I have never been a fan of winter, or of being cold.
Recently I’ve discovered a similar transition into the colder months that I experience with my luteal/menstrual phase.
And I’ve come up with a theory (and since then have seen other ladies talk about it as well). But my theory is that the different phases of our menstrual cycles correlate to different months. And by that I mean we have a similar feeling during that phase that we do in that phase.
It could differ person to person, and be dependent on where you live. But for me it goes a little something like this:
Luteal Phase = Fall
Menstrual Phase = Winter
Follicular Phase = Spring
Ovulatory Phase = Summer
Cold weather has always been something I’ve struggled with and even fought at different times. But this year I am taking a different approach.
The same approach I have when I’m headed into my luteal and menstrual phase.
And the two big strategies there are:
+ Allowing myself to slow down. I love a fast paced, super inspired, productive day, but we all know that can’t happen every day. Mid way through my luteal phase I notice the pull to slow down, and I’ve really challenged myself over the past year or so to listen to that.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised when I do. And I’m going to approach winter the same way.
+ I recently discovered the Danish term “hygge” (pronounced hoo-ga) and while it looks like I’m behind the times, something about it resonated with me. And in particular during my period, and now as it is getting colder.
I saw it described as:
- the art of building sanctuary and community, of inviting closeness and paying attention to what makes us feel open hearted and alive;
- to create well-being, connection and warmth;
- a feeling of belonging to the moment and to each other;
- celebrating the everyday
Doesn’t that sound just absolutely freaking lovely?
And I’ve realized. It’s ok to transition to “delights" of winter, warm baths, hot drinks, curling up with a good book, sitting in front of a fire place, spending time with family, wearing warm, cozy clothes, fuzzy socks, and just making your space into a place you can sink into comfort and relaxation in.
Seriously, go on Pinterest and dive into the world of hygge for a moment (if you haven’t already of course).
Now, a few other things I plan to focus on this fall and winter:
+ Setting a sleeping schedule and sticking to it. The days are getting shorter and darker and while I love waking up with the sun, it’s not making it’s appearance until around 7:30 am.
I love my mornings when I wake up at 6 a.m. because the stat of my day is the best time for me. When I start my day sooner I feel calmer, accomplished, and less rushed.
+ Going along with that we’ve decided that we’re going to buy a sunrise simulator clock when we get back from France. A friend of mine got one last year and swears by it saying it was a revolutionary purchase. And I’m ready for that.
+ And finally is something I try to do year round, but it’s especially important (and slightly more difficult when it’s cold) is to exercise and eat a balanced diet of whole plant based foods.
Heading into winter with this strategy makes me feel much more accepting of the weather and at ease with the transition.
Not to mention we’re already talking about how we can escape the worst of it in January and February.