Feeling a winter low? Think again about how winter can benefit you
How do you feel about winter? I recently had a conversation with someone who was feeling low about the drop in temperature and the many long months of cold ahead. “Well, Christmas is ahead”, I suggested. “Hopefully a chance to take some time off, enjoy being with friends and family or snuggle up indoors?” “Well yes”, she replied, “and then there is nothing to look forward to after that.” It felt like such an unfortunate way to view this time of the year.
We can look at winter as a dark season. Cold, bleak with long nights and lack of sunlight. Or we can look at winter as a key part of the seasonal cycle with lots to offer. Without winter we cannot prepare for the new growth of spring. Part of why we find winter difficult is spending more time indoors and feeling disconnected from the outside world.
What could we gain by taking a winter walk? By getting moving and connecting with nature (we don’t have to be wandering through rolling countryside, it could be a park, garden or a tree lined street) we are able to gain a number of health benefits impacting positively on our physical fitness, immune system and mood. Even a ten minute walk will make a difference.
Now is the time to take stock and take care. Use a walk to reflect on the year that is now coming to a close. Ask yourself:
- What have I achieved this year?
- What has gone well?
- What challenges have I encountered?
- What do I need to let go of?
- And what do I need now to recharge my batteries?
As the last leaves fall off the trees and the weather changes, consider how winter is essential to seasonal cycles. As the last leaves fall off the trees and the weather changes, consider how winter is essential to seasonal cycles. What will you notice on a winter walk? And how is winter essential to you?
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