Winter is a time for introspection and self-reflection. It is a time for moments of cosy solitude and deep wonderings. Often these processes can feel overwhelming, however if we choose to approach them with the excitement and carefree attitude of our inner child, they become lightened somewhat.
With all the demands, responsibilities and necessities of adult life in a Western society, our inner child is often pushed to the side and neglected. We are too busy; stressing about work, paying the bills, rushing from commitment to commitment, ticking tasks off of our never-ending to-do list to nourish and console our inner child, to let our wildness dance freely. This is what I ask of you now.
Last week we learned all about how to nourish our physical bodies adequately for Winter by focusing on specific nutrients, (If you missed last weeks blog, catch up here www.healthylifecentreedinburgh.com/blog/winter-wellness-how-to-optimise-your-immune-system-with-wholefoods-and-supplementation) now let us turn our focus to our minds.
Greet your inner child, apologise for your absence and promise to engage in activities which let them run free.
What encourages your inner child to emerge from their hiding place?
Creativity is in each and every one of us; it is a practice which lives in abundance in children but that which we often lose touch of in older life. The beautiful thing about creative practices is that they come in many forms depending on the individual. Some may have lost touch of their creative tools through adulthood but you can always turn back to those practices, to re-ignite your inner child - they are always there waiting to play. We are often plagued with the need to earn money, to eat right, to exercise well but where is the play? Check yourself in for a big dose of silliness to lighten up these darker days, and as always, please be kind to yourself.
Next week we'll be thinking about how to get outside and really tune in to our bodily intuition to seek the type of movement which is most nourishing to us during these shorter days. Until then, be gentle with yourself lovely humans.
[Written by Ashley Roy - Friendly face at HLC and Naturopathic Nutrition student]
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