Winter is a time for wellness within. In Kinesiology we study the 5 Element theory of Chinese Philosophy which consists of 5 elements; fire, earth, metal, water, wood. Each element is related to a season and has particular colours, emotions, body organs and meridians associated with it. Winter is related to the following:
Emotion: Fear, Anxiety
Organs: Kidney, Bladder
Winter and the Water element is all about resting and retreating. It is a time to slow down, reflect and gather our energy in warmth and comfort. Winter is the time to be gentle and nurturing with ourselves. It is the perfect time to hunker down and go inwards. When we have a balanced water element we are adaptable and have courage. If not we tend to find that we can be controlled by fear and anxiety, are withdrawn & impotent, allowing fate to dictate our lives. Imbalances can also make a person be too driven/workaholic with fears around what will happen if they stop.
Water element focuses on the bladder and kidney. With winter being the perfect time to rest & recover try honouring your body with some of the following:
- Eat warming foods in particular soups & broths that are nutritious, nurturing and easy to digest
- Remember to still drink lots of water as we can forget in cooler weather. Try warm water instead of room temperature
- Get to bed earlier
- Rest and relax more rather than doing a lot and pushing yourself to go go go
- Take the time to be reflective and contemplate want you really want in life
- Take the time for yin activities like watching movies, reading a good book, art and exploring your creativity
- Do some calming yoga
- Enjoy a massage
- Experience a float tank or have an Epsom salt bath
- You can still be social but why not gather in front of the fire with some good stories and board games
- Have a healing session to deal with any fears/phobias, anxiety, intimacy or trust issues, control issues, health issues with bones, growth & development, ears/hearing, kidneys, bladder or lumbar pain.
- Really listen to your body, eat what it wants to eat (hot chocolate, fabulous chai tea or mulled wine tend to be my fave indulgences), do what it wants to do and follow your gut instincts and DO NOT feel guilty for resting. It is essential to rest and recuperate to be ready to burst forth in spring for new activity and growth.
“Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour.”… John Boswell
Wishing you all Winter Wellness,