Lots of others are longing for this too. When people complain to me about having seasonal affective disorder I remind them that the natural thing to do in winter is to slow down, nap a lot, allow the body to rest, and my theory is that S.A.D is about being out of balance with that natural urge. And they universally say to me, “Yes! That is what I need, what my body and soul want.”
I have come to really love this season of stillness and darkness. I try not to do a lot of planning before the solstice, the return of the light. I try to allow myself to not know what’s next, to allow the seeds of what’s next their time to germinate in darkness, before they come to light.
After pushing myself hard the last few months, I really needed this down time. My body has been feeling the effects of the stress too: my fibromyalgia symptoms have flared up, and I have been craving sugar. By allowing myself this time of not-pushing, I am now feeling much more serene and still inside. In a good way. The days are already getting noticeably longer, and I’m beginning to be ready to start looking ahead.
There are, of course, nutritional supports that counter stress. Healthy fats and probiotics do wonders for mood and patience levels. I truly believe that it’s hard to feel good mentally and spiritually if we are pumping our bodies full of toxins all the time, and that healing our nutritional deficiencies allows our minds and spirits to blossom and grow. That’s one reason the Gut and Psychology Syndrome makes so much sense to me.
But, it’s also important not to overlook the other things that contribute to a sense of nourishment and fulfillment. Allowing time within each day, each week, and each year for stillness and non-doing is essential to my serenity and equilibrium throughout the year.