intake. Trade artificial juices for plain water or natural fruit juices. Start glucose reduction by adding less sugar to your teas and coffees.
Note that we’ve highlighted sugar here because it’s one ingredient that’s commonly consumed on a daily basis. It’s also mostly used as an ingredient in foods we buy or prepare.
There you have it, 3 simple ways to detox this Lent. Try them and experience how much better you’ll be by Easter.