Our minds can benefit from a reset just as much as our digestive system. You can choose to do all of these rituals or just a few. (I definitely recommend a long soak in an Epsom salt/essential oil bath.) Below are some rituals that will expand your cleansing experience and help stimulate the natural detoxifying processes built into your amazing body.
5 Senses Purification Morning Ritual
Awaken each of your senses in a gentle and loving manner to aid in the detoxification process and set yourself up for a happier, day. In stimulating each sense, we shift our mindset to a positive, loving, and accepting space.
- Hearing: As you first awaken, listen to something blissful, sounds of nature, your pets snoring, meditative, or soothing music. Share loving words with your family.
- Seeing: Once you’re out of bed, splash your eyes 3 – 6 times with cool water.
- Smelling: Banish germs and bacteria with a neti pot. Dissolve 1/8 – 1/4 tsp neti pot salt in warm water. Bend over a sink and pour 1/2 the liquid into one nostril, letting it drain out the other side. Repeat on the other nostril with the last half of the liquid
- Tasting: Use a tongue scraper every morning to pull off anything white, brown, or yellow these are toxins.) Scrape from back to front.
- Touching: Give yourself a big hug and tell yourself “I love you”. Hug and snuggle with family and pets, if available. Start each morning with a body brushing (see below)
Body brushing stimulates detoxification via your largest organ, your skin! As you exfoliate and massage your skin with a soft, dry brush, you also increase circulation leading to the elimination of bacteria and toxins in the blood and encourage lymph drainage. Over time you might notice brighter, vibrant skin plus improved circulation and a happier mood. Do this first thing in the morning. Use a soft, natural fiber body brush.
- Begin with long, smooth strokes upward from your feet toward your heart.
- Repeat the same motion from your hands inward toward your heart.
- Vary the pressure so it feels good, no pain or scratching.
- Recommended – follow up with a shower and moisturizing lotion.
This is one of my favorite self-care treats, even when I’m not cleansing. A long, hot soak with Epsom salts and a favorite essential oil helps soothe the nerves, increase circulations, decrease inflammation, and prepares your body for extra restful sleep. You can make prepared scented salts (see below) or on the fly add 1/4 a cup Epsom salts while you’re running your bath plus 5-6 drops of soothing essential oil, like lavender or peppermint.
Ginger Spice Detox Bath Salt Recipe (8 baths)
- 2 cup Epsom Salt
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup ground ginger
- 20 drops Essential oil
- Soothing: lavender, bergamot, palo santo
- Mind boost: lemongrass, lemon, orange
- Clear Congestion: eucalyptus, peppermint, rosemary
Daily meditation during the cleanse (and beyond) reduces stress and controls anxiety. It promotes self-awareness and emotional health, lengthens attention span, generates kindness, and may help age-related memory loss. There are many ways (apps like Calm can help) to meditate, so find what works for you. I personally like a little breathwork to align my focus and then slip into silent meditation. Try the channel clearing breathwork for 5 – 20 min then silent meditation for another 5 – 20.
Our bodies were built to move and today’s sedentary lifestyle often leaves us stiff and achy. Go for a walk, dance in the kitchen, take stretch breaks, do what feels good, and is fun, so you’ll keep at it. Try my morning yoga sequence to energize for the day and the bedtime yoga sequence to prepare your body for extra restful sleep.
Time in nature
Getting out into nature re-connects us with the earth from where we came. It is grounding and centering. Even 10 minutes a day outside has been shown to boost your mood and fight depression. Walk in a nearby park, take a hike, or a stroll along the beach. Turn off the phone and tune into your surroundings. What do you hear, see, smell, taste, and feel? Touch trees, grass, and sand. Mingle with Mother Nature and feel realigned inside and with the planet.
Mindful eating is a form of meditation that helps you be more present and focused during your meals. You will become more in-tune with your body, emotions, and physical sensations, such as cues of fullness etc. It can be used to treat depression, anxiety, and eating disorders or simply experience the full enjoyment of every meal.
- Appreciate the look and smell of your food before you begin to eat
- Eliminate distractions such as tv, computers, and phones
- Eat slowly and chew thoroughly
- Eat in silence.
- Focus on how food makes you feel. Tastes, textures, emotions, etc.
- Stop eating when you are 4/5 full. Satiated and not heavy full.
Putting pen to paper is very powerful. Even if no one ever reads the words, including you. It can help you quickly purge thoughts and ideas that are not serving you. It can also help you see themes and organize your thoughts, revealing your heart’s true desires. I recommend journalling for 5 – 20 minutes every day during the cleanse. Let your mind and your pen flow, no correcting, no judgement. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- What do I love about fall?
- Finish the sentence, “Right now I am…” Then finish the sentence, “I want to be…”
- Choose a single positive word to focus on today (joy, love, strength, courage, gratitude, abundance) Write about the ways you’ve experienced this word lately and all the ways you want to
- What is something I was to do/achieve for myself? My health? Career? Family? Fun?
- What are 10 things I’m grateful for today?
- I feel satisfied in life when I do these things…
- A year from now I see myself…
- Describe your most perfect day. Money and time are no object.
- Write a list of today’s wins, big or small. Celebrate each one.
- If I could hide away and do anything I want today, I would be here doing this:
- Journal about a habit you enjoy that de-stresses or boosts your mood. Describe how you become when you are immersed in this practice. How does it make you feel? How can you make room in your life for this more often?
Bonus points: General Self-Care
If you have a go-to routine that always calms and relaxes you, this is a great time to treat yourself. Perhaps it’s a natural face mask or reserving a few hours to curl up with a good book. Transitioning into fall is about slowing down and listening to our bodies. What does your body need?