In general I really love to regulate in winter. Regulate and pamper my nervous system in ways that set me up for the next 6 months of the year. This is a really lovely way to self care and reset as well and it is something that I have been mindfully practising in winter ever since Covid-19 hit. Lockdowns and illness are extremely depleting and I found five simple regulation methods that proved to be so affective and healing for me. Regulating yourself during the winter months is almost like performing a personal decluttering in a way, it sweeps out the cobwebs, allows space and time for calming and reflective practises and it helps you to re-align your spirit and energies.
There are five daily regulation practises that I employ during winter and using them has never done me any harm that's for sure. However, with all things that I write about on my blog, it's a thrash or trash scenario and you can choose your own adventure here. Try one to start with and move on from there, or go nuts with it and try all five at once like I do. However you go about this, I guarantee that you will definitely enjoy and benefit from any time that you spend regulating during winter.
The first regulation practise that I would recommend for you to add to your current regimen is to have some active time outdoors everyday. A short walk outside is pure medicine for the nervous system. Try to get out when the sun is high in the sky because sunshine is also pure medicine on it's own, but if you can be surrounded by nature at the same time for a little forest bathing as well, all the better! Aim to get at least 30 minutes a day - rain, hail or shine, outdoors doing something. It could be in the garden, walking, playing with your kids in the yard, riding a bike. Find something that you like to do outside and commit to doing it every day during winter.
The second regulation practise is to make your home as zen as possible. Declutter, put out calming stimuli and imagery, buy a couple of house plants, burn candles and oils that have winter based scents like clove and cinnamon and cosy up your couches and lounges with cuddly throws, blankets and pillows. Keep the lighting and the sound levels low and gentle and find some gentle and soothing music to play in the background when you are at home. Leave out books or magazines that you want to read on comfy seating to entice you to take a break and engage in something gentle. Leave out wool and knitting needles to remind you to knit, buy good quality tea to remind you to brew a mindful cup and put out jigsaw puzzles that you can leisurely do over time.
The third regulation practise is what I like to call treat yourself! Do something lovely, gentle and nurturing for yourself every single day. Have a bath, give yourself (or get) a manicure or pedicure, give yourself (or get) a facial, cook a delicious healthy meal, go and have a professional massage, go to the cinema, have coffee with a friend, make cocktails, take a nap, see a live show, eat out at a favourite restaurant, go to a museum, ride the roller coaster at Luna Park - just do something everyday that makes you feel good, alive, valuable and joyful and commit to doing it and making time for yourself.
My fourth daily regulation hack is simply contemplation. The very underrated but oh so important act of just doing nothing much but chilling out and just being you. It can be meditation, napping, listening to music with your eyes closed, watching a documentary, drawing, painting or journaling. Whatever it is, you should be sitting or lying to do it and it should be done quietly and gently. Aim for 15-30 minutes to begin with and then try to get an hour a day of this good stuff into your day. Trust me when I say that contemplation time is life changing and will bring about heightened awareness, general calmness and overall wellbeing if it is done ritually and specifically.
And my final daily regulation practise is to get back to basics. What are the basics? Eating well, sleeping well and feeling/ being well. This includes drinking more water, getting 7 hours of good quality sleep, taking multivitamins to stave off illness, going for a health check up at the doctors, getting your teeth cleaned at the dentist, doing cardio, walking 10,000 steps a day, cutting back on junk food and alcohol, stretching, shaking things off that no longer serve you and eating healthy fats. These things are the foundation, the absolute fundamentals of regulation and general wellbeing, and even though they all seem simple enough, they are often quite overlooked; are you sure that you are doing them all yourself?
So there you have it, five pretty simple ways to regulate your nervous system and reboot your system during the harsher, colder and darker months of winter. However, no matter what you do or don't do with your winter months, please remember always take care of yourself and try to keep warm and stay well.
Release Date: 2022
Rating: MA 15+
Running Time: 139 mins
Spanning multiverses and traversing multiple genres including black comedy, fantasy, martial arts, science fiction and even animation, Everything Everywhere All At Once is a hectic and action packed viewing experience that is pretty hard to define. Written and directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, (collectively known as the "Daniels") together they deliver a unique and at times insanely imaginative film that has to be seen to be truly understood.
Evelyn, a Chinese laundromat owner that is struggling to connect with her current relationships, discovers that she alone can save the world by jumping into other existing universes and exploring the different lives that she has lived.
This is easily the most creative and original exploration of complex and enduring relationships that I have ever experienced and for that reason, I really enjoyed it. However, it must be said that sometimes this film is overly convoluted and utterly ridiculous, but in general it just adds to the charm of the story, which is essentially all about compassion, loyalty and deeper understanding.
The cast is just terrific, especially Michelle Yeoh who masterfully demonstrates her abilities as both an excellent actress and a kick arse martial arts expert. Also, it was so enjoyable to see Ke Huy Quan on screen again, I don't think I've seen him since The Goonies and Indiana Jones days, and he is really likable as Evelyn's husband Waymond; and Jamie Lee Curtis and Stephanie Hsu also deserve a nod here for their fine efforts.
Overall, this is a completely wacky ride but if you go in with an open-mind, you'll have a good time.
FINAL SAY: I got bored one day and put everything on a bagel.
4 Chilli Peppers