8 effortless ways to mentally, emotionally, and physically detox

8 effortless ways to mentally, emotionally, and physically detox
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Hold up, slow down.

It's not just about upping healthy eats and exercising.

Sometimes you need to hit pause and take a breather.

To help a busy girl out, here's our go-to guide for making it through the week.

Keep calm and drink tea

Drinking non-caffeinated tea has been touted as a way to bring stress hormone levels back to normal.

So for a restful bonding session, why not request that Hush Teabar bring its tea-drinking sessions to your workplace?

Practise mindfulness during the quiet ritual led by hearing-impaired "tearistas", who will use sign language and gestures to guide you through it.

After that, you'll have a chance to reflect on your experience by finger painting with tea.

You can also sign up online for a session at http://www.hushteabar.com.

Moving beyond helping people with disabilities, the social enterprise seeks to create an inclusive space, bringing everyday heroes and business professionals together to share tea in silence.

Pause for deep breaths when frazzled

"When drowning in e-mails, I try to be mindful of how I'm breathing - whether it's shallow or deep," shares Ferina Aziz, founder of The Wellness Report.

Shallow gasps usually signal anxiety, so draw deep breaths to calm your nerves.

Ditch eye strain with nifty Google Chrome Extension Eyecare

For most of us, it takes a conscious effort to remember to peel our eyes from the computer screen every so often in the course of the day.

Besides leading to dryness and blurred vision, staring at the screen for long periods can diminish our concentration in the long run.

If you need automated reminders to look 20 feet away for at least 20 seconds every 20 minutes, try the Eyecare Extension available from the Chrome Web store.

It works even when the browser is not running and lets you customise the interval period.

Take micro-breaks at work to browse social media

According to Brent Coker's 2009 study from The University of Melbourne, those who spend up to 20 per cent of their time leisure browsing the web are 9 per cent more productive than those who resist the urge to browse.

We need to zone out for a bit to replenish our concentration or to gain perspective - something Tjin Lee, founder of marketing and communications agency Mercury Group, advocates.

"I scroll through Instagram to calm down when I'm feeling emotionally riled up. Looking at the big picture, sometimes the things we fret about are so small. Images of my family help me gain perspective on what is truly important and what is not. There isn't a whole lot I stay angry at when I look at my beaming three-year-old." If you can't completely switch off on vacation, schedule time for checking your inbox

"I used to work all the time while on holiday, so not working is itself a form of self-discipline. Now, if I go away for a week, I let my team at the office know that I'll check e-mails from 9am to 11am on Monday and 4pm to 6pm on Wednesday. That way, they know when to send me files. I also turn off data roaming," offers Ee Rong Chong, group managing director at Ogilvy.

Chill with almond milk

Even if you're not lactose-intolerant or vegan, almond milk is the perfect dairy milk substitute, thanks to its high magnesium content, which does wonders for relaxing the mind and body.

Whether you're having it with your morning cereal or as a base for smoothies, you can now have your daily dose delivered right to your doorstep.

Besides its original flavour, The Mlk Co has two new offerings - macadamia and cacao.

A weekly delivery of a one-litre bottle costs $24.28.

Find out more at https://themlk.co.

Make acai bowls your new breakfast fix

A top superfood touted as having antioxidant and anti-ageing properties, acai berries are ultra-yummy when frozen and blended.

Plus, they pair so well with healthy bites such as honey, banana and granola.

With ingredients sourced from the Amazon, Selva Foods delivers its acai pots, which you can customise.

What's more, they're free of dairy, gluten, preservatives and colouring and have not been subjected to any heating processes, so all the nutrients are preserved.

Four pots (five servings each) cost $80.

Check it out at http://selva.sg.

Juice your way to wellness

Refresh your senses and get a nutritional boost on the go with Ayomo cold-pressed juices.

The brainchild of an Australia based Singapore couple, the preservative-free, 100 per cent raw juices are freshly squeezed daily at Ayomo's kitchen in Australia and flown in twice weekly.

We crave its zesty Summer Lovin, an apple and pineapple concoction ideal for those with a meat-heavy diet.

The refreshing Black Potion, packed with coconut water, activated charcoal and B vitamins, is a great hangover remedy and metabolism booster.

A set of eight juices a week costs $42.

Learn more at http://ayomo.net.

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