Taking care in the winter months can feel like drudgery, especially when we are nearing the tail-end. We might be all hopped up on carbs and caffeine or left over sweets from Valentine's day.
Now is the time to focus.
Now is the time to reconnect.
Now is the time to slowly let go of winters hold on us.
Here are some beautiful and simple ways to get back in touch with your body & pamper it while getting ready to greet Spring at the door.
Go out and get yourself one of those stiff bristled brushes with a wooden handle. You can usually find them in the bath section of your health food store or even your local pharmacy. When you're ready, go into your bathroom, lock the door and light a few candles. Sometimes a few drops of eucalyptus oil on the bristles is nice. Take off your clothes and look at the image in the mirror that glows in the soft light, allow your thoughts about yourself to soften. Starting at your feet, use long sweeping brush strokes always moving towards your heart. Legs, thighs, hips, belly, buttocks, arms, shoulders and back if you can get to it. With each stroke send some loving vibes to yourself.
This will feel so amazing.
Dry brushing not only exfoliates the entire body, but encourages lymph flow and the removal of toxins. Since our skin is our largest organ, dry brushing helps to keep it clear and well circulated. Once your done, hop in the shower and go through your everyday cleaning ritual. Once your out, a nice slather of coconut or sesame oil is mighty nice
Sweat it out.
Find a sauna, a steam room or a hot yoga class. Release all those built up winter toxins. Hydration is of the utmost importance here so don't forget to flush your system with filtered water and fresh juice afterwards.
None of these an option for you? No worries. Drawing a hot bath is just as beneficial. When we submerge our gorgeous selves in hot water our pores open up and we gently detox as the water cools.
Try adding some of the following to your next self care session:
1 cup raw cider vinegar (balances an overly acidic body and soften skin)
1 cup of sea salt (helps to release toxins and heal skin)
1/3 - 1/2 cup of baking soda (eliminates chlorine in the water and boost alkalinity)
1/3 -1/2 cup of fresh grated ginger wrapped in cheese-cloth ( increases circulation, opens pores and makes you sweat)
While you lay back and relax bring some water to sip on with you. Detoxing like this can also be dehydrating. You mind feel a little lightheaded after about 15-20 minutes. Slowly get out of the bath and towel off. You probably will even feel a little tired. Take it easy, grab your comfy pants and park yourself in bed or on the couch for a bit and keep drinking water.
Commune with your third Chakra.
Winter is cold for most of us and in these last few weeks of winter we need to keep the fire burning in our bodies. The third Chakra or the Solar Plexus is found below the sternum and above the stomach. This area is considered our "power center". When out of balance we may display workaholic tendencies, perfectionism, depression or lack of self confidence. Getting in touch with our emotions and finding our own sense of balance is key.
There are many ways to stoke the fire in our center but one of my favorites ways is through what we choose to eat. Incorporating more yellow foods into your diet will help you gain a clearer sense of purpose, end procrastination and help with the winter blues. It's essential to steer clear of processed sugars at this time because it will hinder your efforts to support the solar plexus.
Next time you sit down to plan a meal think about ways you can add more sun energy into it. Here are some of my favorites I like to work in:
Wishing you much love, light and joy these last few weeks of winter lovelies!
Stephanie is a certified holistic health and lifestyle coach. She works with women to help them discover their inner radiance through the food they eat and the homes they keep. Her newest program focusing on sacred space making called Feathering the Nest is now open for registration.