Every so often I find myself in a funk, like an overwhelming sense of despair and confusion not really knowing what’s next or why I feel this way. So I started to ask myself what is happening, is it the weather? Is it a mid-life crisis? Is there an actual reason here? Sometimes the answer to all the above is no.
As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, many of us find ourselves with the winter blues. The lack of sunlight, colder weather, and shorter days can impact our mood and energy levels. And yet there are times during the year where it’s bright and sunny and I find myself in the same vibe. Why is that?
Being in a winter cycle (even when it’s summer outside) means that we are kicking off a cycle of growth! I once heard a guru say that when we are in a state of confusion it means we are on the right path, it is through the slowing down and standing still that we are able to listen, reconnect, and realign to our essence. And thereby gain clarity. Instead of trying to find what’s next, consider standing still for 21 days, just BE!
Afterall, renewal, growth, birth, and metamorphosis only come after the period of death and decay of winter & hibernation.
Here are a few practical and straightforward ways to beat those winter blues and bring some warmth back into your life.
Embrace the Light:
One of the main contributors to the winter blues is the reduced exposure to sunlight. Sunlight helps regulate our body's internal clock and promotes the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that contributes to feelings of well-being. To combat this, try to maximize your exposure to natural light. Open your curtains, take short walks during daylight hours, and position yourself near windows when indoors.
Exercise has a powerful impact on our mood and energy levels. While it might be tempting to hibernate during the winter, incorporating physical activity into your routine can do wonders for your mental health. You don't need to run a marathon – even a short daily walk, a home workout, or a dance session in your living room can make a significant difference.
Bring the Outdoors In:
If the weather outside is frightful, bring a touch of nature indoors. Adding some houseplants to your living space not only enhances the aesthetics but also contributes to better air quality and can boost your mood. Choose low-maintenance plants like succulents or snake plants that can thrive in indoor conditions.
Connect with Others:
Winter can sometimes make us feel isolated, but social connections are crucial for our well-being. Make an effort to spend time with friends and family, even if it's just a virtual gathering. Share a cup of tea, play games online, or have a cozy movie night together. Social interactions can provide a much-needed emotional lift.
Speaking of which, join our virtual Winter Solstice Ceremony on December 21st at 4pm PT.
Indulge in activities that bring you joy. Whether it's reading a good book, trying out a new recipe, or pampering yourself with a warm bath, taking time for activities you love can lift your spirits. Winter is an excellent time to explore hobbies or engage in activities that make you feel happy and fulfilled.
Winter often invites us to snuggle up and get extra rest. Ensure you're getting enough sleep each night to support your overall well-being. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule, create a relaxing bedtime routine, and make your sleep environment as comfortable as possible.
Beating the winter blues doesn't have to be complicated. By incorporating these simple tips into your daily routine, you can bring warmth and positivity back into your life. Embrace the light, stay active, connect with loved ones, and prioritize self-care.