November 18, 2020Wellness Lifestyle Good reads
From Gord’s Desk: Winter Is Coming: How to Adopt a Positive Winter Mindset
As the weather starts getting colder and cases are on the rise, many of us are preparing for the long winter that is looming. Rather than dreading this time, we can look for inspiration from Scandinavia, where people live with some of the darkest, longest winters and yet are consistently ranked the happiest people in the world. So, what is their secret? After reading this New York Times article, I felt a sense of inspiration from our Nordic neighbours and wanted to share some strategies on how to adopt a positive winter time mindset.
- Get Outdoorphins
If the thought of leaving your warm house in below zero temperatures sounds miserable, it actually has the opposite effect as many people refer to these benefits as ‘outdoorphins’. Once you are actually outside (in good clothing), it always feels better than you thought it would. Studies have shown the benefits of being in nature can improve your mood and your mental and physical health. Go to the nearest spot around that you like (a park, the harbour, a creek) and take in the view! Feel the temperature, the wind, the air and don’t forget to bring hot coffee!
- How to Hygge
‘Hygge’ is the Danish word for the embrace of anything cozy. It is a huge part of Danish national identity and culture where it is considered the antidote for the cold winter. Making things hygge around your home can consist of fuzzy blankets, warm beverages and knitted socks, but the essence is about feeling the sense of cozy both physically and psychologically. To learn more about how to incorporate hygge into your life, check out this article here.
- Appreciate Winter
Changing your mind-set can start with, well, changing your mind. Try appreciating winter in your thoughts and your speech. When it comes to your thoughts, start by figuring out what you like about the winter. Maybe it’s the chance to light fires, even during the daytime. Maybe it’s an opportunity to get absorbed in cooking, or reading, or art. Maybe it’s the way the world goes quiet just after a fresh snowfall. Then, whatever it is, try to consciously focus on those things. Having a positive wintertime mind-set doesn’t mean denying the realities of winter or pretending you like every aspect of winter.
I look forward to implementing these three strategies into my life this winter and I encourage you to share your strategies to embrace the changing of seasons. Hope this newsletter finds you well.