If you live in the Northern Hemisphere, you may find the shorter, darker days of winter sapping your energy and your spirit about now. Should you consider hibernation until the sun comes back? Following the bears into a cozy cave may sound good, but how practical is it? Bears don’t have jobs, chores, busy families, and daily to-dos that can’t be put on hold for better weather. If you’d like a lovely natural burst of energy to wake you up and soothe your soul this winter, read on for some great ideas!
What’s really going on with the winter blahs? You are probably not getting outside as much, maybe spending more time watching TV, letting your exercise and self-care routine slip, and maybe eating more of those “comfort” foods that don’t have the nutritional pow of fresh fruits and vegetables that flourish in the warmer seasons.
Take a look at your days and see where you might make some better choices for your mind, body, and spirit.
Here are 5 suggestions for a mid-winter energy boost:
- Write it out. The act of writing in your journal sets you free from energy-sapping emotions. How much of your natural oomph is drained away by hanging on to negative emotions like anger and resentment? Recording your thoughts helps you see what kind of talk is going on inside. Are you criticizing yourself? Mulling over old grievances and misfortunes? If you notice negative self-talk, trying using positive affirmations to start on a new healing path.
- Mix it up with Mother Nature. Get inventive about making contact with the natural world even in wintertime. Can you get out into the garden or work in the yard? Is there a good spot for a winter walk? Maybe you can ski or skate or sled? Any time you spend in nature brings fresh air, sunlight (even when there are clouds), and the grounding and energizing experience of touching the earth.
- Listen to the music. Think about how good you feel when your favorite song comes on the radio. The music you love energizes you; makes you feel like dancing or singing or both. Experiencing rhythm is a great source of pleasure and, of course, the basis for your body’s healthy functioning, beginning with a heartbeat. Routine activities become fun when accompanied by music, and having fun produces energy rather than depleting it.
- Walk on down. Walking is an easy, free-of-charge, strength-building exercise that fits perfectly into the busiest life. Walk to the mailbox instead of driving through the post office parking lot. Park a little farther from the store and get in a few more healthy steps. Too cold to be outside? Head for the mall and walk inside. Physical movement is vital and any amount benefits your mind, body, and spirit. Don’t become glued to your computer. Stand up and stretch; take a 10-minute walk. Use your walking time to lift your spirits by noticing things to be grateful for with each step. Make your walk a thank-you meditation time.
- Learn something new. Think about how energized you feel when engaged in something that really interests you. Working on something that you really care about engages your brain in the most joyful way. Nothing wakes you up like learning to “follow your bliss.” In my work as a spiritual teacher and energy healer, I’ve seen the amazing power (that is, energy) that people discover when they look within and begin to awaken and heal in mind, body, and spirit. What could be more fulfilling and joyful than learning who you are and why you are here. Energy springs from using your gifts and helping others use theirs.
Finally, plentiful energy comes from good self-care in any season. Eat well, sleep enough (no need to hibernate though!), exercise, and listen to your inner guidance. You can wake up and thrive all year, always feeling grateful for the infinite potential of your amazing life! Learn more about developing a solid mantra based meditation practice with Deborah King here.