3 is the magic number: my top tips for better Winter Wellness
Winter is a time of change, the leaves are gone from the trees, the frosts become more frequent and the nights draw in, this can have both positive and negative effects. It can be an overwhelming time of year, let me share my top tips for grounding yourself during the colder months.
𝟭: 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗨𝗷𝗶𝘆𝗶 𝗕𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗾𝘂𝗲
Ujiyi breathing that focuses on inhaling and exhaling through the nose and not through the mouth. You can actually hear yourself breathing doing this. This technique starts to create a warming breath, so keeping your body warm. In Yoga you would be using this type of breathing when you were focusing on going deeper into a pose or for more dynamic strength. Think of yourself out in the freezing cold – not too hard I can imagine! With more bugs floating around, when your mouth is open and you are breathing you’re taking in all of these particles directly into the mouth, throat and lungs, whereas if you take the breath in and out of the nostrils, the tiny nose hairs are acting as a filter before they reach your throat and chest. This helps to prevent us catching things so easily. Remember to keep the jaw relaxed and a turn up the sides of the mouth to allow the breath to flow more freely. Think of when you smell flowers! You’re actually getting 3 things from this technique: Virus filtering, Warmth in the body and mindfulness breathing awareness. All great for a healthy, positive mind!
Next up are Affirmations. Write down as many as you can. You could start with “I am brilliant, successful, healthy, kind” etc. the key with affirmations is repetition – this is where they become powerful.
The more you say them the more you are cementing these thoughts in your mind, in turn training your self-belief, to feel and live it too.
I find keeping a journal a great way to decompress at the end of the day. Particularly useful in Winter where we might go out less or see fewer people. Try keeping paper or a journal by your bed as a ritual to write down what you are thinking, how you’ve felt today. You can also brain dump, the things that bothered you, what upset you. But don’t forget the things you were proud of and of course, a few affirmations!
Your journal could consist of doodles, bullet points or paragraphs. Your choice, but the key here is before your head touches the pillow and does its usual unfold of the day when all sorts of things come up. You have already helped clear your mind, questioned things, and maybe even come up with some solutions. All of which is not only great for your mental wellbeing but aids a restful night’s sleep – and who doesn’t need that?
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