For those of you who might not be aware I spent my formative years growing up in Africa, and although I’ve been living in Canada for almost 30 years, winter always catches me by surprise. I know it’s coming I change my wardrobe, get my house ready, purchase updated protective gear for my kids, celebrate Christmas and then winter comes. AGAIN!!! I KNOW!!!
It’s CRAZY that I’m surprised every time!! I’m surprised by all the challenges that living with such cold weather brings; surprised by the physical effects, by the emotional effects. I’m surprised every year!
Then I realized something; sometimes it can be this way with feelings. You may find yourself in a difficult situation. You may think you’re ready and then it happens and all those feelings and everything else comes back. AGAIN??? Surprise!!! You thought you had prepared and here you are AGAIN.
You know what? It’s OK; you are allowed to have those feelings. Because like me and winter, you get to choose how to deal with them. Sometimes all it takes is a change of perspective.
I go for Winter Yoga Walks. I bundle up and look for things that make me happy and I give myself credit for getting out of the house and coming up with the concept of a Winter Yoga Walk. Then instead of curling up into a ball; I give myself credit for going outside.
I start giving self-credit for every darn thing that it takes for me to handle winter. You know what? When I give credit for every little accomplishment that I have made; winter can be tolerable. With a change of perspective so can your situation. You are much stronger than you may feel at times. Give yourself credit.