As I watched the snow fall gracefully to the ground, I stopped for a second to appreciate it’s beauty. For a single moment, I felt as if I was living in slow motion with delicate snowflakes dancing around my head. These little moments are what W I N T E R is all about. Winter is a season when nature slows down. The days grow shorter inviting longer nights meant for resting. Take some advice from our furry friends by catching some extra zzz’s. Winter is a beautiful season, while it may be rather cold, I believe winter is a much needed recovery period to focus on within. S L O W D O W N. We often breeze through life in the blink of an eye, without ever truly appreciating every moment. Winter forces you to open your eyes and embrace the present.
My last semester flew by in an instant. Before it began, it seemed as if it was already over. I am so thankful to come home for this winter season to slow down, spend time with family, and work on myself. College can be overwhelming and there is seldom time for yourself, or at least time to slow down. I want to share with you a few ways you can slow down this winter, because we all need to take a breather every once in a while.
S L E E P M O R E
This can be hard for many people, but as the nights get longer it’s as if nature is encouraging us to catch up on our sleep. I challenge you to try and aim for 7-8 hours of sleep every night this winter. You deserve every extra hour of sleep! Sleep is one of the ways our bodies gets rid of toxins and refreshes itself for the next day. Therefore, sleep is one of the best ways to stay healthy, in all aspects of your life.
R E A D A B O O K
When life grows hectic, reading winds up on the back-burner. Reading is one of the best ways to slow down because you instantly get captivated by the words flowing off every page. I love non-fiction books about personal growth and spirituality, such as The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. If you have any book recommendations, I would love to hear them in the comments below!
M E D I T A T E
Meditation has become super trendy lately and I think it’s fabulous. Meditation is wonderful, but I often neglect to begin a daily meditative practice. In 2018, I would love to start incorporating meditation into my morning and night routines. Meditation is very simple and everyone can do it. Just find a comfortable seat and focus on your breathing; simple as that.
C O O K
I just watched a Buzzfeed video about Hygge, a danish word for living a simple and cozy lifestyle. One of the practices of Hygge is to bake or cook a meal that takes a rather long time to make. Cooking can often seem like a chore, but I think it can be a great time to slow down. With cooking you must focus on the task at hand, in order to create the perfect meal that will satisfy your appetite. I would recommend cooking something like stew, chili, or a vegan baked good you are dying to try. Check out Minimalist Baker, Chocolate Covered Katie, Deliciously Ella, and Oh She Glows for some fabulous recipes.
T A K E A W A L K
No, I’m not joking. Walking is a form of active meditation and can be a great way to get some much needed fresh air during the winter months. Have you heard of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder)? Well, it’s a real thing! People tend to get depressed during the winter, but breathing in some fresh air and soaking up a little sun helps a tremendously.
T U R N O F F Y O U R P H O N E
Have you ever turned off your phone for a whole day? Yeah, me neither. We all have become so attached to our phones, social media, etc. Find a day or even week, if you are brave, to turn off your cell phone, and go about your normal routine. Taking a break from the fast paced world of the internet and social media will help you to stay focused on the important aspects of your life. Try it out for yourself!
WHAT ARE SOME WAYS YOU SLOW DOWN DURING THE WINTER? I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS BELOW.