SHAKING THINGS UP FOR WINTER
I'm a creature of habit, a routine girl, and I don't like to rock the boat too much. I naturally resist change. I'm aware of it, and I'm totally ok with it! It's part of who I am.
The one time I do notice a shift is with the seasons. In the warmer months, I am draw to the outdoors, I rise early, I have more energy, I spend more time exercising and eat more raw foods. During the cooler months, I need to rest more, eat warming foods, and ease back on my exercise. Does this resonate? We're quick to judge ourselves as lazy during Winter, when in fact our body does need more rest. It works harder to keep us warm, which means we are more susceptible to getting sick. It needs more time to recuperate and recharge. Listen to the signs from your body, and allow it what it needs.
The last couple of weeks, I have been pushing myself, saying I'll get up early to exercise tomorrow (as I always do when the weather is warm, and the sun rises early), but when tomorrow arrives, I'm tired and not ready to go outdoors. I really feel the cold, so much so that after a sunrise yoga class in the park, it takes until after lunch for my feet to defrost! I don't enjoy it, and it takes away the fun for me. What good is it, if I can't enjoy it?!
This week I'm taking my own advice, and shifting things up a little bit. Rather than Sunrise yoga, I'm choosing three later classes, and am going to fit in a night class sometimes. I'm also choosing to walk Kobe (my dog) in the warmest part of the day, after lunch, rather than early in the morning.
My work is flexible which does allow me to have a little more flexibility in my life, but I believe the key is to set yourself up for success. Set realistic targets for yourself. Schedule in two gym classes after work, choose a night yoga class instead of a morning one, go for a 10 minute walk on your lunch break. If movement is priority, you will always find a way to make it work.