24

January 24, 2017

We are about ⅓ of the way through winter here in Upstate, NY. I generally don’t like to “count down” too much, not only to respect time but to give “staying in the moment” a fighting chance. Still, it’s all too easy to live for the summer, the weekend, the 5 o’clock hour, etc.

I personally love the sun, playing in the waves, and having the convenience of walking outside without so many layers that I could pass for the Michelin man! 🙂

Of course, there is always the choice to move to a year-round destination where the temps coast along in the 80’s, but I have a deep relationship with my family, who are all based in this area. For now, my home includes seasons…all four of them! So, I have good practice when it comes to finding ways to embrace the depth of the darkest one.

Here are a few things that I’ve found can help beat the winter blues:

 Move

Keep the circulation pumping! Not only does blood flow enhance your mood, it is awesome for heart health and mental acuity. A good hike or a sassy Zumba class can be just “what the doctor ordered” when it comes to changing your mental state.

Meditate

Winter is a time of going inward and an opportunity to enjoy the quiet. Many species naturally take the winter season to hibernate. A clever mechanism employed in order to survive when the temperatures are freezing and the food supply scarce. It is also a wonderful time to shut out external stimulus and rest our senses.

By closing our eyes and taking some time each day to connect with our body and breath, it can open up the space for new things. People who meditate have reported benefits from increased creativity to profound peace. If you are new to meditation, there are several apps that can assist – Pacifica is set-up to help you track your moods in order to manage stress and anxiety, as well as offers a community aspect for support. The Mindfulness app touts “a more relaxed and healthier state of mind” when you use their product regularly.

 

Embrace Winter

 

Meet-up

When I was looking out my window today, I noticed how much fun the deer were having! I watched them for quite a while. Despite it being frigid, they were happily prancing around, chasing one another, and displaying a playful attitude.

As much as winter can lend itself to solitude, it is important to safeguard against isolation. Having a few things scheduled on the calendar to join with like minds can do a world of good. Inject some levity into your life. Put away the “to do” list for a couple of hours and let loose. Be playful and curious….just like the wildlife.

Most of us need community in our lives in one form or another. Carve the time out to tap into your friends and family resource. Connecting and sharing is probably one of the easiest ways to uplift your mood and warm the soul.

Embrace Winter

Going with the attributes of the season not only can help our minds and emotions but nurture our bodies as well.

If you’d like more information on natural ways to uplift your mood, email me. I will send you my “Aromatherapy for Depression, from Blues to Bright,” an article that was published in the International Journal for Holistic Aromatherapy.

Until next time…breathe joy,

Kc

Integrative Business Advisor