Nature + Relax + Grounding

Now’s the time when some of us really start to feel those winter blues. Ranging from boredom to full on Seasonal Affective Disorder, the doldrums of winter have their way of creeping in and making a home in the minds of many #Midwesterners.

In the heart of Chicago there’s always plenty to do, no matter what time of year it is. The experiences vary from season to season, but there is no lack of entertainment. Yet, this doesn’t mean that our bodies and minds are satisfied this time of year just because we are able to keep busy. In fact, keeping busy might run counter to what our bodies are yearning to do in the depths of February.

There is something to be said for letting our bodies and minds mimic the natural rhythms of the seasons and yearly cycles. When the sun is shining from 4:30am to 9:30pm in June, we naturally feel more energized, inspired, and awake. We should capitalize on the opportunities those feelings catalyze.

When snow covers the ground, the sky is gray, and there are over 14 hours of darkness at night, it only makes sense that we should feel slightly tired, a bit more fragile, and some would say, mundane. The annual dance of balance.

Perhaps we should embrace those feelings and take the extra hours of darkness to sleep a little more and give ourselves a break. Isn’t that what all the other animals are doing? Just because our human habits and obligations might sometimes force us to operate otherwise, we are still creatures of the earth and our bodies crave that connection.

Make yourself some herbal tea and cozy up, think about all those hibernating plants and animals, and, if you need to, let your thoughts drift to warmer and brighter times to come.

#Nature has created a way for us to relax - let’s take the time to embrace it. Sometimes Vibing High translates to dialing back a bit and allowing time for centering and grounding.

-Madelin Petz, VibeUP Editor

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