The weather has been very strange this year, with big changes in temperatures. There is no doubt that it takes its toll on the physical body, which needs to adjust, and on our capacity to deal with emotions, changes, fears, etc.
Connecting to the energy shift
In the Western world, Spring officially starts on March 20, but in Chinese medicine, it has already started. In Chinese medicine they actually have 5 seasons, and they rely on the “energetical” aspect of the elements, meaning for us exactly the same as for nature, the potential of blooming and opening up happens energetically weeks before materialising.
Springtime is therefore an important period of the year to pay attention to your health, take care of yourself in order to transition gently.
Resting and sleeping
Often when Spring arrives, we experience a change of mood. More sun means more time outside for a lot of people, a sense of renewal, new cycle, hope and joy. That is wonderful, of course. However, we might feel overtired and even though it can be surprising, it’s actually completely normal. For some reason it seems easier or maybe less taboo to accept to rest when we transition from Summer to Fall or from Fall to Winter, and yet we should also learn to rest when Spring arrives, and not put ourselves at higher risks of getting sick because we feel we “must” feel good now that the sun is out.
We tend to sleep more in winter as days are shorter; now that the days are becoming longer and longer, even though it’s a nice feeling, it’s important not to fall into the trap of thinking we need less sleep. We need to keep a good sleeping hygiene, meaning making sure to sleep well and sleep for long enough. Maybe even allow ourselves to go to bed a bit earlier than what we are used to, just by trusting our natural cycles without fighting too much.
When Springs arrives, we also want to go outside more, enjoy the sun, have a drink afterwork on a terrace, etc. That’s great, but as we are just coming back from winter, all our resources can be empty from “surviving” winter. Our immune system and Vitamin D levels might be quite low. We have slowed down a bit and we need to come back out of hibernation slowly and carefully, taking our time, just like Nature, again trusting our body and the signs.
Accepting, trusting your body, and learning to surrender rather than fight
So just like any difficult emotions, loss, changes, the key to transition smoothly is acceptance. Letting go of “should, must, have to” and listening to your physical sensations. I am not for any dogma or extreme and I also believe everyone is different. We all need to eat healthy and move our body for instance but what works for me, might not work for you. So I really want to encourage you to become your best friend, try things, think for yourself, feel what is right for you. Spring is a good time to check in on your liver though, and do a detox, again whichever one feels right to you.
Spring is when we are invited to go more outward, but again, it’s for you to find out what works, how much social time you want and need, in comparison to how much alone time you want.
Finally I’d like to invite you to watch your thoughts and the words you use. I often hear people saying life is a battle, or they need to control their emotions, tame their thoughts, etc. When we listen, stop, surrender, life flows. When we fight our true desires and needs, we deny our body and soul their potential to develop, grow and be happy. When the body gets sick, it’s often because it’s trying to show us a different path. When you can’t sleep, it means your soul is inviting you to rethink your way of life. Etc.
If you need support with all of this, please get some. Getting support is not a sign of weakness, it actually means you are brave, you want to change and I would be happy to help you with whatever you need.
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I wish you a great Spring!