Easy Ways to Renew Your Body, Mind and Spirit for the New Year

The start of the new year is the perfect time to shift your mindset. Come January 1st, you feel like anything’s possible and within reach. You make resolutions and set some goals. You do some light journaling and declare: You got this!

Then your ambitious New Year’s resolutions fall flat on their face.

One suggestion: Instead of trying to reinvent this year, remember to take it easy, set realistic goals, and simply reset.

What kind of realistic goals, you ask. Well, here a few to kick off the new year comfortably without necessarily rebranding an entirely “new you.”

Realistic Ways to Renew Yourself This January

After the overindulgent holiday madness, our bodies practically crave a health resolution. A better diet and simple, clean eating can even allow the rest of our lives to fall into place.

This better sense of balance can be restored with some easy adjustments. Here are a few Naturna suggests.

Dry January

After a December of alcohol consumption, you barely downed that champagne toast on New Year’s Eve. If you feel like never touching a drink again, take a Dry January and allow your body to detox.           

So what is Dry January? Borrowed from our neighbors across the pond in the UK, it’s the practice of sobriety for the entire month of January.

As a personal challenge to not touch a drink and allow our bodies to reset after the crazy holiday binge-fest, it can turn quickly into a trendy social media share-fest. So just remember to do this for you—not your followers.   

If you resist Dry January and have FOMA or “fear of missing out alcohol,” try being what Ruby Warrington has coined as “sober curious.” Instead and cutting alcohol completely, simply pour smaller portions.   

But you’re gonna need to do more than not drink. You need a cleansing diet and some overall lifestyle changes.

Cleanse Your Body

Ridding toxins from your body is a great way to start the year off on the right foot. But avoid fasting and extreme cleanses in the winter months. Focus more on cleaning up your diet and potentially adding herbs or vitamins to assist the body’s natural cleansing processes.

During this time of year, our bodies need nutrient-rich, vitamin-packed foods.

So what should you consume more of to help the detoxification process?

  • Vegetables — veggies like apples, asparagus, avocados, broccoli, carrots, and spinach offer extra glutathione.    
  • Fibers — fiber comes from a variety of sources such as nuts, flaxseeds, lentils, and peas.
  • Selenium-rich foods — selenium can be found in oats, eggs, and Brazil nuts.

Certain herbs can also aid in your January cleanse. Dandelion root is easily found within a nice, warm cup of dandelion tea. Various herbal teas and vitamins can help detoxify your liver and speed up a lighter cleanses. Contact Naturna for a comprehensive cleansing protocol to kick off your new year.

Get Rest

The winter brings shorter days and longer nights, which seem to coax every mammal on earth to sleep longer. Except us humans.

We fight this natural rhythm, desperately needing time to recharge.

So this winter, pump the brakes on your strict resolutions and try not to burn out in the first inning. Instead, take the winter to work on your actual dreams, alone time, and beauty rest.

But what if you can’t sleep? What can you do if you lie awake at night, high-strung with insomnia, counting newly-set goals instead of sheep?

Book an acupuncture session, that’s what.

Schedule Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a great way to kick your body into gear during winter and includes many benefits from detoxification to reduced anxiety to constipation relief (so long fruit cake!)

And, of course, acupuncture can improve sleep and fight fatigue.  

Try Moxibustion

At Naturna, we also often recommend a Moxibustion acupuncture treatment during the colder winter months. This style of treatment is an excellent way to warm your cold extremities, lower back, and abdomen.

Patients experience deep, lasting effects after a Moxa treatment. It’s thoroughly relaxing. What’s stopping you?

Whether it’s Moxa or Acu, choose to refresh and renew your body and schedule an acupuncture session with Naturna today. We look forward to meeting you!

And don’t worry. This year, you still got this!

References:

Warrington, Ruby (2018). Sober Curious: The Blissful Sleep, Greater Focus, Limitless Presence, and Deep Connection Awaiting Us All on the Other Side of Alcohol. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.