Winter officially starts next week and with the change in weather our habits can often change…to our detriment.
Those vibrant autumn colours of lime green to flame red, deep orange and sunset yellow are now fading, heralding the start of winter. Heaters are on around the clock, doors and windows shut, and the majority of our time is now spent indoors and away from nature.
…but we don’t have to accept feeling down or disconnected as part of this change in season…
Winter is a time to step back, rest and recharge the mind, body and spirit. It is the season for hibernation, storage and restoration as reflected in nature’s own habits. It is the soft hand of nature encouraging you to slow and reset.
In this period of change, take the time to savour nutritious meals with friends or family, eating slowly and deliberately, engaging our senses as part of a daily mindfulness regime. At times we can be stuck indoors, sedentary, whilst the winter weather wars on; however, our intellect and mental and emotional health all need due care and attention and winter patiently provides an opportunity for personal reflection and restoration of inner power.
Cultivate and maintain healthy habits:
There are any number of mindful habits to choose from coming into winter; perhaps a daily diary or art/sketch pad entry will help to pique and nourish your emotional and creative side. Documentaries can help stimulate the intellect and the spark of curiosity for life. There are any number of free documentaries to watch online such as at Top Documentary Films, Documentary Heaven and on YouTube. Winter is also a perfect time to reconnect with your intuition; so a documentary such as Innsaei may help you to start this journey back.
A daily affirmations YouTube playlist can roll on whilst you sit down for a healthy, warming breakfast each morning.
Gentle stretching exercises early in the morning or late at night will help to minimise the contractive effects the cold weather can have on our body. Yoga is a fantastic way to connect your mind with your body and regulate breathing. If you don’t have the time or money to go to a yoga class or simply don’t want to venture outside in the cold there is a wonderful website called Doyogawithme.com. It has a host of yoga videos to stream in the comfort of your own home, whenever you like, regardless of whether you’ve tried yoga before or not.
Even taking the time to watch the rain fall on the ground whilst sipping warming herbal teas such as lemon and ginger or peppermint or cinnamon and cloves can enliven the senses and evoke feelings of gratitude and belonging.
The famous French philosopher, author, and journalist Albert Camus puts it beautifully:
“In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer”.
Unfortunately sometimes workloads, family life and general life stress don’t slow down for us with the change in season and our body and immune systems are often more susceptible to respiratory problems, colds and flu and general burn-out. It’s at this time we need to especially nurture our body, as well as our mind, often giving it a little extra help to maintain balance.
Fortunately homeopathy is an incredible tool to do just this.
Remember, there is nothing more important in your daily life than your own health and well-being.
Yours in health,
Written by Carmen Jose for Evolving Health Clinic