Adapting to change has been a universal theme for 2020-21. The journey hasn’t been straightforward but Spring and the change of Seasons is the perfect time to embrace challenges coming your way. The past year of worry & fear has meant an increase in mental suffering. This worry translates into poor sleep and insomnia, which shifts your circadian rhythms making you feel out of balance.
Luckily, Spring is here and it’s time to shake things up. With the hopeful colour of daffodils and the birth of new life, it’s an ideal time to focus on improving your wellbeing, mood and sleep. Spring Equinox is a natural beginning to start living by the seasons, a healthy mantra we can all embody. Living by ‘Luna and Leaf’ for us means living symbiotically with the moon, the seasons and nature. Connecting with nature could be the key to positive transformation in challenging times, so we’ve gathered some thoughts on how to start.
Spring Equinox: Explained
Spring Equinox was on March 20th. It represented the start of Spring, when the Sun is exactly above the Equator meaning the day & night are equal lengths. Not only are the days getting shorter but the earth is getting warmer, seeing a natural energy shift. An optimistic change in energy bringing new birth and opportunity to rejuvenate biorhythms.
Did you know, only us humans have forgotten how to live in sync with the seasons? Animals and plants exist symbiotically with the change of seasons, using it to their advantage. Animals are usually born in Spring as the earth warms up. It’s easier for mothers keeping their newborns warm when it’s not freezing cold, plus there’s more food to forage. Many plants and trees start blossoming in Spring as the earth temperature heats up, flourishing all through the Summer months. In reflection, we can clearly learn a lot from Mother Nature and her cycles. Spring is a time to start fresh like new-born animals while Summer is a time to flourish like a flower.
Spring: New seasonal habits
Mirroring the animal and plant world, we can use the seasonal change to adopt new habits making us feel lighter and brighter, ready for Summer. As we shed off the darker and colder days of Winter, we move into Spring feeling physically and emotionally lighter. More hours of daylight means more time to focus on yourself and connect with nature.
A fantastic way to optimise the start of Spring is a food cleanse. By focusing on nourishing your body with organic fresh vegetables, fruit, broths, whole grains and cutting out the stuff which doesn’t nourish your body, you could see improvements in energy levels and mood. Cutting out sugar, alcohol and white flour products is a good place to start. If you think of your food as medicine, you only want to put the healing medicines inside your body, not the ones that feed disease. So again, living off the food products nature provides is always going to have a positive impact on your physical and mental health.
Spring is also a good time to get outside and soak up the Vitamin D from the sunshine. An essential vitamin to keep your bones healthy and protect from disease. Starting new daily walking habits in the fresh air can be uplifting and grounding. By tuning into the things you see on your walk, it could help calm your mind from busy thoughts. Perhaps spending time focusing on different species of plants, animals, trees, insects or birds you encounter on your jaunt could liberate you from internal worries. Or if there’s nothing to see, you could try focusing on your breath. Connecting with your breath can be a simple yet powerful tool.
Nourishing food, movement, breath, nature and human connection are things we consider valuable in our lives. By putting more focus on things we can control, perhaps the things we can’t control will begin to fade into the background? In our eyes, it’s worth a try.
Seasons, circadian rhythms & CBD oil
Circadian rhythms are physical, mental, and behavioural changes following a 24-hour cycle. And if out of balance, they can affect your eating habits, body temperature and sleep. The seasons affect these rhythms, in Summer there’s more light and we’ll require less sleep. Our circadian rhythm adapts as our eyes are exposed to more evening and morning light. Spring sees the beginning of lighter days and earlier starts which is why a nutritional cleanse is a good way to prepare your body for these changes. We’re building up energy and using more of it day-to-day, becoming more active in the lead up to Summer.
Think of your body as a plant to feed, water and care for so you have optimum enjoyment and can photosynthesise correctly. A good tip for maintaining circadian rhythms is consistent bedtime/morning routines. Cue our soothing Luna & Leaf CBD oil. By incorporating natural remedies like CBD oil into your bedtime routine, you can fall asleep more easily, have better quality sleep and wake up feeling more refreshed. Our circadian rhythms are happy and our energy levels are ready for Spring/Summer fun. Change doesn’t have to be scary, just as the seasons transform throughout the year, so do we.
Mother Nature provides again, living by the seasons and using plants & food as medicine for our wellbeing. It’s the beautiful cycle of life and we want to share it with you.