Shaking off the Winter Blues

I don’t know about you but I’ve been experiencing a kind of lockdown fatigue. I’ve set the intention to get back into shape after the holidays but it feels a bit like an uphill battle with everything kind of standing still. I guess what I’m saying is, some days it’s a challenge not to become a complete couch potato. :)

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WINTER BLUES

And I’m not alone in this, a lot of people in my circle report the same thing. It’s partly the fact that we’re staying at home most of the time, but also the weight of the whole situation and how long it’s been going on. Couple that with the winter months and you’ve got a perfect recipe for making you feel a bit lethargic.​

I DON’T HAVE A FORMULA FOR THIS

And I may disappoint you in saying this but there’s no one-size-fits-all formula that you could follow in this scenario and magically feel amazing all of a sudden. But for me at least, it always circles back to self-care. Am I doing enough to fill my own cup? And here’s the thing, the mind is very cunning when it comes to this.

MY USUAL PATTERN:

  1. I start feeling a bit down wondering why when everything in my life seems to be going well (given the circumstances).
  2. I have an “aha” moment realizing I’ve allowed myself to slack off on some of my self-care routines.
  3. I prioritize self-care again and, big surprise, start feeling better.
  4. I’ve been feeling good for a while and my mind starts to convince me that I don’t need those self-care routines now that all is well.
  5. Repeat from step 1. :)

SELF-CARE IS A LIFELONG PROJECT

What I’m saying is, even though I care deeply about wellbeing, I’m not perfect. All I can do is recognize the pattern, be kind to myself when it happens, and gradually shorten the time it takes me to realize I slipped. Because self-care is a life-long project.

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