Winter is upon us!
The air brings us chilliness and wind. The ground is frozen, slowing, and suspending its growth. The grass turns brown, the trees stiffen and bare. It seems like earth pauses.
Maybe we might be wise to do the same.
For many of us, winter arrives with a bustle of activity: Holidays, parties, gifts, decorations, and so much busyness. A lot of this is fun and exciting, but the reality is that after the holidays are finished, we often find ourselves more tired out than we were before.
What if, instead of getting caught up in the pace of everyone around us this year, we intentionally approached this winter with a decision to pause? To rest? To rejuvenate?
What if we took a cue from nature and slowed down this winter, instead of thrusting forward?
While we can’t exactly hibernate and sleep for most of the winter (although sometimes we may wish that we could!!), we can take lessons from the pause of nature and the hibernation of bears to reconsider how we might approach the winter season through both rest and rejuvenation. The possibilities are endless. Shared below are some ideas for your mental, emotional, spiritual, and professional rejuvenation to help you get started.
Changes to help Recharge in Your Personal and Spiritual Life:
Mindfulness helps you to feel peaceful and accomplish more. Set aside time each day for quiet contemplation. Even a few minutes makes a big difference.
Find a variety of activities that you enjoy. Buy a gym membership or go running in the park. Lift weights or play volleyball.
Give your body good quality rest and sleep. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day, even on weekends. Darken your bedroom and block out distracting noises with a white noise generator.
Stress can lead to chronic inflammation. Experiment with relaxation practices like yoga, massage, or listening to instrumental music.
Enjoy Family Dinners.
It can be difficult to carve out family time in a busy schedule. Designate at least one night a week when you can sit down together and talk over a nutritious meal.
Changes to Help Recharge and Rejuvenate in Your Professional and Financial Life:
Learn New Skills.
Modern workplaces undergo rapid change. Continuous learning helps you to feel confident. Take a class that will certify you for project management or a popular software package. Shadow someone who has a job that interests you.
Tidy Up Your Work Space.
Banishing clutter makes it easier to think clearly. Develop a filing system that works for you and clear off your desk at the end of the day.
Pay Off Debts.
Becoming debt-free reduces stress and raises your future standard of living. Pay off your most expensive debts first and talk with a counselor if you need assistance.
Increase Your Savings.
Put money aside from each paycheck. You’ll feel more secure preparing for your retirement or your children’s college education.
Greet the spring with a sense of optimism and a host of constructive new habits. Your future will look brighter when you spend the winter taking steps to make your life more healthy, joyful, and meaningful.
Do you have any tips that help you recharge during the Winter months? Please share them with us in the comments section below!
Are you ready to make personal and spiritual changes in your life? Consider a one on one private session with Moira or a reading to free yourself from limitations and open yourself up to greater possibilities? I invite you to open the door.