Making Space for Health
Published on May 6, 2021
by Dr. Caitlin Gordon

Making Space for Health

Published on May 6, 2021 by Dr. Caitlin Gordon

making space for health with relaxation in a hammockWhen you’re feeling taxed by the demands of your life, you need to adjust expectations for how you can show up for yourself and others. Then, it’s time to do an inventory of energy leaks– places in your life where your energy is being drained unnecessarily. Next, take action and make space! This free up resources so you can start to take better care of yourself and have more to give those around you.

Spring is primetime for purging, cleansing, and detoxing all that has been accumulating throughout the slow winter months. We can do this literally and figuratively to experience greater vitality and stress resilience.

Relationship Detox

  • Review your current relationships, and taking a step back from any that feel like a big energy suck.
  • This includes extended family and old friends. You’re allowed to let people know you’re going to take some space to focus on your health.

Digital Detox

  • Delete your social media for a month and see how much better you feel (guaranteed happiness boost).
  • Take 48 hours off your computer.
  • Put your phone in airplane mode for an afternoon.
  • Start small if you have resistance.

Clearing Out Home and Workspace

  • Clear out some clutter from your bedroom, car, garage, or desk, and donate unused items.
  • Deep clean one neglected area of your personal space that needs it.
  • Burn herbs or resins and use the smoke to do an energy clearing of your home or workspace. Name how you want the space to feel as you clear.

Physical Body Detox

  • Does your body feel like it could use a gentle detox?
    • Spring is the optimal time to transition to lighter foods and remove alcohol, fried foods, dairy, and processed sugars.
    • Taking out coffee might even be an experiment you’re ready to try (if you immediately felt defensive, consider why you’re so attached **runs for cover** probably because you’re friggin’ tired and/or there are too few pleasures in your day).
    • Increase in-season vegetables and fruits.
    • If you want a structured detox program, you can purchase my 12-day liver detox protocol here.

Media Detox

  • Turn off the TV news, put down the paper, and get off the internet news sites for a week. Let yourself tune into your emotional state when it’s not being repeatedly hijacked by fear. It isn’t irresponsible to take a break from being “informed”. It’s irresponsible to never unplug.
  • Unfollow social media accounts that do not educate, uplift, or inspire you. Choose to curate your feeds so that your experience on social media feels good and isn’t one of comparison, shame, inadequacy, or anxiety.

More insight into how spring cleaning can help you feel better.

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