Winter can be magical to me, sometimes. Like this morning, when I woke up and there were gentle snowflakes falling from the air. It made me smile before thinking about anything else. And I love playing in the snow, and the occasional snow day here or there, and a ski trip to Vermont sound perfect. So I do love parts of the winter.
But there are other parts that are not so magical to me. The un-ending darkness, for one. Honestly, I have a very hard time adjusting to the darkness that accompanies winter. The first night of Daylight Savings Time this winter sent me into a panic. How am I going to make it through this winter, when all I want to do is curl up and go to sleep at about 5:30 PM?
And the holidays. I don't hate them. I'm not Scrooge or the Grinch. But they evoke a lot of feelings for me, every year. Feelings of loss, when my son's father isn't around year after year to see him open a Christmas gift under the Christmas tree. Feelings of loneliness, sadness, and even overwhelming joy and love. Feelings of anger at the decorations and commercialization of the holiday that starts earlier and earlier each year. And the financial stress? Well, don't get me started on that one.
So how do we get through it? If you're anything like me, you most certainly don't WANT to feel miserable for 3-4 months out of the year. Like I said, I'm not the Grinch. I love being with my loved ones, I love buying or making thoughtful gifts, and I love the snow. I want to embrace more of the magical and let go of the darkness.
I'm still working on it, but over the years I've learned a lot of tips, tricks, and proven methods to help us through this difficult part of the year. Partly because I had to, for my own sanity, but also because I know there are others out there struggling like I have. So join me and my wonderful co-facilitator, Ariana Cardozo, for a 4 week "Beating the Winter Blues" Edition of The Mindful Life Series. We'd love to have you. The biggest tip I can give you, is that you need to bolster all effots of self-care before the full blown winter sets in. I hope you'll join us beginning the Monday after Thanksgiving, 11/28/16. Pre-Registration is required and can be done by calling 203-233-8174.