Daylight savings time ends this weekend and it begins a shift to the colder months of the year. As the seasons begin to change our routines begin to change. The days become shorter, you start to spend more time inside, and you might even notice your mood shifts.
As it gets colder outside, don’t forget to take some time to connect with nature. Get outside and walk barefoot in the grass, make sure you’re getting morning sunlight, and don’t be afraid of the cold! We evolved to be in nature and to experience the seasons. If you stay inside all fall and winter, you are only cutting yourself from your natural capacities. We are nature.
“You think you are thinking your thoughts, you are not; you are thinking the culture’s thoughts.” J Krishnamurti
Check-in with the stories you’re creating in your head. A lot of the stories we create in our minds such as the cold being bad are given to us as children by well-meaning adults. This comes to affect us into believing that our external environment controls how we feel. Not only the weather but also what people say to us. In reality, one of the few things we can control is our thoughts. No matter what happens to us during the day, our perception of the event is under our control. If we allow external factors to dictate our mood, it is much easier to get angry and upset. Where in your life are you just going along with what society tells you? Are you allowing external events to run your emotions? The choice is yours, explore your thoughts and make sure they are your own, not out-of-date software running your life.