WINTER WELLNESS by Jessie Dwiggins
Winter, especially for those of us who live in cold climates, is a perfect time for hibernation. I don’t mean curling up in bed and sleeping for three months (which may sound tempting), but using the decreased daylight to conserve energy, rest, and revitalize body and spirit. Winter is a time of introspection, to reflect and digest the previous year’s experiences, and assess and alter life goals so they become realities. Use the following tips to access your intuition and reclaim your energy:
Practice yoga. Well, obviously! I truly believe that yoga is the answer. If we believe that there are unanswered questions in life, we must also believe that their answers reside within us. Yoga provides us with skills and tools to connect intuitively. No one knows better than you what will serve your health and wellbeing.
Eat for energy. Harness the grounding and energy conserving properties of slow-simmered stews, beans, roasted root vegetables, and warm drinks. Add spices such as garlic, ginger, black pepper, cloves, and basil to increase the warming effect. Minimize your intake of raw vegetables, salad greens, and cold drinks, save the cooling effects of those foods for spring and summer.
Regulate Sleep. Darkness is a cue for sleep. Leverage longer nights to establish a regular sleep schedule. Start your bedtime routine a half hour earlier to get a little more shut-eye. Your body will thank you!
Nourish your heart and spirit. When our energy is depleted in one area of our lives, physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual, it can leave the rest feeling out of balance. We regularly replenish our physical and intellectual bodies, but neglect our emotional and spiritual. Regain balance by reading inspirational works, reconnecting with loved ones, doing one thing you are passionate about daily, or meditating and journaling.
Our bodies are designed to follow the rhythms of nature. Honor the energy conservation qualities of winter to replenish energy so come spring you are filled with an abundance of vitality to pursue your life’s goals