We’re in the thick of winter, y’all. Here in Philly, we’re cleaning up and digging out from our first major snowfall of the season. Being confined inside while two feet of snow blew in turned out to be quite a gift. It was like the Earth said, “No, seriously, y’all need to slow down and take a breather for once.”
As the Boyfriend and I snuggled up under our favorite blanket, I felt connected to an ancient past, like a deep DNA memory of being cave bound around a home fire while a blizzard rages outside had been nudged awake. Snow days are a human experience as old as we are. But with our modern independence from the seasons and the weather, I think we have a tendency to get out sorts, especially at this time of year.
I’ve talked with several clients recently about the challenges that emerge this time of year. We’re coming down from the excitement of the holidays season, we’re not able to get outside as much as we want to, and while our nature is asking for us to slow down and rest, we’re still trying to keep our regular busy schedules. Sometimes we even take on MORE than usual!
Wherever you live, I encourage you to take some time to slow down and find a way to restore. Don’t wait for a snow day to take care. Here are a few ideas if you’re feeling depleted or overwhelmed:
- Look at your to-do list for tomorrow. Decide if your priorities are really in alignment with your needs and energy level. Can something on your list be moved to a different day? Or maybe you can delegate an item to someone else. Get really honest.
- Take 5 extra minutes after your bath or shower to apply your favorite bath oil.
Make your own by adding a few drops of lavender, sandalwood, or frankincense oil to 1 Cup of almond oil. Store it in a glass pump bottle.
- Make yourself a cup of my favorite hot cocoa.
Add 1 Tablespoon of cocoa, a pinch of salt, an pinch of cinnamon, and a pinch of cayenne pepper to the bottom of your favorite mug, add freshly boiled water and a splash of milk. Sweeten as desired.
- Attend a restorative or therapeutic yoga class. Or go to the gym. Or maybe layer up and go for a walk outside. Find a way you love to move and move with love!
Most of all, pay attention. Listen deeply to the needs of your own body and trust the messages you receive. And remember, if you need help, you can call me.