We are all deeply affected by the change of seasons, even if we often don’t notice or acknowledge it. It can affect us in so many ways, from our mood, to our energy levels and even our health and wellbeing.
We experience internal changes. These include craving heavier food, sluggish digestion, drier skin, a need for more hydration, feelings of sadness, melancholy and lethargy, and a desire to spend more time indoors and sleeping. These are all signs that we are out of balance. With some care and fundamental practices we can overcome these imbalances.
Knowing how to best support ourselves during these pivotal seasonal shifts is invaluable to our immunity and overall health. With mindfulness and the science of yoga, meditation and Ayurveda, we can nourish our bodies and minds and easily flow with these seasonal shifts.
Through the lens of Ayurveda, winter doesn’t need to be the ‘cold and flu season’, but rather a season to improve immunity – not only in the physical, but also in psychological and spiritual. Immunity is connected with digestion. When digestion is strong and the appetite is good, immunity is strengthened.
Minimize your intake of foods such as raw vegetables, salad greens and cold drinks. Think indoors, by the fire or under a warm blanket, eating warm, slow-cooked nourishing meals.
Here are a few tips:
* Ensure adequate sleep, with six to eight hours a night being the ideal. Avoid over sleeping, as this will promote sluggishness in the body
*Use pure essential oil to clear the air. Eucalyptus oil aids breathing and helps release congestion
*Get your daily dose of sunlight – take walks, gaze at the sun
* Tell the people you love that you love them, give hugs, and bring family, friends and communities together.
“Blockage is disease/Flow is health”