Winter Solstice – Winter Wellbeing

By Emma Churchill

Winter Solstice – Winter Wellbeing

By Emma Churchill

Winter Solstice also known as Midwinter; the Shortest Day; the Longest Night and will take place in the Northern hemisphere on Thursday 21st December. Astronomically, It’s the official start to Winter and the initiation of light returning to the sky as the days begin to lengthen, bringing the promise of Spring.  

Since ancient times, this day has been held as sacred as a time for quiet reflection and inner stability. 

It’s essential to honour the darkness.

To slow down despite the Christmas mania.

To pause and reflect so that our forward motion may be filled with intention.

At this time of year, the cold, harsh weather, dark days, winter bugs and festive frivolities can leave us feeling drained physically, mentally and financially. The lack of natural light in particular can bring about various challenges.

Improving winter wellbeing involves addressing physical, mental, and emotional aspects of health during the colder months. Here are some suggestions to enhance your overall well-being during winter:

  • Stay Active: 
    • Engage in regular physical activity to boost your mood and energy levels. 
    • Consider indoor exercises like yoga, home workouts, or join a gym to stay active during cold weather. 
  • Get Sufficient Sunlight: 
    • Spend time outdoors during daylight hours to get natural sunlight, which is crucial for vitamin D production and mood regulation. 
    • Consider using light therapy lamps if you’re unable to get enough natural sunlight.
  • Healthy Diet:
    • Consume a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins. 
    • Include foods high in vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids to support mental health. 
  • Stay Hydrated: 
    • Even in colder weather, it’s important to stay hydrated. Drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day. 
  • Maintain a Regular Sleep Schedule: 
    • Ensure you get enough quality sleep each night. Stick to a consistent sleep routine to support your body’s natural rhythm. 
  • Socialize: 
    • Connect with friends and family regularly. Social interactions can have a positive impact on your mental well-being. 
    • Consider joining clubs, classes, or online communities to stay connected. 
  • Practice Mindfulness: 
    • Engage in mindfulness activities like meditation, deep breathing exercises, or yoga to reduce stress and improve mental clarity. 
  • Keep Warm: 
    • Dress in layers to stay warm when venturing outside. 
    • Maintain a warm and comfortable environment indoors. 
  • Set Goals: 
    • Establish realistic and achievable goals for the winter season. This can provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment. 
  • Limit Screen Time: 
    • Reduce excessive screen time, especially before bedtime, to improve sleep quality. 
  • Treat Yourself: 
    • Pamper yourself with small indulgences or activities that bring you joy. 
  • Cognitive Behavioural Strategies: 
    • Challenge negative thought patterns and focus on positive aspects of winter. 
    • Seek professional help if you struggle with seasonal affective disorder (SAD) or persistent winter blues. 
  • Plan for the Future: 
    • Look forward to future events or activities, creating a positive outlook. 

Remember, it’s important to listen to your body and mind. If you find yourself struggling with your mental health during the winter or at any time, consider seeking support from a healthcare professional or counsellor. 

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