How to Manage Winter Blues According to Ayurveda
Updated: Apr 2
AYURVEDA AND THE SPRING SEASON
As we come to the end of February, we are wrapping up our discussion of all things Ayurveda, but don't worry, we'll continue to touch on this holistic approach to healthy living often. Today we are going to cover a topic that often comes up with clients: Ayurveda in the springtime.
The transition from winter to spring brings allergies and a bit of depression for many people. You may have noticed you're prone to winter blues, but have you thought about how other seasons impact your mood? Spring is almost here, so now is a good time to prepare for what it will bring.
Your environment can influence your feelings. Yes, your boss who gives you a hard time may cause stress, but the climate and weather conditions can also impact you. It is quite common to experience allergy-like symptoms such as stuffiness, dry/watery eyes, sneezing, and sinus headaches in the springtime, but what we don't usually talk about is how our emotions change with the seasons. Winter SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) isn't the only example of this, either.
Let's learn more about how Ayurveda can help you maintain your emotional and physical health during this year's transition from winter to spring.
AYURVEDA TIPS FOR SPRING
According to the science of Ayurveda, opposites create balance. When both people in a couple are spontaneous, they'll have amazing visions but no grounding energy to make their mission a reality. The same goes for a pair of individuals who are both followers — they have no one to take the lead. You need opposing energy to create a healthy balance.
This concept also applies to thriving in any kind of weather. When it's cold outside, I don't go out in a bikini. I wear warm clothing, I create a balance. When the weather is cold, dull, gloomy, and heavy, you'll want to invite lightness and sharpness into your life to create balance. Here are some techniques that you can implement:
Dry Brushing – Use a brush made with bamboo bristles to increase your circulation (I did a whole post about the benefits of dry brushing here). It's said that dry brushing is equivalent to drinking a cup of coffee but without the caffeine crash.
Creative Exercise – Now is the time to break your routine and explore new and creative exercises. Get yourself excited to work out and feel great with something new.
Shift Your Diet – In the winter, we should be eating more healthy oils which can be heavy but, in the spring, you will want to shift to lighter and spicier foods.
Breathing – When gloomy weather leaves you feeling lazy, try the breathing technique that is said to have the same effect as a cup of coffee — the Kapalabhati, or The Skull Shining Breath. Here's what you need to know:
Should be done on an empty stomach
Sit in any meditative posture
Close your eyes and relax
Take a deep breath through your nostrils, expanding your chest
Exhale in short spurts through your nostrils (like a dog panting)
Spend Time with Loved Ones – Spending time with the people that you love the most brings joy into your life as nothing else can. Whether you're trying to combat winter SAD or spring lethargy, laughter and connection restore our vitality and bring us joy.
TAKE ACTION: AYURVEDA AND THE SPRING SEASON
Winter blues can persist as a lingering heaviness, even as we head into spring. These feelings are normal, but that doesn't mean there is nothing you can do about it. I invite you to try one of the techniques mentioned above that resonates with you the most.
When you're feeling as gloomy as the skies are gray, these techniques and tips are sure to give you the uplifting energy you need.
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