What can the change in season bring to my wellbeing?
I’ve been reflecting lots this past month on the turn of the season. For one, I just love this time in a seasonal shift, the peak of one season handing over the baton to the next. While nature starts shifting gears slowly, and there are clear signals for us to do the same—to switch the clocks forward, to put away our coats, to freshen up our homes—there are also internal shifts that I’ve noticed come up too. The connection between body-mind is heightened.
Sue Rahmani, my beautiful yogi that I collaborate with, would tell you that this is part of the essence of the Ayurvedic principles. Understanding that what is happening around us in nature is also a reflection or representation of what is always within too:
“Ayurveda is a combination of two words in Sanskrit (Ayur or Ayus which equals Life and Veda which equals Science). It therefore together means ‘Science of Life’. The foundational component of Ayurveda is the five elements: Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth, called ‘Pancha Maha Bhutas’.
These elements combine into three constitutions or ‘doshas’:
The doshas are represented in the elements in every manifested living thing on Earth and interconnected. For example, when we are moving from Winter into Spring these elements play a big role in our health, mood and general wellbeing (body, mind, and soul).
With the arrival of Spring and moving away from Winter which is a Kapha (Water/Earth) season we may still feel like hibernating, or sluggish, collecting mucus and perhaps suffer with hay fever or congested colds. One may feel internal floods of emotion running… all of this is normal. Basically what is happening in nature is also taking place in you. All the wet, cold and heavy earth needs to dry up and prepare the soil for harvest and with longer days and warmer temperatures the season of growth, new life, possibilities begins in us and around us and in nature.
My suggestion to you, would be a simple, ten step, daily routine to allow a Satvic (balanced and with ease) flow and to bring you to your ultimate potential and equilibrium.
- Wake up early (before 7am).
- No midday naps.
- Oil your body before showering. Allowing the oil to absorb with the heat of the warm water and take the goodness into your open pores.
- Exfoliate and massage. This will help with elimination of toxins and reduces excess fluid.
- Start your day with a hot drink of ginger, lemon and honey. It will cleanse your digestive system and cut through mucus.
- Add more dynamic Yoga asana or activity to your exercise routine.
- Remember to eat in season and keep your meals warm. Avoid eating directly from the fridge.
- Avoid ice in your drinks and it is best to have your liquids either warm or at room temperature.
- Keep a journal.
- Allow yourself some time every day (even as short as 5 minutes) to be in nature and to listen, see, feel and be one with it without any external influences…I’m afraid no phones are allowed as it is an intimate moment between Mother Earth and you only! Give it love and the respect it deserves.”
For me, and I’ve been sharing lots about this recently, I’ve noticed a particular sluggishness this past month or two. The shift from Winter into Spring instead of equalling instead energy and brightness has instead felt heavy and slow. I’ve wanted to break free of Winter and yet my body has told me to stay put.
I thought it would be particularly useful to share my three lessons from this past week, as I feel the culmination of a month of transition caught up with me. This is what I mean about using the signals of the change in season to notice what’s going on for us across our whole lives too. Maybe it’s okay not to push so hard. Not to worry when we’ve had a particularly slow day. To instead choose to go with the flow of the season change, in all its forms—around us physically, in our bodies and in our minds.
Three things I learnt this week:
- More grounding is necessary. Sticking to my routines and rituals is so important. Walks, yoga, intention setting, having a clear focus for each day. Clearing space in the diary.
- Giving to others, brings me joy. Giving significance and making others feel appreciated can in turn fulfil my own needs. It doesn’t take much energy or effort to lift someone else’s spirits for the day.
- Tuning in to what my body is telling me. Small changes can make a big difference. Noticing when I feel lower on energy and choosing to slow down, rest, not push so much that day means that I replenish and restore much faster. Also means I’m way more efficient when I do sit down to focus on a task.