How's your winter going?
I live in NYC and the past couple weeks have been SUPER cold.
I've found myself having a case of the "Januaries."
The "Januaries" is a VERY clinical term that describes racing home to be in indoors as much as you can ;)
You know what I'm talking about if you get in a funk when the days get dark and the temps drop.
You want to be in bed watching The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel under a weighted blanket.
As exemplified as when my friend and I texted each other to bow out of plans this week:
"Let's not do anything. It's cold and dark."
Yes, it IS cold and dark in NYC right now.
It can be so hard to want to motivate to *do* things when it's cold.
This year I'm determined to be more pro-active in taking care of myself during the winter months.
I find that when I do, I'm a much more centered and energized person.
Check out my tips for thriving in winter!
Disclaimer - I don't do all of this perfectly 100 % of the time. How boring would that be? :) But I try to do what I can when I can.
And if you're in a warm climate, you can even use these for the days you're in a funk if it's cloudy or rainy.
Even a subtle drop in temps can affect your system!
My 10 Tips For Your Greatest Winter Yet:
// Dance Around
You can play your favorite song and MOVE the second you get out of bed. Or after coffee. Whatever suits your needs. Just press play and GO.
Sometimes I'll even do Tracy Anderson's "arm dancing" workout for about 10 minutes.
// Discover Your Ayurveda
Do you get super annoyed when you're hot and sweaty? Or do you tend to run really cold i.e you're freezing when all your friends are fine? You might want to check out your Ayurveda type.
Take this quiz to discover your dosha. The three doshas - vatta, pitta and kapha are the energies that make-up a person. From there, you can do certain things like dry brush, eat at a certain time of day and avoid certain foods and eat others to feel your best. I highly recommend!
// Check Out A Happy Light
Sometimes the sun doesn't peek out through the clouds until mid-day and it can really affect your mood. Check out his happy light to give yourself a dose of sunshine first thing in the morning.
Warning - do NOT stare at this thing straight on. Think peripheral vision. I noticed my energy was higher throughout the day.
// Practice The Power of Now
I love Eckart Tolle's book The Power of Now. I read it 10 years ago, but I definitely need a refresh because I can get out of the moment really quickly, especially in winter.
The book is all about appreciating what's happening in the present versus thinking about the future.
// Read Your Books
Winter is a time I like to curl up with lots of books. My most recent favorites are Love Warrior and Many Lives, Many Masters.
I'm also reading Educated which has won a gazillion awards and I love it so far.
// Connect, Connect, Connect
Even though I wrote about books and staying in, you might also need more connection with family and friends.
Schedule a call with a friend or get together at each other's homes for a cozy night in of talking and hanging out.
// Explore A Class
Lately, I've been really into taking classes and workshops around NYC. The Alchemist's Kitchen is awesome and has workshops on crystals, herbs and much more.
You can also explore stuff online like this astrology class. Do something that piques your interest and energizes your soul.
// Get Seasonal Support
I LOVE this natural cold and flu remedy. It came highly recommended by three different health stores in NYC. It has echinacea and elderberry and it's carried me in good stead for tons of winters.
// Body Work
If you can do it, schedule a massage or some sort of bodywork - craniosacral, reiki, acupuncture - whatever works for you! My favorite massage in NYC is at Ohm Spa.
I've also heard spectacular things about this acupuncturist in Downtown LA. Your body might need more love and TLC during the colder months.
// Go With It
Ride the wave of winter and ask yourself what you need during this time. It's amazing what posing a simple question can do when it comes to accessing your intuition.
In fact, ask yourself right now:
"What do I need more of in my life?"
It might be weather-related. It might be a relationship, connection or self-care related.
Your only job is to take a breath, listen and take care of yourself.
Remember, you don't have to be "perfect" at taking care of yourself, just incorporate what feels good and true when you can!
Wishing you all my best throughout winter!
From my heart to yours,
Devon McLeod, LCSW
P.S. "Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home."
- Edith Sitwell
P.P.S What are your tips when it's rainy, cold or you're just in a funk? Comment below and let me know! <3