I'm sure you've heard eating seasonal food is good for you. The seasons should not only reflect in the food you eat, but also in the way you live. What do I mean? There is less sunshine in the winter, especially here in the northwest, so we should have less activities. We're supposed to go to bed early and get up late to replenish and store energy.
If you're like me, you love daily routines. I get up early in the morning and go out for run. Lately, however, I'm having a hard time getting up in the morning even if I go to bed early. Then I remember that it is winter, and I'm supposed to do less. So, I allow myself to stay in bed extra 30-60 min, and some days, I don't run at all, especially when there's a snow storm like we had in the past few weeks. A few years ago, I could not allow myself to skip exercising. For some reason, I felt like I was slacking. So, I kept pushing myself, and felt exhausted at the end. Nothing else in my daily routine changed, and I didn't think I should change my exercise routine.
Now, I'm a few years older and hopefully wiser. I allow myself to rest more in the winter. Instead of running, I walk. If I just can't get out of bed, then I allow myself the extra time to sleep in. I know in summer when the sun is back up, I will feel strong enough again to get out for more activities.
Licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and a mom of two wonderful boys who taught me a lot about unconditional love