By Sacha Jones
You may frequently hit the reset button on a lot of your trendy gadgets, but there is one piece of valuable equipment that is guaranteed to last a lifetime if you regularly reset it. And that valuable item happens to be you.
This week, I invite you to hit your personal reset button and begin your life-renewing program by holistically cleansing your body and soul.
Now, if you've had experience with cleansing in the past, your mind might be going in the direction of lemon, cayenne, and maple syrup—but fear not, because this is not where we’re going. Those types of cleanses, while they serve a purpose, are not really sustainable, and there is a high risk of “falling off the cayenne wagon” and indulging in reuben sandwiches and martinis followed by a heaping helping of guilt and shame!
Think of a holistic reset button as framing the big picture—a kinder, gentler way to support you and your life as you go forward. This cleanse serves as a reminder of what you intuitively already know you need, and acts like a springboard into wellness. It will help you shed the layers of winter and open your heart into the possibilities that spring will soon bring as you gracefully reconnect with your body's needs, releasing toxins and boosting your hard-working immune system.
A holistic cleanse recognizes that it’s not just your eating habits that might need some TLC, so it's important to look at all of your surroundings. Start by looking around your home. Maybe you want to get rid of those chemicals under your sink, bring in fresh flowers, open the windows, change your bed sheets, wash your clothes and body with natural soaps, turn off your TV, take a media break. How about giving away some unwanted clutter that is no longer serving you? Or having a look inside the fridge and the pantry, parting with those foods with questionable ingredients and overdue expiration dates?
A few “reset button” rituals to start you on your path:
Hydration, hydration, hydration: Starting your day with a big glass of filtered tap water will rev up your body and get your day started on a positive note. It also helps encourage elimination—ideally you really want to empty your bowels first thing in the morning so you may start your day fresh.
Stretch and breathe: When you get up in the morning, do what your pet does: stretch! Dedicate some time and mission to inhale love and positivity and exhale big sighs, letting go of things you don't need anymore. Your exhale may just help you shed the stress you're subconsciously deeply attached to, even though it’s not serving you. Feel in your body where you may be experiencing pain or soreness, and breathe into that area until those feelings subside. For women it may be in your hips where you carry a lot of your emotions. For men it can be a tight jaw or a stiff neck.
Keep a journal: While journaling ask yourself, “Why do I want to re-set my wellness button?” and “How will I go about doing this?”
“Altar” your world: Clear a spot on your desk, a shelf, even a side table, and make a mini altar. Praise yourself and place items on the altar that represent the changes you have made while on your path. Have fun and share it with your friends. You might inspire them to do the same or support you on your quest to reset!
Switch it up: Get rid of your daily coffee ritual and introduce yourself to delicious herbal teas. Start to let go of people in your life that don’t help you grow, instead seeking out those who want to see you blossom. Cleansing itself will become your new ritual.
Go plant a plant: Think of what planting represents to you. To watch something grow is witnessing transformation. Maybe you’re holding a grudge or have a certain personality trait that’s holding you back from life’s joys. Let them go and let them grow.
Relish the feeling of freedom: Feel the freedom of no longer being attached to addictions, habits, fears, or toxicity, and introduce all that nourishes your heart, mind, body, and soul.
About the author: Sacha Jones is a NYC-based celebrant and a holistic wellness counselor in the East Village of NYC. She runs a holistic wellness practice, Stiggly Holistics, where she works with a wide variety of people as they hit their re-set buttons. Sacha loves living in NYC even though she misses her family and friends back in the UK. She loves collards, really good chocolate, cooking, yoga, pottery, and biking around the city. She lives with her beautiful husband, Mike.