I can already feel it in the air: the slight chill on the breeze, the cold starting to bite the tip of my nose.
Winter is certainly on its way, and with that comes a whole host of challenges - the cold, yes, but also the darkness of later sunrises and earlier sunsets as well as the isolating temptation to pull back and hide out.
But recognizing the cold, dark and sometimes isolating challenges of winter can help us prepare for it and see it for what it can be: a period with potential for feeling rested, nourished and restored (if you know how to navigate the challenging part, that is).
In winter, we can relish the shining stars and brilliant moon, the blazing warmth of fireplaces and the cocooning comfort of blankets.
If you find the limited daylight challenging, using daylight lamps can be helpful, as can making time to move your body and get some fresh air.
Waking up and going to sleep around the same time can help you find a rhythm for the season, too, providing you with a sense of structure to fall back on.
Beyond that, connecting with yourself through yoga, meditation and journaling are all useful tools to help you look inwards and give you the energy to carefully and consciously look outwards - joining in on social gatherings that you want to attend (and saying no to those you don’t) or even planning hearty, soul-satisfying meals with others - whether for a holiday event or just a random weekday.
Winter offers an opportunity for rest, an opportunity to seek out and relish warmth and comfort. If you can, take advantage of this opportunity.
Use it to understand yourself, to care for yourself, to invest in yourself.
And if you find it challenging, know that you’re not alone - and that I’m always here to help.
Irina emits a healing energy that just feels good to be with. Each time we've met, I've relaxed into her presence, openness, authenticity and ability to offer support. She has helped me gain the perspective I needed to be more compassionate and gentle with myself. If you're ready to do the hard work of personal growth, I'd highly recommend partnering with Irina.
For me, it was a very magical experience to see how Irina could feel where my body's energy was 'stuck' and how she could guide me through unblocking it. In the end, I just felt the energy flowing through my body in a part where I don't think I ever felt it flowing like that before, or at least not for the last years that I can remember. I literally felt like my body was saying, "hello, there you are!".
I went into our first session feeling disconnected from my femininity, having had a long history of feeling stressed and anxious and not caring for myself enough. After putting Irina's advice into practice between sessions, I feel so much more connected to myself, aware of my cycle, and much more of a woman than ever.