❄️Winter Blues Theraphy🦋

This time of year in New England can be challenging if you can’t get away to someplace warmer, but there are a few things you can do to pick your spirits up…

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There is nothing so beautiful than a freshly fallen snow, but the day after when it starts getting dirty and then melts it’s not so beautiful…this is my side yard when I come out to get into my car, the snow is not too bad…IMG_5476 but when it melts, it’s desolate and can get me down.   This is my therapy for the winter blues…I visualize what my yard and garden will look like in a couple of months, or I even look at pictures such as these…just doing this post picked up my spirits!!!
IMG_1573This is the same yard in the spring and summer…very hopeful🤗

 

This is our backyard, I took these photos this week, again the snow is not bad the first day but when it melts, yikes!!backyard

And this is the same yard in the summer❤️

cape backyard 2Now we are at Cape Cod, no different there…I took these photos last weekend!

summer cape backyardThis is the same view in the spring to summer…it won’t be long now!!cottageThe front of our little cottage…

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🌺Summertime🌺

holeThis is the road going down to the beach from our cottage…We didn’t feel like walking this day at 20 degrees F.

summer hole 2This is the same street in August when Gina and the boys came to visit…aaah!!

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A little yoga to help with the winter blues and other things too!!

Me and the bunny😂

 

During the winter, cool weather can decrease blood circulation, so practicing Legs Up the Wall Pose for a few minutes can help to regulate blood circulation and release tightness.  My yoga teacher always tells us that the yogis call this pose the Fountain of Youth Pose…part of the reason is it lets gravity provide the brain with more oxygen and blood, improving concentration, memory, and processing abilities…so if you can just do one yoga pose once in a while, this would be it!!   Even the bunny needs a little therapy for the winter blues too, and she is actually doing it better than me.  If I could possibly get onto my shoulders, it would be more beneficial, but the way I’m doing it is how our teacher taught us, so I think that will work the magic also!!

 

As we age our breathing gets shallower and this tends to make us anxious. I never knew how to deep belly breathe until I started taking yoga, just the breathing has calmed me down quite a bit…now when I’m in the doctor’s office getting ready for a blood pressure check, if I do deep breathing before, my blood pressure goes down!!  This yoga breathing technique is also a help with the winter blues…have you ever stopped at a red light and looked around at the dirty snow and just don’t know how you’re going to make it another 2 months until spring?!!  Do this breathing a couple of times and before you know it the light will be green and you’ll be relaxed and on your way!!!

 

Yesterday I was shoveling the front walk of leftover ice and snow from the last night’s storm, I knew I had a photo of flowers adorning the front of the house…I took a deep breath and smiled…here it is!!

This is a technique on deep breathing, in which Dr. Weil demonstrates:

The 4-7-8 (or Relaxing Breath) Exercise

The 4-7-8 breathing exercise is utterly simple, takes almost no time, requires no equipment and can be done anywhere. Although you can do the exercise in any position, sit with your back straight while learning the exercise. Place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your upper front teeth, and keep it there through the entire exercise. You will be exhaling through your mouth around your tongue; try pursing your lips slightly if this seems awkward.

  • Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound.
  • Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.
  • Hold your breath for a count of seven.
  • Exhale completely through your mouth, making a whoosh sound to a count of eight.
  • This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

Note that with this breathing technique, you always inhale quietly through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth. The tip of your tongue stays in position the whole time. Exhalation takes twice as long as inhalation. The absolute time you spend on each phase is not important; the ratio of 4:7:8 is important. If you have trouble holding your breath, speed the exercise up but keep to the ratio of 4:7:8 for the three phases. With practice you can slow it all down and get used to inhaling and exhaling more and more deeply.

This breathing exercise is a natural tranquilizer for the nervous system. Unlike tranquilizing drugs, which are often effective when you first take them but then lose their power over time, this exercise is subtle when you first try it, but gains in power with repetition and practice. Do it at least twice a day. You cannot do it too frequently. Do not do more than four breaths at one time for the first month of practice. Later, if you wish, you can extend it to eight breaths. If you feel a little lightheaded when you first breathe this way, do not be concerned; it will pass.

Once you develop this technique by practicing it every day, it will be a very useful tool that you will always have with you. Use it whenever anything upsetting happens – before you react. Use it whenever you are aware of internal tension or stress. Use it to help you fall asleep. This exercise cannot be recommended too highly. Everyone can benefit from it.

Watch a video of Dr. Weil demonstrating the 4-7-8 Breath.

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We cannot stop the winter or the summer from coming. We cannot stop the spring or the fall or make them other than they are. They are gifts from the universe that we cannot refuse. But we can choose what we will contribute to life when each arrives.

Gary Zukav

This quote by Gary Zukav gives me the inspiration to see beauty in every season, and put positive energy into the universe, yes even in winter…

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11 thoughts on “❄️Winter Blues Theraphy🦋

    1. I’m so happy that you think my words are wise and uplifting, Chrissy❤️ I do enjoy writing this blog, it’s turning out to be so rewarding, thank you for your kind comments!! Looking forward to planning our 50th reunion(YIKES!!), it’s coming soon!!!

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  1. Seeing your snow, I’m happy I live in the South! Don’t miss that or the cold! 😝

    I LOVE Yoga and find the breathing exercises rejuvenating!

    Hope Spring comes soon to New England! ⛄

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    1. You were so smart to move south, I enjoy seeing your warm weather posts on FB!!! I love yoga too, I got one of my very dear friends to sign-up to my class, it’s so good for us as we age and the clothes are really comfortable too🤣 Thank you for the hope of Spring, fingers crossed🤞

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  2. Oh Carol, I love your “Winter Blues Therapy” Blog. I Have been visiting my sister (she said to say hello to you and Victor) for the past six weeks and have missed the snow.
    I’m leaving for home on Wednesday, and I know there will be snow; but that’s ok.
    Seeing your pictures of the Cape brought back many memories. I miss the “little house” and the Cape so much. Didn’t really want to sell, but it wasn’t the same being there anymore.
    What makes it a little easier is that Patty and Don are there. I know how much Patty loves the Cape, Don and the girls too, and they will take care of the “little house,”
    which will always be in my heart. Sorry for rambling on.

    Like your new blog too. The beautiful tulips and your colorful outfits and jewelry
    are great and bring warm thoughts of spring. As always, your great quote sums
    it all up.

    Take good care just less than two months to go.

    Love,
    Lucille

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    1. No need to worry about rambling, that’s what I like to see on my blog…so ramble away and thank you!!💕 You might want to rethink about coming home, we’re supposed to get snow tonight and Sunday night, but you’ll miss that and maybe we won’t get anymore🤗 I know how much you are missing your “little house” but you won’t miss this, the town had another meeting about putting affordable housing across the street again!! Really, affordable housing on the beach??!!🙄 Also, I enjoyed putting together the tulip post, glad you liked it, thank you for checking into my blog and rambling, Lucille❤️

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  3. What an incredibly beautiful blog! This is the first entry of yours I clicked on, since I was having a bit of winter blues myself. I can’t wait to read everything!! I will have to go back and take it slower, but I just wanted to see what you were about. Having recently turned 60, it will be very comforting to visit and have a mini vacation instead of focusing on that number like I have been. BTW, YOUR choice of black in the background is perfect for highlighting your incredible pictures. Keep inspiring, and I’ll be back soon!!

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    1. Thank you so much for dropping by my blog, Penny❤️ I’m so happy you like it and you get my design with the black background, I think it makes photos pop!! The 60’s are wonderful, we’re young enough to feel good but old enough to be carefree 💃 Glad you’ve joined me for the ride, hope we can inspire each other🙏💞

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