Winter is a time for slowing down, curling up beside the fire with a good book and eating hearty meals.
If we were attuned to nature as the trees, we would retreat, conserve energy build up our stores in anticipation of spring.
However in our fast paced, stressful lifestyles, we don’t seem to change pace much at all and then wonder why the winter colds take hold.
So here are some tips to survive the winter and stay healthy:
1. Go to bed early and wake up late. Getting extra hours of sleep before midnight is crucial for healing and building up your energy.
2. Keep warm, especially protecting the kidneys and bladder from the cold wind, so wear those scarves, beanies and thermals.
3. Be quiet – meditate more frequently and allow yourself to dream.
4. Eat for the season. Enjoy hearty soups, casseroles and stews and baked foods. Don’t worry about calories; focus on the nutritional content.
5. Keep up your water intake – drinking warm herbal teas is beneficial. We often forget to drink in colder weather which leads to dehydration.
6. Exercise – Avoid long grueling workouts. A brisk walk is all you need in winter.
7. Treat yourself to a massage – this is the best way to get chi and blood flowing without exertion.
"Life shrinks and expands in proportion to one’s courage." Anais Nin
Karin's Favourite Sayings
“When you follow your bliss you live in a constant space of joy.
You open yourself to the abundance of the Universe.
You’re excited to share your life with those you love and your excitement,
your passion, your bliss becomes contagious….”
“Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being,
while movement and methodical physical exercise saves it and preserves it.“
“............ if you really and sincerely and passionately want to do something
(and wholeheartedly, with the whole of your sincerest self) it is by doing that
that you will be most useful, will be giving the most, will be of most individual value.”
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
“The man who does things makes mistakes, but he who doesn't makes the biggest mistake of all ------- nothing."
The 4 P’s
PORTRAY – portray a positive image of yourself which will reflect in your lifestyle.
PRACTISE - as you practice good habits of posture, this will carry over and unconsciously reflect in how you move through your day.
PROTECT - the key to protecting your body from aches and pains is good posture.
PREVENT - good posture provides you with a prevention strategy against wear and tear, for the long term health of your body.
“Movement is a medicine for creating change in a person’s physical, emotional and mental states.”