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Summer Wellness Vs Winter Wellness: Why the Same Schedule in Different Seasons Does Not Work!

Updated: May 13

Have you ever felt your routine slipping in the cooler months? When it gets dark, it’s as if your energy is zapped in half. Likewise, do you find yourself springing out of bed when it’s already light out and suddenly you’re more energized than usual?

This is not always a coincidence.

Often, it is just your natural body rhythm trying to communicate with you. Unfortunately, we seldom listen. We keep pushing for the 5 am wake-up, even when it is only getting light at 7:30 am. We keep insisting on running at the same pace, giving ourselves the same amount of input energy and not adjusting through the seasons.

The simple truth is that more often than not, we do not have a choice. Modern life does not give us the option to adjust our lives to the seasons. It is unforgiving and mostly requires a steady pace from us at work, home, and in society. Should it be this way? Are we serving ourselves or society? And is anyone actually benefiting from ignoring their rhythm?

The simple answer is no. We do not benefit from overriding our bodies. We may be able to push through our patterning and achieve the desired result, but is it sustainable? Is it aiding our longevity? Is it the best way to view our day-to-day?

Let’s discuss a simple alternative to this: The Seasons Approach.

Let’s consider approaching the season with a strategy that serves the season as well as our body's needs. Imagine the following structure and consider how you may end up feeling better, living better, working better, and aging better!

In the warmer months, we have more daylight to work with. We are fueled by the increased UV, vitamin D, and energy around us. People are happier, our social situations are more inclusive. You will always feel like moving more. It is more enjoyable simply to walk and be outdoors. By wearing less clothing, exposing more of yourself, you are more likely to lean into exercise too.

All of these factors make it easier to follow a routine of waking up earlier, exercising regularly, and being more social. Your body is burning less energy trying to keep warm which automatically decreases your appetite. The warmer months are likely when you will feel like you have the ability to maintain this incredible, easygoing healthy routine. Bliss!

So what happens in the winter? What happens to the routine when it’s cold and dark and gloomy? The advice is typically this: Keep the routine the same! Do not let your habits slip! Do not let yourself be lazy in the winter!

Great - how has that been working for you?

I’d wager a guess that for many people, winter gets depressing and the summer schedule gets increasingly difficult to sustain. We then are disappointed with ourselves. We have failed. We are unmotivated and all of it gets even darker.

So, what about this instead? In the winter - act like it’s winter!

The days are shorter - yours should be too. The lack of light will mean you need more rest, more restore time. So give yourself that. Going to bed just 15-30 minutes earlier and waking up just 15-30 minutes later during the winter months will do wonders for your body, mood, and mental wellbeing. Try to move during the day, when it’s daylight, and you can still get exposure to the light (Even gloomy grey light has a percentage of important UV!)

Eat warmer foods, drink warmer drinks, and adjust the intensity of your routine. No, it does not make you lazy, or weak, or dramatic. It will mean that you are giving your body more of what it needs, in a manner that makes sense for your environment.

Simple conclusion:

Listening to your environment will mean you are well rested, eneegized and happier. Do not make your health and wellness journey any more difficult than it already is!

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