Last week was weird for me.
I am not exempt from the winter blues and usually, around mid-November, I am prepared for them. Unfortunately, last week, a little taste of them crept in on me. (And from talking to others, I wasn’t alone)
As the seasons change, so do we.
What are some daily practices we can incorporate to help conquer these funks?
1. Get Outside
I know the weather in many areas is growing colder (West Virginia’s premiere ski resort even had snow this past weekend!), but do your best to get outside, soak up some sun and enjoy the crisp, autumn breeze. If that’s not possible, find a window and imagine yourself in your favorite outdoor getaway, whether that be the beach on a hot, summer day, the mountains on a cool, fall morning, or anywhere else in the world you’d like to escape to.
Soaking up some sun (at the correct times and sadly, not through the window) will produce some wonderful Vitamin D levels in our bodies!
Vitamin D is crucial to our optimal health, so remember to bask in some rays and let that delightful sun warm you from the inside out.
2.When in Doubt, Write it Out
I was in 4th grade when I first remember discovering my love and talent for writing. So, for me, writing has always been a go-to form of therapy. I’ve found, for even those who don’t enjoy writing, it is a terrific way to release feelings and emotions, even if we don’t fully understand them. Reach down deep, think about what it is that you’re feeling, write down even one word, i.e. “anxious”, “worried”, “tired”, “scared”, “overwhelmed” etc, and then rip the piece of paper in two.
Acknowledge your feelings and then release them. You control your feelings, your feelings should not control you.
3. Eat Nourishing Foods
I could repeat this one until I’m blue in the face and it will most likely be a facet in many, many of my blogs, but seriously, eat nourishing foods.
As our climate cools, it is best to begin incorporating warm, nourishing foods and spices into our meals. These include but aren’t limited to: bone broths, winter squashes, sweet potatoes, ginger, etc.
By nourishing our bodies with seasonal, autumn foods, we keep it warm, in homeostasis, hormones regulated, and neurotransmitters in balance. This will keep us happy even on a cellular level.
Self-care is quite the topic up for debate recently. Some say it’s selfish, some say it’s necessary. I say it is a mixture of both.
When you choose to consistently put yourself and your needs before others, you’re selfish. Your own wants, wishes, and desires are consistenly put before your loved ones’ and selfish people tend to look at situations with themselves in the center. But, self-care is not selfish when treating your body with some necessary love in just the same way you treat others with love.
Indulge in some time to yourself. Have a spa night. Put some make-up on. Do a castor oil pack. Take a yoga class. Go for a run. Enjoy a workout. Fix a meal with or for your loved one. Get your hair did or have a barber give you a nice, old-fashioned shave. Rest. Rejuvenate. Relax.
Do something for YOU and your body that makes you feel like the wonderfully created masterpiece that you are.
5. Find Your Happy
Today I am thankful for:
- My Husband
- My Dog
- Our Simple Little Life
What are you thankful for?
When the winter blues and a funk start to come on, it’s sometimes difficult to break out of the “woe is me” cycle, no matter what goodness is around you. One way to combat this is to write down 3-5 things that make you happy and that you are thankful for.
I watched a YouTube video recently from a gal who just went through a rough breakup. Instead of allowing herself to get down in the dumps, she has insisted on finding her happy. For her, that was putting up her Christmas tree in October…because when you love Christmas, there’s nothing prettier than waking up to the glow of a lit tree, right?
It’s little things like these that can make a soul brighten and a heart smile, even on the toughest days. Go buy yourself some fresh flowers, take a walk in the park, eat your favorite fruit, or listen to your favorite song. Be thankful and find your happy.
Last week, it felt like I just couldn’t shake the “ho-hums” of life. Even with an incredible husband, the perfect fall scenery, a playful pup, my dreams coming true, and an ever-powerful, all-knowing Savior; I just couldn’t seem to get past the way I was feeling. I’m so thankful that this week I feel back to normal and back on track. I also have a feeling I’ll be coming back to this blog, myself, plenty of times in the coming months.
I’m not alone and neither are you.
Thank you all for allowing me to be a part of your life journey and thank you for being a part of mine.