We are moving into the darkest time of year here in the northern hemisphere, days are becoming shorter and the dark is sneaking up on us. Most of us will feel less motivated and need more sleep and rest than usual. all of us who have lived through these long winters know that the winter depression can be very difficult and hard to tackle. I experienced my absolute worst winter last year, therefore this season I´m preparing for it so I´m very mindful of how I´m approaching this season, making sure it will be much better at looking after myself and listen to my body.

From my own experience I´m very certain that most people can avoid being very negatively influenced by the winter and the darkness, the problem is that most of us are not listing to our bodies. We keep pushing ourselves, and keep working just as hard and just as much so we neglect that our bodies actually need more attention during this season.


MY MINDFUL TIPS TO HAVE A BETTER WINTER SEASON


Sleep more 
Allow yourself to sleep more if you feel that you actually need it.

Take vitamins & super foods
Specially vitamin D, making sure you start before its midwinter so it starts working before its to late. I also take spirulina, maca and one pill that has the things that I might not get enough off on a vegan diet, B12 and iodine. I also make my own healthy turmeric, chilli and ginger brew and take at least one shot every day.

Sauna & fjord swimming
If I knew about this last winter, omg it would have made such a difference to my health. Try to go to the sauna every week or at least twice a month. Using the fjord sauna here in Oslo is an amazing relaxing and warming experience, and swimming into the ice cold fjord makes the whole experience thrilling, not to forget how great it is for your health to sauna and ice bath.

Spend time with people who gives you positive energy
Spending our time wisely is something I´ve really worked on this past year. Truly listening to myself and what I feel after being around different people. Honestly, just be selfish and start spending time with the people who actually gives you the glow and positive energy you need. Specially during the winter months, but also the rest of the year. This life is so short waisting our time with people who dont give you what you need.

Eat healthy warming foods
Eating warming foods during winter is really important for your health and your body. Making sure you are giving your body a lot of nutrition and specially eating warming foods, like stews, soups and curries. For many of us our digestive system is slower in the winter and its harder to digest food, specially raw uncooked food.

Work less and spend more time outside
To most people this is a hard one, because we are actually expected to work just as much during the winter months, even though we are getting way less energy, because the sun is one of the most important sources to energy. I personally choose to work less, earn less but feel so much greater, be happier and find more peace in my life. This way I can be outside in the middle of the day some days, and actually get some natural light and on good days sunlight. I do really recommend this lifestyle, but it needs to be your choice.  

Go away to a sunny place
Lets be honest with ourselves, 5 months of winter is just a bit to long, so make sure you manage to go away, at least for two weeks, soak some sun, relax and recharge your batteries.
Me personally choose to work less, earn a bit less money but go travel for longer periods at a time, because you dont need to go on an expensive holiday.


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