Though summer isn’t over yet, the start of the school year certainly signifies a change of pace. Even if you aren’t returning to school, I can still feel the change in lifestyle as everyone gears up for different schedules, and summer adventures start to slow down. This time of transition is the perfect time to reevaluate what you need out of your schedule, and maybe even detox some of the craziness of summer.
For the second year in a row, I’m finding myself feeling really off not going back to school this fall. I see the college students scrambling on their skateboards to get to class, and I feel like I should be amongst them. But, I’m not. It’s weird to be in the “real world,” where my life is no longer broken up into perfect little semesters, but instead carries on indefinitely. By choice.
Summer is incredible, and has always had a dear space in my heart. Even this first year not having a “summer break” I found myself in summer break mentality–and spent the whole summer adventuring the best way I know how.
However, I feel the power and beauty in the change of seasons. There is a power and grace of regular schedules, real obligation, and more stable living. I think the start of school tends to be a wonderful time to reflect on habits and routines that you are currently participating. It’s often a time when new things are added into the schedule, and obligations begin to take over.
It’s the perfect time to reassess your priorities, and make sure you are getting what you need to out of life. It can be a great way to cleanse out the chaos of summer, and ground yourself in your own needs and obligations.
Here’s some tips to add daily self-love, and a little bit of detox, into your routine:
1). Drink water with lemon.
Hydrating is such a wonderful thing when you first wake up in the morning, since your body has gone something like 8 hours without water. Adding lemon to water is the perfect mix to hydrate, and start detoxing right out of the gate. If you’re a fan of warm drinks, warm water with lemon is a beautiful thing.
2). Dry brush
Dry brushing is a great way to promote circulation, get rid of dead skin cells, and give your skin an added sense of love. I also think it’s a wonderful act of getting to know your body better, as you work with and acknowledge your skins needs each day.
3). Fresh air
Getting out for a walk first thing in the morning is not only a great way to wake up, but also a great way to take in some of the freshest air of the day straight to your lungs. Better yet, find a nearby trail and go for a hike or trail run. In the midst of wildfire season, it’s still so important to find ways to get fresh air into your lungs.
4). Eat asparagus
Asparagus has cleansing properties which flush out your system of toxins. They are also so perfect at this point in the season, you just can’t go wrong.
5). Eat more greens
The go-to for any type of detoxing, and an easy way to boost your nutrient intake. Make fresh salads, infuse greens into your omelettes, try your hand at green smoothies. Whatever you do, make sure it’s something you really love.
6). Add chia pudding to your diet
The gelatinous mixture that chia seeds make in the pudding is a great way to flush out your system. If you try this cacao chia pudding, you will satisfy cravings, eat up antioxidants, and flush your cells with loads of protein and nutrients.
7). Try a bentonite clay mask
Especially if you are transitioning from not ever wearing make-up, to wearing make-up regularly (ahem, me), this clay is a great way to get extra junk out of your pores. The clay also draws out toxins, and is incredible healing, and drying if humidity and sweat are bringing you down.
I love writing three pages in my journal first thing when I wake up. It’s the perfect way to get out anything that’s bothering or worrying me, so I don’t have to take that fear and anxiety and carry it with me like a burden all day. Journaling has been an incredibly healing practice in my life, as there is something powerful giving yourself the space and time you deserve to let your thoughts flow.
9). Make physical space
The transition of seasons is a great time to go through your clothes and physical belongings and evaluate what’s worth keeping over through next year. I’m still going strong on the capsule wardrobe, and found myself avoiding certain pieces all summer. Getting rid of anything that’s just “taking up space” can be incredibly freeing and lightening. Making physical space around you frees up your energy, so you make energetic space as well.
10). Clear the air
I love spraying orange essential oil mixed with water to clear my personal space. It smells so fresh and vibrant, and is the perfect way to re-vamp my living space if it’s feeling clustered or in an energy lull.
How do you handle transition of schedules? Do you have certain fall detox routines you love to do? I’d love to hear about it!