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Soaring with Summer Solstice

RELAX, RECUPERATE, REVITALIZE, REINVIGORATE

The approach of winter solstice is  beckoning you to slow down, reflect, take extra care of yourself and drop into the darkness and stillness of the season. But, the demands of modern life are pulling you in the opposite direction, there is pressure to shop for the perfect gifts, stay up late to attend parties consuming more alcohol, you find you are constantly on the go.

It is crucial to recognise the importance of self-care and rest during the winter solstice period. In this blog post, I want to explore the significance of winter solstice, the challenges of our fast-paced lives, and how prioritising self-care and rest can help us overcome these challenges.

The Significance of Winter Solstice:
The winter solstice marks the shortest day and darkest night of the year, symbolising a time of renewal and introspection. This is an opportunity to align ourselves with the natural world. Just as nature drops into a dormant phase during this season, you too need time to rest, receive nourishment, recharge, and nurture our body and mind.

The Challenges of Modern Life:
In our fast-paced society, there is a constant pressure to be productive, achieve more, and constantly strive for success. This can lead to neglecting our own well-being, resulting in burnout, and diminished overall health. The demands of work, social commitments, and the digital world can make it difficult to find the time and space for your own needs.

The Importance of Self-Care:
Self-care is not selfish and it is sometimes essential to reach out for help with maintaining physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Prioritising self-care might involve receiving Thai Yoga Massage with heated herbal compress  to loosen up where you may have become contracted from the cold, keeping your body moving by walking in nature, or simply getting enough sleep.

The Benefits of Rest:
Rest is not just about physical relaxation but also about creating space for reflection and introspection. It is a time to honour your body’s natural need to withdraw, nourish  and restore.

Overcoming the Challenges:
While the demands of modern life may seem relentless, finding a balance between work and rest is crucial for your overall well-being. Here are a few strategies to help take care of yourself and rest during the winter solstice:

1. Set boundaries: Learn to listen to your needs and say no to excessive commitments and obligations, prioritising the time and space for yourself to rest and recharge.

2. Create a self-care routine: Small self-care practices in your daily routine are a perfect way to retune your focus into being with your body and mind, a short guided meditation or a 10 minute online yoga class, early nights, journaling and receiving regular massage will reset your body and nervous system when you go off track.

3. Disconnect from technology: Take regular breaks from digital devices to reduce mental clutter and create space for inner stillness;

  • Can you switch your phone to ‘do not disturb’ mode for a few hours every day? That way you can check your phone when you want to rather than have it constantly grabbing your attention.
  •  Can you gift yourself a tech free hour or two before bed?

4. Seek support: Reach out to friends daily, this could be a text message, a voice note on WhatsApp, an invitation to share a home cooked meal, watch an online movie with a friend, even remotely, that way you have a real world person to talk with about what you saw. Surrounding yourself with a supportive network can help alleviate stress and generate a sense of well-being, if you are feeling alone here is a list of supportive organisations

https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/tips-for-everyday-living/loneliness/useful-contacts/

There are so many reasons that people become isolated but truly there are also many people feeling the same way and many others who know this place of feeling alone and wish to help.

 

Remember the importance of rest, physical nurture and connection with others as we approach the winter solstice. By embracing the darkness and stillness of this season, you can reconnect to take care of yourself and set foundation for a more balanced life. Prioritising self-care and rest during this time will not only benefit how you feel now but also enable you to approach the coming year with clarity, intention, and renewed vitality.

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