As we head into February, many of us find ourselves battling that negative voice reminding us that we haven’t yet accomplished all of our New Year’s goals. We may begin the year with a burst of energy and lots of dreams. We’re anxious to accomplish everything and put all the new habits in place all at once, but often it doesn’t happen as quickly as planned. So we’re sharing our pro tips for beating the winter blues.
We feel guilty when our natural energy doesn’t seem up to all the tasks and may end up giving up on our goals instead of taking small, meaningful steps toward them, in alignment with the season and our energy level. In addition to the weather, this can be a chief contributor to the “winter blues”!
There is a tension between the start of a new year and the burst of energy it brings, with goals set and lists to be accomplished and the natural rhythms of winter when our bodies naturally want to slow the pace. Our bodies naturally need more sleep and restoration, our minds need more self-reflection, planning, dreaming, journaling, and our hearts need more connection.
In our modern world, there is little regard for the natural order and flow of the earth’s cycles. Throughout the history of time, schedules, routines, and duties have shifted according to how the light and seasons shifted. Today, we push through all seasons with the same schedules, routines, and responsibilities, because the modern world requires us to.
We no longer live based on seasonal rhythms, and we don’t have much of a choice about it. Still, the natural order of things does not stay the same and our bodies know it. So, we pay the price, physically, in the winter, with broken-down immune systems and mentally with symptoms of seasonal affective disorder , and increased negativity, anxiety, and depression.
Winter can be a vital season of personal growth, when we honor the changes it requires and establish routines that flow with the season and stop battling against nature. Winter is not meant to be a season of hustle and full speed ahead, so let’s embrace that and come out on the other side, restored and ready for Spring renewal, growth, and energy!
Implement a mindset shift, and embrace winter as an opportunity for renewal, and personal growth.
And when the sun is out, turn your face towards it and know that warmer, more energetic days are ahead.
The winter will end, but in the meantime, let’s make it work for us, not against us! Beating the winter blues doesn’t have to be a battle. It’s an opportunity for much-needed growth.
Let us know your favorite tips for surviving winter in the comments!
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