“We all grow tired eventually; it happens to everyone. Even the sun, at the close of the year, is no longer a morning person.” – Joyce Rachelle
Winter is a difficult time for many people. The cold, long days of rain or snow, the lack of light, the colds and stuffy noses, being cooped up indoors – there are all things that can make winter difficult to enjoy.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is related to changes in seasons and is especially relevant during winter. This Disorder can drain you of energy and make you feel moody and depressed. However, we can learn to enjoy this time of the year and embrace winter by slowing down, and using the end of the year as a time for relaxation and restoration.
The seasonal change and holiday celebrations offer us a crucial and magnificent opportunity to slow down, reset, and recharge. We need to do this from time to time to balance out the feeling of always racing against the clock. Our deadline-driven minds need a break from the constant craziness of the holiday season.
This season encourages us to stop pushing ourselves so very hard. It permits us to relax and be gentle with our emotions. If we offer ourselves this balance, there is much smaller risk that we will end up feeling debilitated and burned out.
It is normal (and common) to feel tired when we push ourselves day in and day out. We are so hard on ourselves! It is crucial that we practice self-care. How can you engage in self-care as we head into the New Year? What activities will you participate in that leave your mind feeling refreshed, restored and renewed? Eating nutritious food, exercising regularly, sleeping more, and accepting that which we cannot control are all ways to let go and level up as we dive into 2020!
Life is emotional and demanding. Never feel guilty for needing to pause and rest!
Enjoy what comes of today!!!