Posted by, Janice Stanley on April 11, 2019
Did you ever notice….
That a change in seasons, whether we welcome it or not, can bring with it a certain level of discomfort? Even if Spring is your favorite, (or Summer, or Autumn, or even Winter), when it finally arrives, your body starts to send you “messages”.
Last Fall I had a day when I just felt “off”. I had a weird ache in my back and almost felt like I had a fever. I tried to ignore it. I didn’t think I was getting sick but I just didn’t feel like myself. I spent the whole day in an unproductive funk. The next morning, during my journaling time, I had a realization. I wasn’t coming down with anything. My body was just going through an adjustment period as the days started to shorten and the temperatures gradually dropped. What I needed was to tune-in to the signals I was getting and then make some adjustments of my own, both to my daily routine and my physical environment.
What kinds of adjustments, you may ask? A little research revealed a useful list of self-care tips for the changing seasons. Here are 6 that resonated with me:
- Spend time in nature. Get outside everyday, no matter what. Remember, there is no bad weather as long as you’re dressed for it!
- Change your indoor environment with the seasons. As the weather warms up, think about lightening up. Put away heavy fabrics and dark colors. Bring outdoor treasures like branches, flowers, stones and shells inside. In her book, Designing for Wellness, Susie Frazier (https://www.susiefrazier.com/) says, “Choosing natural materials to surround us is a vital step toward healing what’s within us.” To survive the cold, dark, long winters in Denmark, people incorporate Hygge into their houses. For more on that, check out http://HyggeHouse.com/hygge.
- Sleep better. Try to be consistent with your sleep schedule. Give yourself the gift of turning off all devices at least an hour before going to bed at night and after getting up in the morning.
- Eat seasonally. Springtime is a good time to lighten up your diet. In an article for Yoga Journal “Ayurvedic Tips for Spring Health”, Scott Blossom writes, “Eat light, easy-to-digest foods during spring and wait at least 3 to 4 hours between meals”. Colder seasons call for comforting meals made with hearty, earthy ingredients. Think soup!
- Stay active. Keep your body moving. It will thank you for it.
- Have fun. Create a bucket list of activities for the current season and start crossing off one or two (or more!) each week.
I think this whole self-care idea can apply to all kinds of life changes, the ones we welcome and the ones we would rather avoid. Just paying more attention to what’s going on in our bodies (and our heads), taking time to really FEEL it, and then making the necessary adjustments, will get us through any change that comes along. As they say, “The only constant is change.” Why fight against it when you can thrive instead?