What is Spring detox all about?
In addition to my upcoming webinar and e-course on Spring detox, I have asked a variety top wellness coaches what their life and home spring detox rituals and tips are and I am sharing them in a multi-part series.
Kristin Dahl: @dahlhousenutrition
Spring is a time of renewed energy and the perfect time for a metamorphosis of self. The season calls for a shedding of accumulated stagnation both physically and spiritually to make way for new, expansive energy to flow in. The fastest route for me to deeply connect to the organic flow of nature is to cleanse my body with a 3 day juice fast, followed by consuming cleansing foods and avoiding any sugars or stimulants. I get my lymph flowing more with active workouts, hot yoga, and long hikes in the mountains. During this time, I also open myself up to new opportunities, spend more time outdoors, and implement mindfulness into my everyday routine. All of these practices lift me up, create expansion, and leave me feeling renewed.
Indy Rishi: @indyrishi3
According to Ayurveda, it’s important to live with plants. Every change of season, I clean up any disorder in the room and within myself. This means I do a fast that begins with a nature inspired retreat (may or may not involve my fungi friends). I also change the plants in my room and home. I’ll take the ones I have and plant them outside somewhere, and introduce plants that will prosper in the spring season (or the season I’m currently in). I’ve noticed many of my teachers and really amazing people have similar habits for themselves (that’s why I’m trying to copy them).
It seems that a natural retreat that reconnects you to inner world is very important, especially as we enter into a vibrant season like Spring. It’s equally important to detox the body with a fast so that your immune system can be primed for all the allergens that will be coming your way. There are currently wonderful studies out of USC that illustrate the benefits of fasting.
A physical makeover of the plant life in your home can also give you energy to deal with the influx of business and movement. Plants give us oxygen and produce negative ions (like a natural air purification machine). Plants grow and prosper better in different seasons depending on different climates. Ask a local “professional” green thumb what’s best for you and where you live. The most important tip is to make Spring a time to mind your mental diet. Pay attention to what your mind digests so that you can have an incredible Summer and rest of the year!
Hilary Pearlson: @jewelsofadreamer
Ashley Berry: @helloashleyberry
I like to take an inventory of my life at regular intervals to look for areas where I might be carrying extra baggage that’s weighing me down rather than supporting my growth and wellness. Seasonal shifts are, of course, a great time to do this and I feel particularly inspired to do a bit of “life cleaning” at the beginning of Spring.
The home is always a good place to start because seeing the immediate, concrete results of a de-cluttered space can really get the momentum going for simplifying in other areas of life as well. I live in an apartment that’s on the smaller side so I’m pretty ruthless when I de-clutter. I like to take my home, room by room, and start with any spaces that I find myself steering clear of because they’ve become unmanageable—that drawer that I put stuff in when I don’t know where else to put it, the cabinet that has become a total mess, or the shelf that I never go to because it stores a bunch of things I don’t actually use. I pull everything out and assess each item individually for whether or not it holds true functional and/or sentimental value. With certain types of objects, particularly clothes, I’ll set a time limit. If I haven’t worn it in the past year, it goes, no matter how much I want to believe that one day I’ll have an excuse to wear it again.
Usually, once I start getting rid of stuff, the process is so freeing that I’m eager to apply it to other areas of my life. I’ll clean up files in my computer and assess my finances for places where I can simplify and free up some extra space. I’ll also look at my schedule and the ways I’m spending my time and ask myself if each commitment is the best use of my energy and resources. Perhaps I’ve found myself spending too much time browsing Facebook when I could have been doing something that’s truly an investment in my health, happiness, and the contributions that I want to be making in the world. Maybe I’ve been spending too much time with people or doing things that aren’t truly in alignment with my most important values and goals. Doing this kind of overhaul two or three times a year makes it so much easier to maintain that sense of freedom, alignment, and simplicity throughout the entire year.