Spring is in the air and with it comes a time of transition into a time of renewal, birth, growth and action. Nature comes alive and awake after a winter of hibernation, which can be a good reflection of our own lives. The words “spring cleaning” is often heard and applying this term to all aspects of our lives is important.
1. Cleanse your body.
Our bodies are amazing vehicles and it is important to give them a break once in a while to rest, heal and repair. There are many ways to cleanse the body; herbs, supplements, detox kits etc. Eating simple and clean is also a good way to give the body a rest. Choose organic, whole foods, good quality protein and increase those veggies, especially the greens! Limit sugar, alcohol and any refined foods. Drink plenty of water and herbal teas. Yes, there is still snow out there but it is almost gone and soon the grass will be green and welcoming. Walk, run, ride a bike, paddle a canoe, whatever is your mode of choice to get out and enjoy the mighty outdoors.
2. Spring clean your physical space.
Cleaning our physical space is also an important element to the transition into Spring. It is a good time to clean those closets and purge those things that no longer serve you or have use. Take a look at your closet and if there is anything you have had for over a year and not worn, it is time to let it go. Even those jeans you keep that “one day you will fit into”. Give them to Good Will and let someone else enjoy them. Letting go of things, also makes space for new things to come along.
3. Review your relationships.
It is important to take a look at our relationships and see how they are serving us. This is a hard one to take a look at and probably one of the hardest aspects of our lives to clean up. Are you nourished and supported by the relationships around you or do you feel drained and exhausted? This is an important question to ask ourselves because it can have a huge impact on our mental and physical health. Sometimes the best thing we can do is let a relationship go. We are often conscious of what we put in our bodies but it is important to know what we also have the same choice of who we surround ourselves with.
It is time to take action and move forward! Goals are a great way to create direction in moving forward. If you are a goal setter, sit down and review the goals you made earlier this year. Make any changes you need to make and add new goals that have been on your mind. If you are not used to goal setting, sit down and make a list of different aspects of your life: personal, social, work etc, and list 2 things of each that you would like to accomplish or create.
5. Connect with nature.
Spending time in nature is a great way to renew our body, mind and soul. It has been a long winter and we are all craving to get outside. Get your feet back on the ground (the snow will be gone soon), spend time near water, observe the night sky and hug a tree. Yes, hug a tree! If you have never done this, I would suggest giving it a try, it is one of the greatest ways to connect with nature and it truly gives back. We are lucky to live where we do and have the mountains as our backyard, take a trip out for a walk, breath of fresh air or even a sip of water out of the spring. It will renew your soul!!
Dr. Brandy takes a holistic and individualized approach to medicine, utilizing a combination of botanical medicine, nutrition, homeopathy and lifestyle and is also trained in Neuroemotional Technique (NET). An integration of these is used to treat a wide range of conditions including but not limited to Digestive concerns, Women’s Health, hormonal issues, pediatrics and a special interest in addressing Stress and its numerous effects on the body.