Getting through the Winter – some of my favorite things…

by on February 10, 2015 » Add the first comment.

SnowyPersianOasisIf you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, you’ll see that Winter is not my favorite season (to put it nicely).  Even though I grew up here in MA, I’ve never liked being cold.  As a kid, I had fun playing with my siblings in the snow, but was probably always the first one to come inside to warm up.  As an adult, I now have to worry about a car, parking, getting to work, teaching classes, arriving for client appointments – it can get very stressful.  Especially when you know you will not get paid for missing a class or private session.

Everyone has their own set of circumstances and different ways that the Winter weather affects their everyday life. Some people love it, some have difficulty with it.  For those of you who, like me, struggle with getting through what seems to be the longest season of the year, here are some of my favorite things to shift my perspective and my mood:

 

1) Soak your feet in warm water:  I love doing this and adding Epsom salts and essential oils.  The Epsom salts are great for drawing toxins down and out of the body and the essential oils that I use are the highest quality of oils and there are a variety of oils for any physical, mental, or emotional situation you can name.

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2) Sip on your favorite tea: I’m a tea fanatic and love exploring new sources of high-quality, loose-leaf teas.  Unless you’ve been living in a vacuum for your entire life, I don’t think I need to go into all of the health benefits of drinking tea.  I’ll sometimes hear people say that they aren’t tea drinkers or don’t like tea.  I’m not here to push it on you, but consider trying different kinds before you write it off forever.  There are SO MANY different types and flavors, I truly believe there is a tea for everyone (if not several).  A few of my current favorites are Rishi Tea‘s Hibiscus Berry Herbal Tea and  Peach Blossom White Tea.  And while browsing their site to find you the exact names I’m seeing so many more flavors that I MUST try! 🙂  I get mine from Whole Foods, but you could order online or get from other retailers. There are so many teas out there, though, so give them a try!  Tea bags can be convenient, but the quality is not even NEAR that of loose-leaf.  They’re basically filled with the dust from the bottom of the loose-leaf container.

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3) Book a mini-vacation: For many, money is tight, so the thought of booking a vacation can be daunting (flight, housing, rental car, activities, ugh, it’s a lot to think about!).  But perhaps you have a friend who lives somewhere a bit warmer, or can find all-inclusive deals for just a few days.  It doesn’t have to be a huge, elaborate, expensive vacation.  But scheduling one, getting it paid for, and putting it on your calendar can be just the motivation you need to deal with that snowstorm.  My sister, brother-in-law and their two kids are going to Naples, FL in April and I’m meeting them there for a few days.  Absolutely can’t WAIT!

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4) Practice some yoga: Of course I had to include this suggestion ;-).  Roll out your mat even if just for a few minutes/a few poses.  Studies show that a little bit of yoga often provides more benefits than one rare longer practice.  So, just do a few of your favorites and don’t worry about whether or not you are getting your Sun Salutations right, just do what you feel like and enjoy.  Perhaps build a little heat with some more active poses, or enjoy some relaxation with some restorative poses (or mix the two!).  Just make sure you’re listening to your body.

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5) Do some meditation or visualization:  Don’t let this intimidate you.  Meditation can sound like this huge difficult thing, and yes, it takes practice and can be difficult.  We all know it’s a challenge for most people to be still with mind and body.  BUT, just start simple.  Sit comfortably in a quiet space, close your eyes, and visualize a place that you love (maybe in this scenario, it’s a warm and sunny place?!) and just picture it.  See it.  Gradually begin to notice the colors of this place.  Notice the sounds and smells of this place.  See yourself here.  Notice how it feels to be here.  Just for a few minutes let yourself truly be there and notice how you feel afterwards.

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What are some other ideas?  What are your favorite things that help you get through the Winter?  Comment below or, if you’re on Instagram, post photos and tag me! @emilymasnoon

I love to hear from you, so connect any way you can!

 

Lots of Love and Sunshine!

Emily

 

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