So what is the meaning of spring?
Spring is a time of transition. It is a time where we throw out the old and to make space for the new. Goodbye cold miserable winter and hello warmer days, bluer skies and sunshine.
It is the time of year when most animals give birth to their young, and sometimes a time of year when there can be a few deaths; letting go of the old to allow space for the new.
It is also an important time for reflection and letting go of any thoughts or beliefs that may no longer be serving us. This allows space for new thoughts, ideas and projects to begin.
This out with the old and in with the new is something to consider in all aspects of our lives.
We often think of spring-cleaning as a time to go through our house or cupboards and throw out (or donate) those clothes that we haven’t worn in years. This is however; is just one example of the type of cleaning out we should be doing during spring. This un-cluttering of our lives can be extremely therapeutic.
In terms of our thoughts/emotions it s very healthy to clean these out too as unhealthy emotions such as sadness, anger and resentment can negatively impact our physical health if not released. I always find crying, talking to someone or journaling the best ways to get emotions out of the system. According to the philosophy of Jin Shin Jyutsu, simply holding each finger like a hot dog for 5 minute each day helps to release any pent up emotions and relating physical conditions.
Your physical body also requires a spring clean at least once a year!
A detoxification program aiding your organs of elimination is something I make sure I do at least once a year. It is so important to give the body some help eliminating all the nasty toxins and chemicals we are constantly consuming, inhaling and getting through our skin. A few tips for helping your body in its natural detoxification pathways are:
· Keep hydrated (drink at least 8 cups of water per day)
· Start each day with a glass of warm water and the juice of half a lemon or 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
· Take chlorophyll
· Use a Milk Thistle supplement
Detoxing the lungs is something we are doing everyday simply by breathing. However, as many of us do not breath to the full capacity of out lungs there is old, stale air stagnating at the bottom. Every day we should be practicing deep breathing to aid with relaxation, optimising the amount of oxygen travelling around our bodies as well as to expel all that stale air we no longer need. Spring is the perfect time to get into the habit of deep breathing.
Our lymph (an important part of our immune system) can also become congested so another great way to spring clean the body is by getting a massage. This is a luxury most of us love so it shouldn’t be too hard to convince you to go treat yourself! Massage helps to stimulate lymph flow and boost the immune system. Dry brushing is another technique you can try. It not only stimulates lymph flow but it also removes dead skin making way for new fresh skin cells. This will leave you feeling refreshed and beautiful from the inside out.
The oral cavity is another area where bad bacteria and toxins can build up. Oil pulling helps to draw out toxins from the oral cavity reducing dental issues as it helps to remove any nasty bacteria. Simply swish 1 tablespoon of coconut oil around in your mouth for 10-20 minutes first thing each morning to experience these wonderful effects. It will also help reduce bad breath and naturally whiten the teeth too.
All these techniques will leave you feeling lighter, fresher, happier, more energised and ready for summer!