Spring Guide: A Lifestyle Reset + Things I'm Loving This Spring
Spring is such a magical time of the year; the sun starts shining, the days are longer and the world around us turns a bit more colorful. Spring is a time of re-birth. We pull ourselves out of lethargy, the day to day grind of winter and start to perk up with energy and excitement to finish the end of the year.
I like to take time before each season begins to set intentions and my goals for the coming quarter of the year. I review all areas of my life- as my wellness philosophy is all about curating a “good balance”. In order to keep a balanced lifestyle it takes regular adjusting and polishing. Just as we are all bio-individual with our diets; the same diet and lifestyle may not benefit us our entire lives. It's important to keep evolving.
My Spring “Cleaning” Routine:
A Good Balance Home
It starts in my home, after all we spend most of our time here. It might be a surprise to you that physical clutter in your environment actually causes mental clutter and stress. If your home is not tidy and organized you may find it very hard to truly sit down and relax or find the mental focus you need to finish a task.
The Bedroom and Closet Detox: Do yourself a favor and watch Marie Kondo’s Tidying Up on Netflix. I don’t know if it is just me, but there is something so pleasing about sitting back and looking at your closet all neatly tidy and color coded.
1.) Go through your closet and remove anything that does not serve you and donate it.
2.) Tidy up your bed and minimize the items collected on your night stand. Pick each item with intention. I have my Himalayan salt lamp, a relaxing essential oil pillow spray and a small notebook for writing what I’m grateful for each morning.
The Kitchen Detox: I think it's important for everyone to do a complete kitchen detox every few months and its insanely helpful if your committing to eating cleaner.
1.) Go through your refrigerator and throw out any expired food, clean up any spills and organize what's left. I truly believe having a clean, organized and dare I say minimal fridge has an impact on what you chose to eat every time you open it.
2.) Go through your cupboards too, check for expiration dates and throw out any opened grains and pastas that may have some unwanted friends (bugs).
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The Bathroom Detox: My bathroom is like my little home oasis, its clean, minimal in design and my plants hang out in there. Everything has its place so I can find it easily. I have my collection of non-toxic face masks, serums and mists and this is where a lot of self-care time is spent.
1.) Do yourself a favor and go through your bathroom drawers and medicine cabinet. Again check expired medicines and toss them out- as your doing so take a look at the labels on your personal hygiene products. Do you know what these ingredients are?
2.) As you’re cleaning all the drawers and have all your products laid out take a mental note. Every single day these products are going on your skin, in your hair, in your mouth or your inhaling them in.
3.) Today choose just ONE product that you can part with and replace it with a non-toxic alternative. Being a detox expert I strongly urge you to chose your deodorant first. Sweat is one of our detox pathways and if there is aluminium and other harmful ingredients blocking the path, the toxins stay in our bodies.
Conventional deodorants are dangerous because they are full of chemicals and you’re applying it directly to your lymphatic system. For a discount on my favorite non-toxic deodorant click here and use code: GOODBALANCE
When I am all done with the spring cleaning in my home I like to spray an essential oil room spray or burn some sage and cleanse the space. I love Veyali, but you could make your own room spray with your favorite essential oils too.
A Good Balance Diet
Spring is naturally a detoxifying time of the year. As the weather starts to warm up we tend to crave light foods and more fruits and veggies. I'm a big advocate of detoxing through food and spring Is my favorite time to focus on supporting my body for detox. I tend to naturally gravitate towards more juices and smoothies, salads and raw foods that are so powerful for detoxification.
Simple ways to support daily detox:
Ensure your getting plenty of water (lemon water is a great way to boost detoxification).
Focus on nutrient dense foods like fruits, vegetables and greens rather than choosing foods based on their caloric or macronutrient values.
Support your lymphatic system by eating plenty of hydrating fruits and vegetables and dry brushing.
Detox your conventional beauty and personal hygiene products.
Find ways to include mindful movement every day.
This time of year is the perfect time to make a weekly farmers market trip part of your routine- here all throughout the country, signs of spring are around.
Here's a list of some seasonal produce for spring:
Peas + Pea Shoots
Moving your body is not a chore, it's a luxury! We all know we need to do it, but that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. I love changing the way I practice mindful movement with the seasons. It’s a great way to try out a brand new workout class or just simply change the way you move. Instead of going to the gym everyday take your workout outside, head to the park and do a bodyweight workout or go for a jog around your neighborhood. Class pass is also a great way to try out different workouts in your area! Even if it's just a couple times a week, it can really inspire you to move more.
Im currently LOVING Rachael DeVaux Good Sweat Guide- it has completely revamped the way I workout and I truly look forward to going to the gym to see what fun new workouts are in store for the day. Most days I spend less than an hour in the gym, yet I am dripping sweat like never before. Many of the moves can be done at home if you have some basic workout equipment, and the coolest part is that you buy it week by week!
It's also a great time to reevaluate your dedication to being mindful. Take a step back and figure out the areas that need a little work and implement a plan to get back on track. It could be spending just 5-10 minutes and starting your day with a guided meditation ( I love using the Calm app ), getting outside and grounding (placing the bare feet on the earth) or spending a day out in nature by taking a hike. It can be simply taking a walk around the neighborhood and appreciating the sound of the chirping birds and stopping to literally smell the flowers. Lately my favorite thing to do is sit out on our patio next to my cactuses, sip my morning coffee and sun bathe for a few beautiful moments.
I urge you to take a few moments and plan out how you can revisit these areas of your life for a spring cleaning.
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