Hello winter! - Baby, it's cold outside
Well after some very unusually mild weather winter has finally come to the UK. I'll be honest it's not my favourite season, dark mornings and dark evenings starting earlier and earlier it seems have sapped my energy. I'm seeing signs everywhere that nature is confused by this unseasonal weather, and to be honest, so am I. As a self confessed sun worshipper, the reduced hours of daylight are affecting me more and more, but why is this? I did some research and discovered it's all to do with Circadian rhythms.
Your circadian rhythm is your body's natural way of keeping to its 24-hour body clock, helping your body operate on a healthy sleep-wake schedule. Your body's internal clock or sleep-wake cycle responds to changes between light and dark to regulate your sleep, mood, and appetite. The longer nights and shorter days of winter can disrupt your internal clock—leaving you feeling groggy, disoriented, and sleepy at inconvenient times.
"Winter is a season of recovery and preparation." – Paul Theroux
Ah, that makes sense to me, so knowing this- what can we do? Hibernating until spring isn't an option, so what can we do if we feel 'out of sorts' in the winter? I always believe that we have choices, I can't control the weather, but I can control how I respond. And that is powerful. So here are my top tips, as always no judgement here, pick and choose any that resonate with you.
1. Food - make healthy choices, I love nourishing soups and spicy stews at this time of year.
2. Change your skincare routine - torn cuticles and chapped lips, together with rough dry skin, all results of the cold weather. Treat yourself to some facial oils and rich body lotions before bed.
3. Get outside - I've found it too easy to stay indoors, but wrapping up warm and going for a brisk walk always energises me.
4. Drink more water
5. Get more sleep - more than ever I am needing the sanctuary of a good night's sleep.
6. Supplements, top up your vitamin D, vitamin C, and zinc.
7. Make your home cosy, snuggle down with candles and warm throws. Light a fire if you can. Declutter and get organised, to help you feel relaxed and calm at home.
8. Find new ways to exercise if you find you are becoming less active; Dancing to your favourite music, yoga or pilates - some great stuff to follow on YouTube, a quick set of lunges, jumping jacks or skipping with a rope will all get your heart rate up, and get your energy flowing.
I hope this helps, I am off now to prepare for a busy day, and I hope you have a wonderful day too. As always get in touch if I can help you in any way, I'm here for you.
'I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.’ - Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
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