Tune Up Your Body & Mind This Spring Season

  • Tune Up Your Body & Mind This Spring Season
Issue 110, March 2018.
Tune Up Your Body & Mind This Spring Season
 
Spring is a time for regeneration and renewal, when we throw off the shackles of winter and walk confidently into the new day. It’s also the perfect time to get your body back on track and feeling fabulously balanced. The truth is, during winter, it’s easy to get out of whack. With lots of heavy foods, shorter days, not enough sunlight and the feeling of being strangled underneath all those winter woolies, it’s no surprise we come into spring feeling less than our best. But there is a solution, some simple things you can do to get back on top of the game. Why just spring clean your house when you can spring clean your body?
 As Spring blossoms, it presents yet another opportunity to hit the refresh button, come out of winter hibernation and begin anew. We’ve collected a variety of spring tips and tricks to get us healthy, refreshed, and fashionable, re-energizing your home, body, and self!
 
1. Take A Moment To Yourself
This is more mind than body, but the body is connected to the mind, so we’re going with it. After winter, it can be hard to change pace into spring and summer. The sunny seasons are, by nature, more active and faster-paced seasons, so it’s easy to feel like you’re getting left behind. Don’t stress! Instead take some time to sit and get yourself mentally prepared for the activities of spring and summer. This might be just five quiet minutes watching the sun rise in the morning, or drinking your coffee without interruptions (if possible). Or it might be a structured 15-minute mediation window before bed, or before everyone wakes up.
 
2. Enjoy The Great Outdoors
Nature has a profoundly healing effect on us, and we aren’t just talking in a ‘tree hugger’ kind of way. Being out in nature, and enjoying the great outdoors, is widely thought to be a mood booster. Also, getting out in the sun is a great way to boost your Vitamin D and feel better about yourself. So before you let everything overwhelm you, take a walk outside and just live in the gorgeous moment.
 
3. Hydrate
Spring cleaning is all about throwing out the old and embracing the new. The same goes for your body, especially when it comes to toxins. Toxins can collect in the body, and they make you feel terrible. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By staying hydrated and having a solid habit of drinking between 2 – 3 litres of water everyday, you can flush those bad boys out. Think of it as an all-over clean up for your body, refreshing and very worthwhile.
 
4. Eat A Rainbow
Winter can be a time of eating heavy, stodgy foods, often with a boring palette of vegetables. But spring is a new season and new habit should follow! Change up your eating routine to include lots of fresh, vibrant fruits and vegetables. It’s even better if you can get local produce that’s in season. This is fresher, hasn’t been in storage, and usually contains much less worrying extras. Remember that the food you eat is fuel for your body, and you only want to put the best fuel in to ensure you run on track.
 
5. Dump Your Excess
You might think this means getting rid of excess winter weight, and certainly part of spring cleaning your body is shaving off that additional warming layer you might have added. But we’re also talking about getting rid of the excess in your life, particularly to do with your body. Get rid of the extra jewellery you never wear, the makeup that’s definitely too old, and the clothes that just don’t look good on you. Start fresh, and feel fresh in your mind with a new minimalistic approach. It’s worth it.
 
6. Sweat Out The Bad
As we already know, hydrating your body is a great way to flush out the bad toxins that might be making you feel less than your best. But so is sweating. Getting a sweat on every single day of the week is just as effective at getting your body back into balance. Not only do you get rid of the yukky, you also improve your state of mind, and your health. Whether you’re losing weight, toning, or just enjoying the great outdoors, the benefits are clear. Plus, a good sweat makes your skin look lovely!
 
7.  Wake up with an energizing morning scrub.
Coffee lover? Start your day by mixing a few tablespoons of coffee grounds and sugar with a little bit of shea butter. Take this mixture to the bath or shower and gently rub on your skin,  the aroma will instantly wake you up and energize you for the day. The coffee combo with sugar removes stubborn dead skin that can accumulate on your body during the winter months and the shea moisturizes your body for a healthy glow.
 
8. Refresh your fragrances and go subtle.
Looking for a signature scent change? Spring is a lovely time to wear more green and floral notes. Look for fresh citrus and flower blends to lift your spirits with the rising temperatures. Go subtle and look for single and dual note fragrances.  Naturally, heavy, complex, cloying fragrances are out. The ability to wear pure and simple fragrances displays your confidence.
 
9. Go through your email inbox 
 Delete any spam, emails that you no longer need or items that you have already responded to. Unsubscribe from any mailings that you are not reading or using on your computer, phone or tablet. On a mental and spiritual level consider that you are cleaning out old files that block your productivity and that are taking up useless space in your energy field.