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MY FAVORITE WAYS TO THRIVE THROUGH THE WINTER MONTHS

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MY FAVORITE WAYS TO THRIVE THROUGH THE WINTER MONTHS

katie strakosch

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MY FAVORITE WAYS TO KICK THE WINTER BLUES


I am a self-declared sun babe. Even as a young girl, I remember bundling up to sit outside and soak up winter sun rays on my face. I thrive in warm, sunny climates for my physical and emotional bodies.

But, there is something deeply nourishing about sinking into the winter season. Although it can feel like a season of hibernation, there is so much potent energy brewing beneath the surface.

It is the season to plan your seeds of what you would like to call in on your journey throughout the year; as well as honor the ebbs and flows of energy.

I’m sharing some of my most favorite whole body lovin’ tools to flow through the winter with energy and vitality.

Cheers to embracing the seasons!




Create Your Bedroom Sanctuary

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Eliminate television and other electronics, including your phone. Keep an good ol’ fashioned battery operated alarm clock on your nightstand instead of a phone.

Our brains are operating in overdrive mode, and sleep time is a necessity for the brain and body to restore themselves. Giving them a break from blue light exposure and WiFi is a supportive whole body tool.

Set the mood to turn into relaxation mode… Have a diffuser running with essential oils that you love, decorate your space with your favorite colors, welcome a plant like a Peace Lily, Spider Plant or Bamboo Palm into your space to help purify the bedroom air.

Don't skimp on this essential beauty and life secret!
Emails, catching up on social media and all other computer tasks can wait until the morning. 
Give yourself permission to rest and restore for at least 7 hours in your sleep sanctuary!

How do you want to feel in your sanctuary? Create MORE of it!


Become Close Friends with your Orgasm!

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Self pleasure and partner play is a wonderful way to keep happy vibes alive AND boost your immune system! When you reach orgasm, your brain releases dopamine and oxytocin, which makes you feel happier, relaxes your body and mind and helps support your overall mood!


Move & Groove

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Exercise pumps up your endorphins, your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters.
Movement supports a sense of well-being, while flushing away any residue from the holidays and BOOSTS the immune system!
One of my most favorite and inexpensive ways to relieve stress, get my heart pumping and tone up is jumping on my rebounder.  You can find these on Amazon and in sporting good stores (and find options with stability bars).  I keep a rebounder in the office and enjoy jumping on it throughout the day! I find it helps get the juices flowing and recharges my energy, along with the great benefits of lymphatic drainage.
Click here to see how easy rebounding is!

Experiment with what type of exercise works for you and GET MOVING!


Drink Up!

….with mood and brain boosting herbs!

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Calendula is one of the best to beat the winter blues! She improves circulation, supports glowing skins, offers anti-inflammatory properties to the body and adds a pop of sunshine to your day!

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Rosemary supports boosting the immune system, helps to reduce oxidative stress and soothes the nervous system. The aromatic properties help improve mood and energy. Rosemary also improves bile flow and loves up the gallbladder (helpful after overindulgence through the holidays). It also supports circulation and contains carnosol and carnosic acids, which are two powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that have been linked to reducing inflammation of muscles, blood vessels, and joints.


Support your Vitamin D Levels

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Vitamin D plays major roles in:

  • Immune function

  • Heart health

  • Joint health

  • Manages blood pressure

  • Oral health

  • Mental health (as low levels are linked to depression and anxiety)

  • Supports weight management

Ways to increase your Vitamin D levels:


Light Therapy

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The light found in a far infrared sauna is far infrared light, a type of invisible light located below the optical color red in the electromagnetic spectrum.

Far infrared light is used to purify polluted air, keep newborn babies warm in hospitals, promote growth in plants and more.
Enter in the many benefits far infrared light offers in sauna sessions:

  • Increased blood circulation

  • Improved cardiovascular functioning

  • Strengthened immunity

  • Relief of headaches, muscle pain and joint stiffness

  • Deep cellular detoxification

  • Improved sleep quality

  • Decreased stress levels in the body


Learn more about the benefits of chromotherapy in a sauna session here:
http://www.sunshinekates.com/blog/chromotherapy-sauna-benefits-color-therapy-explained


Make Room for Play!

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Invite your inner child out to play! Play naturally boosts the immune system, burns calories, reduces your stress hormones (e.g cortisol and adrenaline), improves cardiac health, builds confidence and connection. It’s a form of mindful meditation, truly embracing the moment. Think about a time when you watch children play. They are immersed in the moment. “They live in the moment. There doesn’t have to be a final goal and they play for the sake of play. The truth is, play is being joyfully immersed in the moment, and as adults, we rarely do that.” -Catherine Tamis-LeMonda , Professor of Applied Psychology.


Nourishing Food

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I hear it over and over again around this time of year 'I'm on a detox cleanse'. 
Yes, it is a wonderful time to move away from the overindulgence of the holiday season. But please remember this beauty, DON'T STARVE YOURSELF!

During the winter, your body needs and craves heartier foods rich in high quality protein and essential fatty acids. You need food to maintain immune function, hormonal balance and energy. 
Take the time to nourish your body through warming soups and stews. Start your day with a boost of protein through eggs or a superfood smoothie. Challenge yourself and see how many colors you can incorporate through veggies and fruits through the day.
 Between you and me, no one wants to be around someone who is 'Hangry'.



What are your favorite ways to THRIVE during the winter months?!