For those of you who have known me a long time, you probably know that I am not a fan of winter and winter in New England is LOOOONG. Many of you may also not know that March is the single hardest month for me. It’s my birthday month so one would think it would bring special memories and a time to celebrate but it does not. It brings out the worst in me. I get depressed, angry, and negative. I see it happening and it takes ALL my energy not to let these feelings take over competely but it seems to linger under the surface.
I have been known to impulsively book a trip to a warm weather client at the last minute to get out of town in the month of March. I would mortgage my house to get somewhere warm in March or just have a change of scenery. I am a very practical and sensible person…until March. It’s so consistent for me, that we started to prepare for it. The past two years we have gone away in February during the kids’ spring break thinking it will help with March but it does not. Sometimes booking a trip in April helps because we have something to look forward to but its not as mentally beneficial as a March trip.
Now, I know that some of these negative feelings are from my own attitude and I need to be more grateful and appreciative of the month of March. I could change my relationship with March by changing my perspective. However, this is a life long issue for me that wont change over night and there are some physical issues that contribute too…Vitamin D deficiencies, being stuck inside a lot, being cold, less activity, etc. The sun just brings happy and calm to my life. I absolutely love it’s warmth and energy.
So today I was trying to pull myself out of my mid-March funk and found this article about Spring Cleaning your mind and body…a clearing of mental clutter.
In this article, you will find tips for changing your life by changing your thoughts AND detoxifying your body by a doing an Ayurvedic cleanse which is meant to rest and reset the digestive system, eliminate toxins, and simultaneously remove excess vata, pitta, and kapha from the body – all of which serve to promote improved balance and overall health.
Even if you do not do the full cleansing ritual, just following the preparation will help set you in a better direction.
“For a few days leading up to your cleanse, focus on cleaning up your diet and habits to prepare the body for an effective cleanse. You will want to eliminate (or at least dramatically reduce) your use of coffee, caffeine, tobacco products, alcohol, and any recreational drugs. At the same time, reduce your intake of fast foods, processed foods, meat, refined sugars, and sweets. During this time, eat as many simple, whole foods as possible (fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds).”
So if you are also struggling with winter blues, being cold, gaining weight, feeling blah, …then maybe you too need a reset of your physical and mental state.
This was a good reminder that eating out, emotional eating, drinking alcohol, not sleeping well, and focusing on what I dislike instead of what I am grateful for are all making it worse. It’s time to shift and clean up my act.
Tomorrow I have a mini yoga retreat. This will be a good day for me to start resetting my bad habits and I will consider doing the cleanse.
Spring is here!
Time to re-awaken nature and our best selves.