It’s a known fact that sunlight lifts our mood for a number of reasons, including boosting our production of serotonin – the “feel-good” hormone.
There is also a sense in the Summer that the longer days and lighter evenings give us more space, more time to get things done, and therefore more free time to ourselves. We tend to spend more time outside in Nature during the Summer as a result. This in turn has significant health benefits.
So as the weather turns colder and damper, and the nights draw in, as the memory of light, warm and fragrant Summer nights can seem far away, it can be easy to feel depressed or low in mood. Having less available sunlight in Autumn and Winter can sometimes lead us to feeling less energetic or positive than we do in warmer weather.
However, there is a lot to be gained from the dark, cold and damp evenings of Autumn and Winter. This is part of the earth’s natural cycle. All of the seasons are equally important, and one cannot exist without the other.
Just as Summer encouraged you to be more open, adventurous, creative, and abundant, Winter can encourage you to be more reflective, turning inward and nesting down with your partner, experiencing the coziness and security of the home you have together. This can be the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your partner and spend more intimate time together.
This can be an opportunity to turn inward and think about what works well in your relationship, and which areas need more attention.
So go out on a crisp autumnal walk, enjoy the smell of the damp and sit in front of the fire drinking a warming whisky or hot chocolate with your partner, and express gratitude for this time together.
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