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The Heart of Winter

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Snuggling in for the winter days ahead can be a wonderful time for self-reflection and nourishment. With the shorter days and longer nights comes a natural tendency to draw our energies inward and cultivate self-love. Our bodies microcosms of our environment. With the frosty and dry weather settling in the Northeast, our bodies crave moisture and warmth. Give extra attention to your mind, body, and soul by including a few of the following practices. 

Take it easy on your digestion.

  • Eating warm nourishing soups, dahls, and stews are a fantastic way to take it easy on your digestion and nourish your body from the inside out. This is a good time of year to eat fresh, seasonal veggies, roasted or steamed with warming spices such as cinnamon, ginger, and black pepper.
  • Including great quality oils, or ghee, can benefit the body by supporting internal lubrication. Healthy fats allow cells to receive the nutrients they need and help tissues to naturally detoxify.
  • Hydrate with fresh water and herbal teas throughout the day to keep the body flowing and functioning optimally. Try making your own chai or golden milk with fresh ginger and turmeric to nourish and warm the body.

 

Moisturize and protect for healthy, glowing skin.

Support your skin’s natural regeneration by dry brushing daily or exfoliate with Captain Blankenship Lime & Coconut Salty Sweet Scrub. Luxuriate in a bath or shower, using soap sparingly to protect the skin’s natural biome. After bathing, smooth on a protective moisture layer, such as Sunshine Cream or Avocado & Peppermint Cuticle Balm. In winter months, skin needs extra hydration like that provided by rich butters. Beeswax, found in both balms, also helps to form a protective seal against the elements. Applying hydrating balms and oils can also be a practice of self-love and appreciation for your body.

Spark your creativity.

Find a hobby that enlivens your creative side. Working with your hands can be satisfying for the soul. Knitting, painting, cooking, making jewelry, reading, and journaling are just a few ways to get the creative juices flowing. During this more introspective time of year, it can be deeply satisfying to commit to bringing a creative project to fruition.

Make exercise or mindful movement part of your daily routine.

  • A brisk walk in the sunshine can raise energy and improve mood.
  • Join a yoga, swim, dance, or other mindful movement class.
  • Try pranayama, or breath work, to help move stalled energy and invigorate the body and mind.

Meditate for clarity of mind and mental health.

  • Set aside some quiet time to reflect inwardly and cultivate a feeling of self-love and compassion.
  • Try guided meditations to promote mindfulness and opening the heart.
  • A daily 10-15 minute practice of being present can bring emotional balance and a feeling of peace.

The quiet of winter is an opportunity to take time to appreciate, heal, and listen to our inner selves and integrate our connection to the larger universe that surrounds us.