Skin + Body
- Dry Brushing
Before your showers and baths, take the time to dry brush your body in order to stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage, release toxins, and remove dead skin cells.
- Detoxifying Bath Soak
Once or twice a week, add a detoxifying soak to your warm baths. Choose the soak based on the issues you are facing which, in the colder seasons, tend to consist of muscle aches, colds and flus, and fevers.
- Moisturizing Primer
In the morning, create your own moisturizing primer before applying your makeup. Simply blend together a facial mist with your favorite moisturizer and apply while massaging the face and neck. This will not only help to moisturize dry cold-weather skin, but will prime your face so that makeup lasts much longer.
- Elevated Hydration
To kick off your detox, aim to drink a few extra cups of water beyond the daily recommended amount. Elevate your water by adding a squeeze of lemon juice and honey or a few drops of liquid chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has a handful of benefits including the fact that it is a detoxifying cleanser for the body, plus it tastes oddly good.
- Hot Stone Massage
As the weather gets colder, book yourself a hot stone massage to reduce aches and encourage blood flow in addition to obviously being incredibly relaxing.
- Infrared Sauna
Spending time in the infrared sauna is yet another great way to detox the body, improve circulation, and improve your skin. If possible, spend the day at a spa with an infrared sauna when you get your hot stone massage. You can even buy one of the saunas online for your home, which is incredibly tempting.
- Practice Yoga Daily
Whether this is in addition to your regular workout or takes place on rest day, I highly suggest taking even the smallest amount of time each day to practice restorative yoga. On days when you aren't feeling it, at least cycle through a few sun salutations---I promise, doing anything will make you feel better.
- Ayurvedic Foods
Begin introducing seasonal ayurvedic foods into your diet. For autumn, this means focusing on foods that balance the vata dosha such as oily, high-protein, high-fat, warming foods that are sweet, sour, or salty. Some recommendations are honey, carrots, beets, sweet potatoes, cooked apples, avocados, pumpkins, brown rice, quinoa, amaranth, miso, kidney beans, nuts and seeds, ghee, kefir, and maple syrup----so, basically everything you already want! Banyan Botanicals has a lot more great ideas for balancing vata.
- Treat Yourself
Take time to relax and do whatever you feel like doing, whether that is reading Voltaire or watching The Mindy Project. Whatever you choose, I recommend wearing a cozy robe.
- Daily Meditation
In conjunction with daily yoga practice, aim to make time for daily meditation. Five to fifteen minutes per day is enough to calm the mind, focus on new goals, and begin healing internal conflicts.
- Set New Goals
Autumn always feels like the mental new year for me, possibly because I've been in school for the majority of my life. This season is a great time for new inspiration, starting new projects, and setting new goals. Buy yourself a cute notebook and begin determining what things you would like to work on through the winter.
Journaling is a great add-on to any meditation practice, as it allows you to release negative emotions but also keep track of internal and external progress. I like Alex Ikonn's Five Minute Journal in particular because it has guiding prompts, but an empty notebook is perfect for more emotional journals.
- Purge Your Belongings
Clear your home of any old papers, unnecessary clutter, and even decor items that no longer work in the space. For the longest time, I wasn't totally happy with my kitchen. I always felt like it was too cluttered and overwhelming. The other day, I removed a basket from the counter and replaced with with a single candle and it totally changed the feel of the entire space.
- Light Your Candles
Speaking of candles (as I often do), they really make a huge difference in setting the mood of your environment. For autumn, choose candles with warm, woodsy, oriental scents like these. The calming scent and flicker of the flame can be the perfect remedy for relaxation.
- Burn Sage
Cleanse the energy of your space by burning a sage smudge stick in the corners of each room. You can also experiment with burning Palo Santo for different autumnal aroma.
- Clean with Essential Oils
Perform a deep cleanse of your countertops, bathrooms, and appliances using a nice blend of essential oils. For an even better cleaning ritual, burn your candles and turn on a relaxing playlist as well.
How do you like to prepare your mind, body, and home for fall?