By Seema Chaudhary, Naturopathic Nutritionist
The ending of autumn evokes a time of change. We see another year draw closer to winter, as the leaves gently settle on the ground, and the crisp, cold mornings become more frequent.
For a mindset detox, a symbolic act may help your outlook. This might entail some deep restorative decluttering, or finding some dry, crisp leaves from the park, writing down past negative emotions on them, then crumbling the leaves to dust for the wind to carry away. It is important to reflect, let go…and breathe! To give ourselves an hour before bedtime to get into a good sleep hygiene regime. Take some space and time to be you! Just as we respect the changing seasons, so then we must respect the movement from day to night.
We can limit blue light from screen use at this time too. Paving the way for sleep with a warm bath or even journaling can be restorative. We give our youngsters a warm bath to set them up for sleep, so why not ourselves. And inadvertently, in this quiet meditative time, as we prepare for sleep, we also begin to renourish our souls.
Here are my 5 top tips for a seasonal detox:
-Add seasonal berries like cranberries and raspberries
-Have a day of warm soups, broth and stews
-Hydrate with a morning glass of warm water and lemon juice
-Journal or declutter to release old negative wounds
-Take a warm bath with no blue light from screens before bed