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enjoy winter with ease

California yosemite national park in witner

Some practical tips for enjoying winter

1. Dress the part

When you engage in nature you will often find yourself rewarded by her beauty. Whether it be a sunrise, sunset, spotting a hawk, owl, or eagle. Nature is always blessing us with gifts. We feel whole when we are in nature, we feel happy and we feel the sense of connection. Do your sweet self a favor and find yourself in the cold slumber of winter.

And of course the basics…


Warm coat
Hat
Scarf or wool neck gaiter
Gloves
Sunglasses

Dress in layers, you build warmth through the air between layers, pretty cool, right 😀 I like to wear a pair of leggings or my smart wool base layer. Followed by my lined Carhart pants (I have had these for many years and they are really serving their purpose) Work with what you have and make note of what works and what doesn’t. I’ll wear a wool underlayer (synthetic or wool are best if you plan to be active in the winter) On top of my wool undershirt, I will wear a hoodie, zip up, sweater. It all depends on the day and what I have available. For your feet, try and get some wool socks. I really love smart wool and darn tough socks. Skiing socks can be extra cozy. For your shoes, try and wear something fit for winter and with some traction for the icy areas. You can even put in some foot warmers if you want to be extra comfortable.

 

Bring a backpack with all the essentials

❄ Extra layer just in case (maybe a vest)

❄ Binoculars for all you bird lovers out there

❄ Hand warmers

❄ Protein bar, I really like Aloha

❄ Any other snacks to satisfy, dates, walnuts, apples, oranges etc. Whatever is easy to carry around.

2. Be in the “wild”

If you have a backyard, you can start there. Otherwise check out local parks. Use your friend google and see what’s within a 20 minute drive from your house. I live in Ann Arbor, Michigan and I am still discovering new parks 😀

 

Try ones you have never been to before. Meet up with a friend and make it a new tradition to meet up at a park every other week. Bring something tasty to share with them, preferably something warm right? Cacao, anyone 😀 You don’t have to be out there all day, just start with half an hour and increase from there. Take note of what you might have needed to be more comfortable. Maybe you need some snow boots, more snacks, etc.

3. Disconnect

Put your phone in focus or airplane mode and learn to let go of that connection.

There isn’t anything you have to do but be here now.

This doesn’t mean you can’t meet up with others, it just means to be in the present moment. Allow yourself to really settle where you are. Enjoying nature or your company in the best most compassionate and open hearted way. Being in nature allows are minds to soften. We begin to enter a soothing mental space especially when we are present. The Japanese art of forest bathing suggests that we go slow and observe and absorb our environment. Enjoy your body senses…

What do you hear?

Are there any smells?

What can you touch?

Don’t be afraid to talk to nature and interact with her. This is such a powerful way to commune with the spirit of ourselves. We are nature and she is always inviting us in to enrich our lives.

I hope these tips help you to deepen your connection to nature. Nature has truly been a blessing in my life to experience. Even on the cold days. Nature helps calm my mind and connect me with my true self. I believe being in nature have helped to sooth my monkey mind creating much less “depressive” and “anxious” thought patterns. If you have ever heard the phrase, Nature Heals…I agree and I know you will too.

Let me know all the beautiful ways you have been connecting with the natural world.

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