Balance Bodywork Blog
An Antidote for the Winter Blues
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle, the other is as though everything is a miracle."
~ Albert Einstein
As we move into February, some people find themselves feeling melancholy. The "holiday hangover" may still be hanging on, Valentine's day is looming, and we're in the doldrums of winter.
One way to boost yourself out of a funk is to focus on others rather than yourself. When you're helping others, it can have the unexpected effect of lifting your own spirits as well.
look for small ways to make a difference
So look for small things, some little ways you can make a difference. It doesn't have to be grandiose - picking up a piece of trash on your way into work, buying a cup of coffee for a homeless person on a cold day, even just smiling at strangers you walk past can spread some love and compassion. Get creative; the more you focus outside of yourself, the easier it becomes, and the more opportunities you see.
Be a ripple of good in the sea of humanity. Try treating everything as if it's a miracle and see what happens.
About the author:
Shannon Allstott is originally from Portland, Oregon, and moved to Colorado in 1995. She now lives in Fort Collins with her husband, two children, and assorted pets. When she's not in the studio, she's often knitting, practicing yoga, running, or hiking around with her kids.
Shannon is a Licensed Massage Therapist in the State of Colorado. She's also a Certified Viniyoga Teacher, and has completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) course developed by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Shannon is currently studying Ayurveda with the American Institute of Vedic Studies. She specializes in Functional Bodywork, including Medical Massage for injury or surgery recovery, pain relief, mindfulness, and stress management.