Rest, Renewal and Winter

It is cold outside.  It has been cold outside, and it will continue to be cold outside.  I was talking with a client today about the weather.   Even though the beauty is all around us, it is hard to find when it feels too cold to go outdoors and we feel trapped by our surroundings. Fatigue and depression can be all too common in the winter months. The tendency to feel tired and sad or depressed occurs when we try to fight the natural rhythm of our environment. Chinese medicine looks at winter as a deep dark time of stillness and renewal.  It is the time to nurture our bodies through rest and warmth.  I encourage you to honor and listen to your body.  Make a cup of warm tea, stay home more often, and tuck into bed a little earlier.   Winter can be a time of great warmth and renewal.