Boosting Your Energy Through the Bitter Cold of Winter
February 1, 2022 - Shauna Jurczak
It’s the dead of winter here in Western Canada. We have temperature highs of -25 Celsius and more snow than we have places to shovel it. When it’s this cold and this snowy, it’s difficult to get the energy to do much of anything. Needless to say, everyone’s energy is starting to dwindle.
While we sit back, battling snow anxiety and dreaming of spring, we have two choices: hide under a blanket, hoping that our energy will come back with the blooming of spring flowers, or add a few energy healing and mood boosting activities to our week.
Simple little things can go a long way in keeping our energy and our spirits up. Some of my favorites include:
Taking a hot bath or shower
I don’t mean your regular “get clean” shower or bath. I’m taking about one of those “spa-at-home” type experiences, where you steam up the bathroom, pull out your favorite scented bath products, and stay in there for an extra 15 minutes, relaxing and soaking up the warmth of the water around you. Nothing is more rejuvenating both mentally and physically!
Sipping a warm drink
No, rushing through your morning coffee doesn’t count here! This is the kind of warm drink you pour in your favorite mug, and sit back for a half an hour, as you ignore the world around you, mindfully sipping your drink. Allow yourself to feel, and embrace, the warmth of the cup on your hands, and the way the warm drink soothes you from within after every sip. Letting go of all your cares and worries for 30-minutes. Now that sounds like a perfect plan!
Listening to music
Need to relax? There’s a playlist for that. Need to pick yourself up? Guess what, there’s a playlist for that too! Music is known to boost mood, energy, and productivity. Why not create your favorite mood boosting playlist to play as you get ready in the morning? You’ll be set for the day ahead, and ready to take on any cold weather challenge Mother Nature throws at you.
Kitchen dance parties
Similar to music, dancing releases positive endorphins. Dancing around your house (or anywhere!) will boost your mood, increase your energy, and leave you feeling fantastic. Having one of those days where you feel like the whole world was resting on your shoulders? Why not have a little kitchen dance party as you cook dinner? Dance away that energy sucking stress and replace it with positive, energy boosting endorphins.
Resting, Napping and Meditating
Sometimes we don’t need a physical recharge. What we actually need is stillness to re-center ourselves. Resting, even just laying on the couch for a night watching your favorite show or goal setting in your journal, meditating to start of end your day, or taking a 20-minute cat-nap might be the key selfcare element you need to reignite your energy and keep your going until spring.
Remember It’s the Little Things That Often Do The Most
These simple little things added in to your routine regularly will help keep you feeling physically and mentally recharged. Yes, it’s cold, dark and snowy these days, but that doesn’t mean you need to feel like a cold, dark and snowy mess. You also don’t need a lot of time or money to treat yourself to some rest and revitalization. Before you know it, the cold days of energy draining winter will be a memory, and you’ll be the boss who made it through with flying colors!