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Winter Time Wellness, The Ancestral Way

Winter is a tough one for me. Seasonal depression is real, and that many people go through it. Recently I have been staying true to myself by sticking to some healthy routines. When you are intentional about your self-care, winter time blues can truly be eliminated or reduced. And as always, ask yourself, what did our ancestors do?

Here are some easy tips to help you feel your best this winter:

  • Eat Seasonal Foods: Embrace the seasonal bounty by enjoying foods that are fresh and available during the winter. Think hearty soups, root vegetables, greens, citrus and stone fruits, and warming spices like cinnamon and ginger. Your household would benefit tremendously if you prepare a hearty soup at least once a week. Visit one of my favorite websites for recipe inspiration specific to your heritage. 

  • Get Plenty of Rest: Rest is essential for your healing. With shorter days and longer nights, it's natural to feel a bit more tired during the winter. Listen to your body and make sure to get plenty of rest to recharge your energy. Practice winding down with a ten minute guided meditation that could be found on YouTube (try to keep you phone far away from you, and preferably on Airplane mode, before you rest).

  • Stay Hydrated: Even though it's cold outside, it's still important to drink plenty of water. Hydration is key for supporting your immune system and keeping your skin hydrated during the dry winter months. I typically drink tea all day in the winter. A hot cup of tea is warming to the soul, and if made intentionally is also medicine! When drinkning water, electrify your water with fruit, mint leaves, ginger, or even a pinch of salt, all of which are better at absorbing into your body than just plain water. Try to stay away from single use water bottles as they often are ridden with toxic chemicals. 

  • Connect with Nature: I know, this one is tough. I have a tendency to hide in my house all winter and enjoy the sun from my window. Even if it's just for a short walk, spending time outdoors can do wonders for your mood and overall well-being. Bundle up and breathe in the crisp winter air! It is truly a life saver during the winter. 

  • Stay Warm: Keep yourself bundled up in warm clothes and cozy blankets. Our ancestors knew the importance of staying warm during the winter months to avoid getting sick. As a mom, you gain this natural “child put some clothes on” mentality. Through that process I've learned that by keeping your neck, head, feet and hands protected, you are always ready to face the winter. So, get a few turtle necks, some beautiful scarfs/fabric for your crown, and a solid pair of gloves and stay warm my love. 

  • Practice Gratitude: Take a moment each day to reflect on what you're grateful for. Cultivating a sense of gratitude can help shift your perspective and bring more joy into your life, even during the darkest days of winter. Try listing 3 things you are grateful for when you first rise, and before you rest. Do that consistently and watch how your life will shift into more joy. 

  • Make Medicine: Last week I made a batch of herbal honey. All I did was pour local raw honey over my herbs of choice, I used sage, ginger, garlic, and thyme. Typically this can be made in the fall so that it is ready for winter. This was a simple recipe that will be used for my entire family for healing at home. If you are interested in learning how to make other simple recipes, check out my free Healing At Home E-book.

Remember, ancestral winter wellness is all about embracing the season and taking care of ourselves in a way that honors our heritage. So grab a warm cup of tea, cozy up by the fire, and embrace the magic of winter!

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