Is it Spring or not? This is something I have asked myself a few times over the past few weeks. The sun comes out, then another storm rolls in along with the wind, then the sun comes out again for another peek. What a month March has been, blustery yes, wet yes, beautiful yes, yes, yes.
I love going for country walks when it is really windy, even when it is raining you feel so alive. I love listening to the birds and watching them build nests, I love watching the squirrels going about their business, during my walks I can hear Mr Woodpecker hard at work. Everything is new, flowers are budding, the daffodils are just beautiful at the moment, everything is just so fresh. With lighter mornings and evenings, plus the promise of the clocks going forward at the end of the month, I can feel my energy rising.
It is time to breath in that fresh air, stretch looking up to the sunshine and embrace the wind and rain because longer days mean we can get back outside and play with our children, go for long walks, ride our bikes after work….. Yes it is time to come out of hibernation and embrace a new beginning.
“Spring a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be”
March has arrived, it has arrived like a lion with storms. I love this weather it blows all the winter cobwebs away and prepares you for Spring, lighter morning and evenings.
It’s time to prepare ourselves for those warmer days and get moving, yes, we need to imagine what it would feel like to be strong, energised, refreshed, powerful and happy. Moving will help us find all these emotions, yoga will make us strong and powerful, but what about adding some dancing to the mix, dancing releases that happy emotion or if you feel you need to calm your mind a lovely long walk in the sunshine.
By stretching and moving our bodies we will become more powerful and energised. It is time to get ourselves back outside.
“Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn” – Lewis Grizzard
Do you criticise yourself all the time, are you saying for goodness sake, pull yourself together, get slim, get to yoga, get that promotion, get some style, sort your s*@t out – STOP.
Stop that inner critic and start talking to yourself, giving yourself the same respect as you would your best friend. Start treating yourself with self compassion, treating yourself well, loving yourself and accepting yourself. I doesn’t matter if you eat something not planned, or didn’t make a yoga practice, or didn’t get that promotion. What is important is how you deal with a situation, don’t be harsh in your judgement, see it for what it is and just move on, we all have highs and lows in our life, but the most important thing is that we treat ourselves kindly, nourish our souls and love ourselves inside out.
When we love and respect ourselves, we become much stronger, more confident and more compassionate to others.
“Its not about being good at something. Its about being good to yourself”
The week started with Blue Monday and now it is Friday and we are nearly at the end of January, whether you have been doing dry January, Veganuary or started your fitness regime it has been a long month.
When the weather gets cold I find it helps to meditate and take 10 minutes in my day to contemplate, set my intentions and goals for the day. This helps me to stay focused and gives me energy and the ability to stay happy when the days are dark, think of the bright sunny days ahead and to strengthen my mind against any negative thoughts.
So if you are doing any regime this month and have got to day 25, pat yourself on the back, give praise where it is due. The days will get longer and warmer and you have given yourself a healthy start to 2019.
As we move fully into Autumn, the nights are getting longer, it is getting dark early and it is a time when we can all become lethargic, start to comfort eat, have a glass of wine as the nights seem so long. We start to feel a little low because we are not getting the sunshine, we don’t want to exercise as our energy slumps…… I know I am feeling it, are you?
As we are only at the start of the long nights we need to fight this impulse and look after ourselves more, because if we just stay indoors we will feel worse. It is important at this time of year to keep up our yoga practice, setting our intentions and following through. It is important to get outside and breath in the fresh air, catch as much of that sunshine that we can. The more we get outside the more Vitamin D our bodies are collecting. Start stocking up on Vitamin C eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetables to keep those bugs at bay, eat good healthy comfort food.
Finally, challenge yourself, take up a new hobby, set yourself challenges with your yoga or gym practice, learn a language. Soon you will be too busy to notice that it has gone dark outside.
“Autumn, the season that teaches us that change can be beautiful”
Friday eeeek it will be the 1st December, if you have children the excitement level is about to go through the roof, if you don't it is the start of party season..... how are you going to get through it all and arrive into January feeling good about yourself?
Meditation, it calms our minds and acceptance of ourselves. It gives us time to reflect and make good choices, it helps us choose healthy options and set intentions. I know, you think how am I going to make the time for meditation..... 5 minutes is all it takes to reflect and think quietly for yourself setting intentions from calming the children to making sure you drink enough water when hitting the party scene.
Meditation slows the ageing process as it helps us stay calm, it increases our happiness and our self awareness. So make sure you give yourself 5 minutes each day to meditate this December.
"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream"