Spring Cleaning : Mind, Body & Home
I am a Spring baby so it's no surprise that it is one of my favorite seasons of the year. As Spring approaches I start to feel an internal awakening, an excitement for the warmer months ahead and a new zest for life and adventure. It is truly the time to let go of the old stagnant energy accumulated during the Winter months and allow new life to blossom, bringing in the light breeze of fresh positive energy.
Cleansing your internal life and external surroundings can help to support the awakening of the mind and body you will experience as Spring begins blooming.
+ MIND +
Cleanse your mind for more clarity going into the more energetic months.
- Digital Detox- Spend a couple hours cleaning up your phone, computer & social media outlets.
+ Phone. Delete contacts you no longer need, clear out your voicemail box and text messages and clean up/ organize your apps.
+ Computer. Delete old emails, files and photos and empty your trash. Clean up the dashboard and maybe even add a new inspiring photo of what you want to manifest in the coming months.
+ Social Media. Unfollow, unfollow, unfollow! Go through your Insta, Twitter, Pinterest and unfollow accounts that don't actually resonate with you anymore. Decluttering these accounts will allow your feed to be more positive, inspiring and relevant to who you are and want to become.
- Emotional Cleanse
+ Meditate. My favorite method to release and renew, whether it's Spring or not! Use meditation as a tool to ground you as your body, your surroundings and the Earth begin to awaken.
+ Find an emotional outlet. In Chinese Medicine, each organ is associated with an emotion and a season. The Liver and Gallbladder are the organs associated with Spring and the Liver correlates to the emotion of anger. Be sure to find an emotional outlet for it's release this season. Whether it's therapy, talking with friends, acting or singing- use your voice to let go of stagnant Liver Qi and transform those emotions.
+ BODY +
As stated above, Spring is associated with the Liver and it's complimentary organ the Gallbladder (Wood Elements). These organs help to nourish the tendons and connective tissues, the eyes and support a healthy flow of emotions. Cleansing your liver through diet & exercise will be beneficial while heading into Spring.
- Liver Cleanse/ Spring Detox
+ Eat light. Leave behind the heavier foods of Winter (heavy meats, dairy, and wheat) and eat lighter for Spring.
+ Cleanse the toxins. Cut down on your liver's workload by reducing/eliminating the crap and adding in the good stuff.
PHASE OUT: alcohol, refined sugars and anything artificial.
PHASE IN: leafy greens, fresh produce, whole grains, nuts & seeds, legumes, detoxifying teas.
ADDED TIPS: Eat green and pungent foods like onions and garlic, peppermint, basil, dill, fennel, turmeric, rosemary, parsley which all resonate with the upward, outward direction of the season and can be helpful in combating the winter sluggishness. The upward energy of Spring causes the toxins to rise up, creating allergies for some, so if you suffer from seasonal allergies try Nettle. Milk Thistle + Dandelion are also great herbs for Spring; Milk Thistle nourishes the liver and Dandelion cleanses it. This is a great tincture.
- Move your body!
+ Exercise. Awaken the body and move the stagnant Liver Qi by getting some exercise! The fresh air of outdoor activities is an added bones as it helps activate healthy Lung Qi.
+ Get Acupuncture. Acupuncture will help move stagnant energy to regulate the flow of Qi in the body, aiding smooth flow into Spring.
+ HOME +
A cluttered home = a cluttered mind. Your surroundings affect your mood and energy more than you may know.
+ Declutter your home. Have you ever been to a friend's home that seemed clean and pristine on the outside, but then when you come across the closets and drawers- they're filled with junk?? I see this as a metaphor for suppressing emotions in your body and hiding them in the little corners of your mind that you hope and pray don't come to the surface. You know they are there and their presence consciously or subconsciously haunts you. It's the same with those stuffed closets and junk drawers, they may be subconsciously stressing you out and it's time to open them up get rid of the excess! Get rid of the old junk, sell clothes that no longer suit you and reorganize! Make sure what you keep speaks to who you are now and who you want to become.
+ Feng Shui- Speaking of organization, try using the principles of Feng Shui to rearrange your home and give it new life and a boost of positive energy. Some Feng Shui tips here.
+ Air purifying plants. Get some air purifying plants to clean the air and energy in your home. A list of the best air purifying plants here.
Even though Spring is one of my favorite seasons of the year, I have found that transitioning into this season typically sparks a resurgence within, almost an internal rumbling that often causes me to react and be impulsive. Almost like an explosion of all the emotions or desires that hibernated during Winter. Now being more aware of this, I am excited to try using some of the Chinese Medicine principles I listed above to transition into Spring with more ease and clarity.
I hope you found this article helpful, and that you enjoy this bright season of life awakening. Keep blooming, beauties. <3