Ice storms, record snow falls, frigid temperatures! You are not alone if this winter has taken a toll on you emotionally! Mother Nature has arrived and she doesn’t seem to be budging anytime soon. If you are attempting to navigate your way through the winter blues here are six tips to help you find more positivity, lightness and happiness this season:
Fake A Smile
Try it right now. Fake a smile. When you fake a smile your cheeks send endorphins to your brain and it tricks you into feeling happy even if you aren’t. Try practicing 5 fake smiles in a row really quickly. They’re like sit-ups for your cheeks. The goofier you feel the better! Even if smiling is the last thing you feel like doing try it anyway. Chances are a real smile will sneak out and Presto! Feeling a little better?
After a cold winter day slip into a warm bath and let your cares and troubles float away. Waters curative effects are well known throughout the world, but you don’t have to go on vacation by the sea to receive their healing properties. Add some bubbles or sea-salt to your bath and treat yourself to a winter spa day at home. Light a beeswax candle. Put on some relaxing music. What winter?
I know it’s cold and windy and you want to be a hermit but getting some fresh air and just a little bit of Vitamin D sunshine into your eyes can elevate your mood. If you’ve been thinking too much, fresh air can also get you out of your head and into your body. Go for a quick walk and get your circulation moving. You’re not too old (or too young for that matter!) to toboggan. Being inside feels even better after a few snowflakes have kissed your nose.
Aww flowers! There is nothing like a bouquet of fresh gorgeous flowers to remind you of the inevitable arrival of Spring. Gazing upon them can help you remember the beauty (not just bleakness) of nature. They don’t have to be fancy or expensive but treating yourself to a colourful bouquet every week can help lighten your mood and this purchase also gives you a good dose of self-care too. Bring some home today. They will bring colour and joy into your outlook and life.
Rituals of Spirit
Meditate. Write. Pray. Visualize. Gratitude Lists. Affirmations. Whatever your take on the world, find those rituals that support your well-being and bring you peace of mind and heart. Human beings are creatures of habit – we can choose to pick habits that nourish us or deplete us. Decide to create a daily 15 minute ritual that brings you comfort, clarity and peace of mind. If you do it in the morning you will benefit all day from feeling more peaceful and present. Having a buddy or support group is a great way to be accountable when you are trying to establish new habits. Or be accountable to yourself and create a calendar and give yourself a star every time you’ve completed your ritual. After 27 days you will find that you are hooked into this habit and will find it difficult to break (and that’s a good thing!).
Winter is a wonderful time to go inward and do some self-reflection. Take some time to write about what makes you happy. If time and money were no object, what would you be doing with your life? What does your unique, amazing spirit want to contribute to the world? If you are feeling a little lost and depleted and happiness seems to be evading you, ask yourself this question when you awaken and before you sleep at night. Expect that the universe will be delivering to you the answer to your question throughout your day or in your sleep. Your job is to pay attention to little nudges, signs, clues and even what other people might say to you in casual conversation. Notice when your heart stirs. Keep a dream journal. Gather photos that speak to your heart and create a vision board. You may want to engage the help of a life coach or counsellor to explore this question more deeply. You are worth it.
Dear friends, spring is right around the corner! Treating yourself with the utmost care and kindness is important all the time but even more so if you’ve been battling winter blahs. You are floating in a material world that ebbs and flows with its own timing but you too have your own seasons that are important to honour. Seek support if you need more help in any area of your life (this is an act of courage not weakness). I’d love to know your suggestions too about what has helped you find a brighter outlook this season. Peace & love, Aynsley