5 Invigorating Things to Do to Prepare Your Spirit for the Season of Rebirth

Spring might still be about a month away, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t start thinking about how you can prepare for spring a few weeks ahead of its arrival.

Spring is the season of rebirth, so you’ll want to focus on rituals that cleanse, detoxify, invigorate, and energize you. After a long and hopefully restful winter, your spirit has had time to rejuvenate itself so it may guide your growth into the next version of yourself.

Try some of the following rituals to help you step into the new season with ease.

 

1. Deep Clean Your Yoga Mat

Spritzing your yoga mat with an all natural, cleansing yoga mat cleaner after every use is always a good idea, but deep cleaning your mat at least once or twice every new season (or more depending on use) is just as necessary. A clean, bacteria-free mat is just as good for you physically as it is for you mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Take your mat into the bathtub so you can submerge both sides in water and give it a good scrub down with a gentle brush or washcloth before hanging it out to dry completely for at least a full 24 to 48 hours (making sure to keep it out of direct sunlight).

 

2. Detox from Sweet, Heavy Winter Foods

In winter, Ayurveda (yoga’s ancient sister science in holistic health) states that we should focus on fuelling our bodies with healthy comfort foods that are sweet, dense, and oily to help combat vata dosha. Come spring, we need to shift our diets to balance the accumulated kapha or else risk bringing that winter hibernation-induced sluggishness into the new season.

Now is the time to start stocking up on foods with bitter, astringent, and pungent tastes. Just before spring's arrival, aim to completely cut out red meat, cooked oils, sugar, dairy, alcohol and caffeine for a temporary detox period (2 to 3 weeks) while favouring green veggies, fruits, whole grains, olive oil, avocados, and lots of water.

 

3. Spend a Few Minutes a Day Practicing Pranayama

Simple breathing techniques can help clear out mental clutter that you wish to leave behind while also helping to combat seasonal allergies that you might suffer from in the spring.

Sit comfortably in a seated position and inhale naturally or use your ujjayi breath to fill your lungs with air. Hold it for a few seconds and then slowly exhale until all the air has escaped from your longs. Do at least 3 to 6 rounds of this every day as meditation before or after your regular yoga practice.

 

4. Use Essential Oils That Are Energizing, Sweet, Floral, and Herbaceous

It might still a be a little chilly outside to open all the windows, so in the meantime, aromatherapy can help freshen up the air in your home or yoga space. Whether you choose to use a diffuser, make your own room spray, or massage an essential oil of choice into your skin along with a carrier oil is completely up to you.

Eucalyptus is a top choice for its invigorating aromas that can help balance congestion in the sinuses and lungs. Lemon, on the other hand, can help wake you up, brighten your spirits, and help you feel energized.

 

5. Start an Indoor Herb Garden

Starting your own garden gives you the opportunity to learn a new hobby and get closer to nature well before everything outside blossoms and turns green. Think of it like your own little ceremonial celebration of the new season!

The seeds for most herbs and veggies should be planted about 6 to 8 weeks before the last expected frost date, and while that can vary by region, you can most likely plan to do so in March or April.


Self-Care Practices to Embrace the Autumn Season

Self-Care Practices to Embrace the Autumn Season

In autumn, many people decide to get serious about their goals and the routine they need to establish to get there, but many also fall victim to overdoing it. They often push themselves against their resistance, unknowingly causing a cascade of adverse effects that push back in ways that either halt their progress altogether or cause them feel like they've moved backwards.

Self-care, when done right, is anything but selfish—and it's key to personal growth. We practice self-care not because we're self-indulgent, but to regain balance in our lives again—on all physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.

Here are five things you can do this autumn, or any season whatsoever, to take care of yourself and reap the benefits of a well balanced lifestyle.

 

Get Serious About Downtime

Downtime is the time you take away from the day-to-day responsibilities that use up your energy rather than restore it. To get serious about downtime, you’ll have to put it into your schedule. An hour at the end of every day or a full 24 hours every week are good places to start.

 

Let Your Inner Child Out

Play is a form of active rest, and you can use the downtime you schedule into your day or week to embrace what your inner child loves to do. During the autumn season, you might want to try:

  • Jumping in piles of leaves with your dog, kids, spouse, etc.
  • Going apple or pumpkin picking
  • Using pencil crayons to color in a coloring book by the warm fire
  • Making autumn-inspired crafts out of leaves, twigs, rocks and other outdoor items
  • Reading mystery, drama, or horror fiction books while sipping on hot cocoa

 

Create Your Own Personal Spa

Your downtime can also be used to pamper and nurture yourself with warm, soothing spa practices designed to moisturize and relax your entire body. Many of the items included in our Lifestyle box are perfect for creating your own little mini spa in your very own bathroom at home—such as Gypsy Soul Organics' Barefoot Lake Candle that came in our September box and Lotus Flower OM’s Bohemian Funk Massage Oil that’s in our October box. Simply light a candle, draw a warm bath, and sink into relaxing bliss!

 

Routinely Check in With How You Feel

The great thing about checking in with yourself is that it can be done anytime in as little as a few seconds, and you don’t necessarily need to take a significant amount of downtime to do it. Simply stop what you’re doing to mindfully check in with the physical sensations of your body, the mental thoughts flying through your head, and the emotions that are present. How is your body, mind, and spirit trying to tell you to take care of yourself?

 

Create the Perfect Sleep Routine and Environment

Lastly, never underestimate the importance of sleep in a good self-care regimen. Sleep is foundational for everything, so making sure get a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night on a regular schedule is vital to feeling at your best and doing your best throughout the day. Consider removing clutter from your bedroom, eliminating all sources of light, and bringing items in that serve to relax you in healthy ways—such as by adding houseplants, using aromatherapy diffusers, or replacing your old pillows with new ones.

Most importantly, remember not to let anyone else make you feel bad for taking care of yourself first before tending to other responsibilities. To give the greatest gifts you’re capable of giving, you must fill yourself up with love first—and only you have the power to do that for yourself.