WINTER WELLNESS: The slow season
As I sit here sick on my couch, I am starting to recall how the last few weeks I fell off my morning routine. How I've barely meditated. How I've eaten many things that do not support my health. I've been on the constant go for th entire month.
And I wonder why I'm sick.
As the tempature drops, I am reminded that it is the season to slow down, to turn inward. Winter is the season when creatures hibernate, plants save their energy and go dormant and people over do it during the holidays.
I'm going to suggest we do it a little differently this year. Yes, I know you can't avoid the holidays, parties and family completely, but there are some steps we can take to support our health in this cooler season.
TAKE A BATH. Yes, fill that tub with warm, cleansing water. Add your favorite essential oils, throw in some epsom salts, light a few candles and relax. Let the water envelop your body and take away that day of running around shopping, tying up loose ends at the job and caring for everyone else. (If you do add essential oils, please do some research. Some oils can burn the skin and volatile. Also, since oil floats in water, add the essential oil to your favorite carrier oil and apply it to your skin before getting into the bath, wherever you feel necessary.)
BREATHE. Stop what you are doing right now. Place one hand on your lower abdomen and the other over your heart. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath through your nose. Feel the breath pass through the first hand all the way down into your belly. Feel that hand on your lower abdomen rise and fall. Hold for just a few seconds, now let out all the air through your mouth. Repeat this as many times as needed. You breath is your ally. When things start to amp up, rely on your breath. This will always bring you back into your body.
MORNING/EVENING ROUTINE. Whichever works for you. This routine will be your lifesaver. It can be as simple as doing the two things listed above. You can free write in the mornings or jot down the day to let it go for the evening. Whatever you can go to that grounds you, make it something you do EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. My morning routine consists of short yoga/movement to bring me into my body, a 10-15 min guided meditation, some sort of creative writing and all of this accompanied by a warm cup of coffee. With this routine, I am able rely upon its stability during the hectic, busy season.
FEEL THOSE FEELINGS. This is the season for our internal being. This is where we can dive a little deeper and maybe decipher the emotions that are triggered. Yes, I am the weirdo that loves to not only to recognize and ride the waves of her emotions, but I've come to look forward to them. I know that I will receive a much needed and deserved relief when I let them run their course. There are moments that seem unbearable, but I kindly and gently remind myself that this is temporary. Emotions = Energy in Motion. These feelings/emotions need to move. You need to feel them to their completion, so they can move from your body. I have felt many old aches and pains leave my body the moment I allowed myself to recognize what I was feeling. Reiki is an excellent support for movement of these emotions.
With these steps, we can change the way our bodies and minds react to this slow season. Don't forget to take your time, turn inward a little and allow what needs to, come and go.
For more support this holiday, winter season, please don't hesitate to reach out. Everyone deserves to live a joyful, authentic, pain-free life.