Article by Leslie Larsen, LCSW
When you’re busy juggling work and family, a social life, and countless other things, it’s easy to let the seasons slip away. Taking time to stop and smell the roses (or in this case, the mulled cider) is important for both your mental and physical health.
Indulge Your Desire to Hibernate
As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, you might find yourself wanting to curl up with a good book and a cozy blanket. I say, do it! Set aside some time each week (or day) and cuddle in front of a fire or snuggle into bed with your favorite book and cup of hot chocolate.
During fall and winter seasons we are surrounded by more hours of darkness, so allow yourself the gift of quiet to turn inward and simply let yourself be. Perhaps create a special space in your home – bring a blanket, peaceful music, relaxing scents, and anything else that makes you feel comfortable. Create the time and space to quiet your mind and turn your awareness inward. Allow yourself a release from outside influences, expectations, schedules and struggles by accepting your own gift of a few moments to purely let go of everything.
When you let yourself settle, you invite a certain peacefulness to come to life. In this space your mind can slow down, your breath can naturally flow, and your body can be restored and balanced. When you turn inward you can discover a space of peace and love; a space where there is no time, no boundaries, no expectations to be achieved.
Creating opportunities to feel into the present moment offers you a place to listen and hear guidance, to accept everything just the way it is, to simply be. From this place, you can embody your authentic, natural Self.
Need help and guidance in this practice?
Perhaps use a guided mediation, or attend a restorative yoga session at the local yoga studio. Below is the script for a short affectionate breathing mediation: