It’s that time of the year again; Most of the leaves are on the ground leaving the trees bare. The days are getting darker and inevitably it’s getting colder. We are saying goodbye to autumn and welcoming winter. Although I’m sure many of you don’t necessarily feel so welcoming.
You may feel like you are not ready for winter but don’t worry about that. Autumn is precisely a time of preparation for winter a sort of ‘winding down’ time that gets you ready for winter. In my experience resistance to winter only makes it harder, it is always better to embrace change even when it comes loaded with frosty fingers and basically being cold all the time.
Within Traditional Chinese Medicine winter is related to the water element. (Autumn is related to metal if you would like to know more you can by going here)
If the water element is predominant in your personality, it is likely that you will have some of the following personality traits: Articulate, clever, introspective, Self contained, self-sufficient, amongst others. If you read through these they make sense with the winter season and why if your predominant element is water you may enjoy it more than others.
Regardless of your personality traits, there are many ways that you can get ready for winter and male sure you take full advantage of what the season has to offer.
So how do you do this?
1. Eat the right foods
As always my first advice to keep healthy has to do with what you eat. Remember a healthy inside means a healthy outside. The best foods to eat at this time of the year are the ones ‘warming’ in nature and the ones that help you drain your system.
If you want more detail on the foods that you should be eating this time of year you can read more about it here.
Winter is a time for rest. When you rest your body replenishes itself and that is exactly what you need to do before spring.
Most of the year is quite hectic and normally social engagements take priority, during winter everything slows down so get as much ‘me’ time as possible.
3. Keep warm:
This may sound obvious, but making sure we are properly protected from the changes in the weather can prevent us from getting ill. And really who want to be ill during the holidays.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine the neck and shoulders are the most susceptible to wind, so make sure you have those covered whenever you go out.
4. Do some auto-reflection:
The calm and stillness of winter is a perfect time to reflect on ourselves. Traditional Chinese Medicine considers Water to be hugely influenced by fear. So why not try to concentrate on what you are afraid of and why? What is slowing you down?
Think of it this way, whatever new seed you plant wishing yourself in winter will germinate in the spring. When everything starts getting busy again.
There are not many real down times in our day-to-day so make sure you take advantage when you can.
5. Stay hydrated:
The winter cold can be very dehydrating, so make sure you drink plenty of water. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the organ related to water is our kidneys so it’s especially important to keep them going in these colder months.
Hope this helps you feel more positive about the coming winter months. And I’m sure that if you really think about it there are a lot of things that you do like about this season.