Do you go into a cleaning frenzy when the seasons change? I do! Each time Labor Day rolls around, I tackle my closets, kitchen, and work spaces with a burst of enthusiasm, putting things in order and eliminating all the dross that’s accumulated over the summer.
Fall’s approach is also the perfect time to de-clutter your body and mind. Detoxing is popular now, but juice cleanses fall short. I far prefer the advice of Lori Fish Bard, an Integrative Health and Wellness Counselor in Bethesda, MD. She offers high-leverage ways to refresh your body, mind, and home. Follow her advice and you’ll feel lighter, clearer, and motivated to move forward in your life.
First, let’s talk body.
- Eliminate processed (fake) foods. They hinder your circulatory and excretory systems and leave you feeling bloated, tired, and heavy.
- Sip warm water with lemon throughout the day. This is a gentle, natural, and effective way to trigger the release of excess fluids that cause bloating and toxicity.
- Experiment with an elimination diet to easily test for allergies or sensitivities. Start by eliminating dairy, gluten, soy, and eggs for two weeks. Then add in one of these allergens every three days. Notice if you have any unpleasant reactions or symptoms. (Check first with your health practitioner for guidance.)
Next, master your mind.
- Practice gratitude. Each morning, write down 3–5 things for which you feel grateful. When you’re grateful for what you already have, everything you want flows more easily.
- End the day with a “brain dump.” Write down what’s weighing on your mind and make a to-do list for tomorrow. This wipes clean your mental slate and helps you sleep without anxiety.
- Experiment with meditation. Start by sitting and breathing deeply for 3–5 minutes. If it feels good, meditate for longer and explore different techniques to see what you like best. If you need guidance, try one of the many free meditation apps.
A clear, calm environment fosters a peaceful mind and balanced body.
- Scour your closet and drawers. Toss anything that no longer fits and/or makes you feel great into a large garbage bag. Sell or donate these things.
- Choose non-toxic cleaning products. Replace commercial brands with items that use the natural cleansing power of essential oils, natural soaps, and household staples like apple cider vinegar and lemon.
- Open your windows frequently to improve air circulation. Diffuse essential oils or burn candles to absorb food scents and naturally keep the air fresh.