Shedding Winter Away

Shedding Winter Away

Winter is a delicate time of year. Life turns inward, you tend to your home, your family, your hobbies- all things that bring you comfort. The days are short and nights are long. These nights bring longer pauses, slower movements, and instill more reflective thoughts. As the months progress, changes occur. Between each season, a transition begins to take place. In the space between the winter months and spring, we have a natural urge to shed, cleanse, move, and shift. Here are five ways to release and rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit during this period of transformation.

Spring Clean Your ClosetSpring Clean Your Closet

Obviously, as the seasons change, so will your wardrobe. You surely don’t need all those sweaters, scarves, and layering pieces. What can you retire for the spring season that is quickly settling in? Taking these items out of your closet and tucking them away can provide you with more space and airy feeling. Picking out your daily look will be much easier in a less cluttered space. Better yet- what can you say goodbye to for good? Donating these pieces is a feel-good way to give yourself more room.

Exfoliate During Each Shower With Scrubs

Winter can harden us, the elements are harsher and more extreme. Our skin can become rougher and increasingly dry throughout the season. One of our favorite ways to shed the build up is with botanical body scrubs. These are usually made with sea salt or sugar, blended with nourishing carrier and essential oils. Incorporating these scrubs into your shower routine is a quick and easy way to sluff off the dead skin and moisturize at the same time. They leave you feeling soft and smooth as you step out of the shower!

Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask

 

Experiment With Weekly Facial Peels

Feel like your skin becomes dull and lifeless over the cold months? Try introducing a facial peel as a weekly pick-me-up! Simply put, facial peels are a way to exfoliate the skin. You might be used to using scrubs that use a mechanical texture to rub off dead skin. Peels are different
in that they use naturally occurring acids that penetrate deeper into the skin to remove dead skin cells. Peels help to enhance the rest of your skincare routine. Anything that follows the peel such as a serum or moisturizer is able to be more effective because it does not have to work its way through layers of dead skin. Your skin will feel lighter, brighter, and more radiant. Just like spring! Book yourself for a peel in our healthful, luxurious spa.

Start Dry Brushing 

Dry brushing must be one of the most underrated self-care practices. It is so easy to fit into your daily routine and you can feel its energizing and cleansing effects instantly. We love it for its oodles of benefits- improving digestion, sloughing off dead skin cells, reducing the appearance of cellulite, boosting circulation, and helping the body move through toxins more effectively. Our skin is our largest organ and one of the most critical when it comes to detoxing. Just under our skin lays our lymphatic system. Our lymphatic system is a web of tissues and organs that work together to help rid the body of buildup and toxins. Unlike any other system in the body, the lymph does not contain a central pump (like the heart in the cardiovascular system). Because of this, the movement and transport of the lymph is slow and dependant on peristalsis from either the contraction and relaxation of smooth muscles, or manual stimuli; like dry brushing! Here’s a few tips on how to get the most out of dry brushing!

  1. Dry brushing can be very invigorating, therefore, this technique is done ideally before showering in the morning.
  2. Brush from the outside in. Start at your toes and brush in gentle and consistent, upward direction. To move as much lymphatic fluid as possible, your motions should mimic a slow rolling wave or the consistency of honey. You can go over areas of cellulite 2-3 times over.
  3. When you reach your torso, brush in the direction of intestinal flow to enhance digestion. The flow begins in the ascending colon in the lower right corner of the abdomen, brush up and across to the left side to follow the transverse colon. From here, brush down to the to trace the descending colon.
  4. Move to the tips of your fingers and brush up your arms to the chest area, where the lymphatic system drains.
  5. In areas of high lymph node concentration, such as the armpits and breast tissue, brush 2-3 times over.
  6. The pressure should feel good and never like it’s breaking or damaging skin. If you’re someone with sensitive skin, purchase a brush with soft bristles. If you’re the type of person who likes more stimulation, pick one up with more firm bristles.

Let Go Of Emotions That No Longer Serve YouJournaling

Let’s face it, life is hard. Everyone goes through their own battles and experiences that trigger hard emotions such as grief, sorrow, regret, resentment, and sadness. These emotions are not negative, they teach us how to grow and force us to learn a whole lot. They only become negative when they fester and stop us from enjoying the things you once loved. Unresolved emotions that create stress and inner turmoil can even manifest as physical symptoms. It is time to let go, and everyone will do this differently. Maybe you need to sit down and have a challenging talk with a friend or loved one about something that needs to be resolved. Another idea to help release emotions is journaling or writing down your feelings. These types of emotions can make us dizzy and unclear in our thoughts and decision making. Writing it down can help you gain clarity and process the feelings. Putting your thoughts on paper, and getting them out, will give you some headspace. Sometimes we begin to feel a negative emotion and shut it out completely, never going beneath the surface of it because it may be dark and uncomfortable. Try sitting with it, feel it fully, let that feeling move through you so you can honour its existence and then be free of it. Once you have allowed yourself to let go of such feelings, you’ll notice how much lighter you feel.

–  “These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb” – Najwa Zebian

jessica o.
jessica o.
Jessica is a life sized fairy who devotes her life to helping others cultivate better versions of themselves. She believes that true beauty comes from a being that is nourished on all levels; body, mind, spirit. She is a Certified Holistic Nutritionist, has a diploma in Holistic Health, and is a birth doula.

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