5 Winter Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Warmth and Calm Your Mind
Our winter here has been unusually cold. We've had the longest cold snap in years, with temperatures regularly below 0°C. Part of me is thrilled! I love snow, and my ideal winter temperature is between - 5 and - 18°C. But the boys and I have been sick, and cold temperatures are a bit more trouble when you're fighting colds and coughs. We haven't been our usual adventurous selves lately. Olin is also stuck in my least favorite stage: crawling. He wants to roam, so he isn't as content to just hang out in the carrier. But he can get everywhere and into everything now, and fast. I just want him to hurry up and walk so at least he won't crawl all over the floors when we go out anywhere. Being at home too much is a trigger for my depression. For anyone's depression I think! And too much idle time tends to make my brain feel buzzy, like it has reverb. I can't focus on any one thing, I feel tired, but I can't sleep. There's everything to do, but where to start? I end up in sort of a fog. I've been relying on my skills to get me through it. It isn't easy. I have to convince myself and take a lot of baby steps, and not indulge too much. One thing I always come back to, to quiet the noise and put me into wise mind to make a decision, is mindfulness. With that said, here are 5 Winter-themed mindfulness exercises you can try!
- If you're in an area where ponds freeze over, go watch a pick up hockey game. Listen to the sound of skates on the ice. Follow just the puck, or pick a skater and watch just them.
- Play in the snow! Feel a snowball as it forms in your hand. One-mindfully have a snowball fight with your kids!
- Get a hot chocolate and dip it slowly, noticing the warmth. See how long you can track the heat as it cascades down your throat.
- Try the Kundilini yogic practice of "Breath of Fire". Not only will you be focusing on breath and clearing your mind, you'll be strengthening your diaphragm and balancing your digestive organs.
- Try a snowflake themed meditation. Picture them falling all around you, landing on you. Try and imagine different crystal shapes. Watch them melt on your palm.