Winter Solstice

Cassandra Tondro, "Winter Solstice," abstract painting

Hello Dear Friends,

In the northern hemisphere, we’re approaching winter solstice, the shortest day of the year.

California is warmer than many other areas, but it’s still chilly here, and there’s less sunlight with the shorter days. I feel like I want to hibernate on the couch with Netflix and a cup of hot tea until it warms up in spring.

But hibernating on the couch isn’t a realistic option for most of us, so what are we to do?

I feel better when I schedule fewer activities and slow down a bit to accomodate the natural rhythms of the season. Naps are an option when I feel tired, and I spend more time doing quiet things like reading, meditating and writing.

I also find that I have more energy when I pay attention to what I eat, emphasizing cooked foods that are warming, like soups and stews, over anything cold or raw.

Add cold-weather vegetables, like roots and sturdy greens, to your diet for more stamina. Cooked carrots, beets, parsnips, turnips, kale, collards, and chard are all good choices.

I also warm up with hot baths, hot beverages and a hot water bottle, although I’ve heard these impede the body’s ability to adjust to the cold. I’m not one to tough it out! When the house is in the 50s, I’m turning the heater on.

What ways have you found to adjust to the energetic changes that winter brings? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

Happy Solstice, friends! May you find moments of joy to brighten this darkest time of year.

With love and appreciation,

Painting at top: “Winter Solstice,” 36 x 36 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint on canvas


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