January and February have sometimes felt like “hump months” for me.
Don’t get me wrong: I love winter.
I’m a February baby and a huge introvert, so the short days, long evenings, and solitude of this season bring a sense of comfort to my introspective heart.
But the cold winter months can also feel emotionally, physically, and even spiritually, well- dreary.
Even for an introvert like me.
Perhaps the over-stimulation of the holidays are just a bit too much for my sensitive nature.
Or maybe I miss the sunshine more than I realize.
Whatever the reasons, I’ve had to learn to take care of myself differently during the winter months than I do the rest of the year.
I like to keep things simple, so I really only have ONE winter self-care tip for introverts:
Nourish, Don’t Fight.
As an introvert, I very often find myself in “fight or flight” mode.
And nearly anything can trigger this tendency:
- A poor night’s sleep.
- Too much noise.
- Too much light; or, conversely, too many dreary days.
- Too much interaction with people and not enough down time.
- A weakened immune system from stress or sickness.
- Relational issues.
- Worry or fear.
It’s true: the regular demands of real life can trigger a tail spin in my body and/or emotions.
If I’m not intentional about staying “centered,” I’ll end up doing what introverts do best: internalizing, over-thinking, withdrawing and, worse-case-scenario, imploding.
Very typical responses for introverts who also happen to be highly sensitive people, right?
I was recently talking with my sister, Julie- a fellow introvert- and she shared a perspective that I’d never considered:
Instead of “fighting,” why don’t we nourish?
I’ve pondered this a while and realized that I’m very much a fighter, and very little of a natural nurturer.
Consider the things that I “fight” on any given day- you likely relate to at least a few of these:
- I fight a cold or sickness…
- I fight discouragement…
- I fight traffic… (here in the Metroplex, this is a biggie)
- I fight a bad attitude…
- I fight fatigue…
- I fight the urge to quit…
The list could continue, almost indefinitely. (Maybe you thought of a few things to add?)
But what does it look like to nourish instead of fight?
I’m actually getting to put this one into practice this week (yay me).
In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s officially Cold and Flu Season. And sickness kicks me into “fight” mode almost like nothing else on earth.
This time, instead of fiercely focusing on “fixing” my body so that I can move on with my endless list of tasks, I’m leaning into the day and embracing rest as my friend.
Honestly, this is a paradigm shift for my fierce, fighter heart.
In all the hustle to just keep producing, we can so easily lose sight of the beautiful delicacy that our bodies actually represent.
Bodies which need rest, nutrition, TLC and nourishment.
Try embracing a paradigm of nourishing your body and emotions, not just fighting sickness, fighting fatigue, or fighting to walk the tight rope of a too-full schedule.
Ways to nourish your introverted self during the winter months:
- Sleep in when you can, or
- take cat naps when you can.
- Learn the art of making a healing bone broth, or
- buy organic bone broth and keep it on hand.
- Create a ritual of enjoying a hot beverage every day.
- Eat well and don’t skip meals.
- Drink plenty of water (even though you may not feel as thirsty during the winter months).
- Work out two or three times a week.
- If possible, move around outside every day!
- Do not neglect to take a quality vitamin, mineral, and probiotic supplement. (This is my personal favorite.)
- Take long, hot Epsom salt baths at least weekly.
- Wear your sunshine! A colorful scarf, bright cardigan, or pretty coat can add some cheer on a dreary winter day.
—–> For more reading, check out 5 Things I Do For My Health As a Mom
- Indulge in reading inspiring books on a regular basis. (Here are my favorite reads.)
- Take time to write in a journal at least once-a-week.
- Don’t be afraid to say “no” to social outings or commitments.
- Cultivate “down time” in the afternoons or evenings.
- Create a space that just yours; mine is a tiny writing area in the corner of our bedroom.
- Listen to inspiring music.
- Light candles, or
- keep a supply of your favorite Scentsy wax melts on hand (my personal favorite is “Luna”).
- Sneak away for coffee or a browse through a book store at least once-a-week… by yourself.
- Block off a date night with your husband, or a close girl friend, once or twice a month.
For further reading, check out I Need a Beautiful Place.
What about you?
Do you find this season to be a bit of a “hump?”
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Do you relate more to “nourishing” or “fighting?”
What would you add to this list?
Here’s to living & loving well-
P.S. I’m currently reading this fantastic book, by Jamie C. Martin- The Introverted Mom. I highly recommend it!