On Dec 21, I posted a Seasonal Link Up for Winter – and today, I share my first update. I wanted these seasonal goals to focus on season-specific wellness – particularly to thrive in what can often be filled with ‘winter blues’.
Winter has certainly hit Chicago – with below zero wind chills and about 6 inches of snow on the ground.
- Step into some fresh air – no matter how cold it is outside
- So far, so good! Even in below zero weather I’ve stepped into fresh air every day for at least a few minutes.
- Go for a walk/ride every day the sun shines, even if very short
- Yep! I’ve piled on the clothes and enjoyed the sunshine. A bonus was that I spoke at a conference in Florida so enjoyed 80 degrees and a dip in the pool. Hadn’t been swimming in 10 years.
- Don’t rush into my work day – rise at least an hour before my first client call
- I first enjoyed two weeks vacation for the holidays. On work days, I’ve managed to rise at least 30 minutes before calls start every day – and on some days an hour before. Progress…
- Listen to music while doing kitchen chores
- Yep! Alexa makes this simple because I just pick a station, a genre, or a favorite musician. I’ve not taken time to create all kinds of lists or hook to my playlists, etc. so I get to hear whatever Alexa picks for me.
- Spend 20 minutes-a-day on a jigsaw puzzle
My husband surprised me with a Light Lamp (for Seasonal Affective Disorder) for Christmas. They recommend 20-minutes every morning. I’ve setup the light over the jigsaw puzzle, with a foot massager beneath. Alexa accompanies me with meditation music.
- Read fiction 3-4 times a week
- Not quite. More like 1-2 times a week. I’m in the middle of one big client project and trying to complete my business book, so fiction has taken a back seat. I finished one novel though.
- Enjoy a daily cup of tea – away from all electronics
- Most days, not every day.
- Bake weekly – tapping into one of my first loves
- Bought all the ingredients to bake but told myself, “As soon as I finish writing my book.” Since I haven’t finished the book, baking has not yet begun.
Self-care has become a priority this winter – and its made a huge difference!
I only felt myself going down the rabbit hole of negative thought on two days — when I was pushing myself too hard to meet my arbitrary book deadline. When I relaxed and gave myself space and time to act quickly but not in a hurry in my writing — and I got outside for a walk, my mood shifted.
On one of my walks, I saw this great reminder:
And heard the beautiful melody of the birds singing in the trees: