Well, winter has arrived whether we were all ready for it or not! Daylight’s Saving Time is this Sunday, November 4th and if there is something I have noticed as I have gotten older is the way my body reacts during the transition from Summer to Fall to Winter. It happens to everyone. You get tired, wanting to relax, wanting to eat heavier foods and keep colds and flus at bay. What people fail to recognize is that during the winter you need to slow down. Winter is the time to hide away so that you are ready to fully bloom in the Spring.
Here are a few tricks I have learned to make living in winter a smooth ride:
Rest, Rest, and Rest! You feel groggy right? Tired? That’s because you are! The days are shorter which means you should be getting to bed earlier and getting your full eight hours! Make the time to get the rest you need and deserve. Don’t sweat getting every little thing done during the day. Finishing your to-do list and running yourself down is never worth you getting sick over. Most things can wait until tomorrow.
Change of Diet: If there is anything Ayurvedic specialists know a thing or two about it is the way the seasons influence the diet. The way nature intended it to be. That is why during the winter we have wonderful things like: soups, winter squash, nuts, whole grains…the list goes on and on. These things are in season during the winter because they ground us and keep some meat on our bones. So instead of reaching for the cookies and white bread stuffing. Change your comfort foods into tomato soup, brown rice, butternut squash, and walnuts (high in Omega-3 essential fatty acids).
Pump Up Your Immunity: Getting colds may be innevitable but there are plenty of ways to keeping your immunity system up and running. At the first sign of a cold you can always pop some echinacea, an herbal immunity booster easily found at your local health food store. Traditional Medicinals also makes a great tea made from echinacea. Another way to boost your immunity is to start taking a probiotic daily. Probiotics help decrease toxin producing bacteria and keep your intestinal tract clean and working well. Another thing that I always swear by is good old Vitamin C. As a kid I was constantly eating clementines as a snack. And I rarely got colds! Therefore, they are still one of my winter staples.
Calm Your Bomb :Winter brings on a lot of stress. With the coming and going of holidays, parties, making time to get the snow off your car in the morning, and personally I also have SEVEN birthdays between December 7th and January 7th. Make sure to give yourself time to get things done. You aren’t doing yourself any favors by waiting to do everything at the last minute. If you are like me, you will probably have a hard time doing that and procrastinate until the last minute. Which is also totally cool! But don’t drive yourself crazy and find ways to relax at the end of the day. Light a candle and sit in dim light watching tv or reading a book. Take five minutes to sit or lay and do breathing exercises. Try out some meditation, even if it is just five minutes.Have downtime with family and friends. Do some yoga.
Make this winter your best yet by working with the season, NOT against it! Let’s take some cues from our animal friends and go into “hibernation” mode. Remember that it is okay to do so and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. You’ll be back to your vivacious self when detoxing Spring comes around again. Until then, happy resting!!
With Hibernating Love,