I hope all of you are staying warm and healthy in this new year! I know how challenging this cold weather can be. We often feel the effects in our physical body- in our joints, our muscles, our skin- as well as in our emotional and mental bodies. It can be beneficial to “hole up” during this time. If done with intention it can be quite healing. Be attentive however to the temptation to isloate. Sometimes our dramatic climate can become an excuse to not interact with the world. As with all things, we must strive for balance. We must listen to the need to retreat but also continue to feel connected and involved with our communities. Be particularly aware if you have a history of seasonal affective disorder or depression at this time of year. Here are also some simple tips to stay balanced and healthy this season…
WATER! Have you noticed how dry your hands and feet are? Your insides are dry too so remember to drink 8-10 glasses or more each day. Dehydration doesn’t just happen in the warmer months.
HEALTHY OILS! Make sure you’re getting lots of them in your diet- from nuts, fish, avocados- and consider taking a supplement if you struggle with low moods.
SUNLIGHT! Get your Vitamin D each day. You may need a supplement or a therapy light to help you along during these dark months. Sometimes though just sitting at a window allowing the light on your face will help.
NATURE! It’s a little bit cold to be doing much activity outside. It can actually be a boost to your system just to think about the outdoors, to see pictures of nature or to hear the sounds of nature. And on those days when it warms up (above zero!) push yourself to get outside a little bit every day.
CONNECTION! Call that friend or loved one that you haven’t connected with in awhile. A tea date in February is sometimes just what one needs!