With the first blanket of snow that many of us experienced last weekend, I wonder how it made you feel?
I have to admit to being more of a fan of the summer, as I love sunshine and warmth. However, it certainly seemed to bring a much-needed smile to people’s faces as I crunched out with an excited labrador for a walk in the park and I too, was transfixed by just how beautiful everything looked.
Although it’s cold and wet and slippery, snow does have the ability to transform our feelings. It links us to childhood memories of perhaps happier, more carefree times, sledging, snowball fights, and building snowmen! Psychologist Sandi Mann writes “Snow brings change, newness and a fresh take on the world.” So waking up to a white blanket of snow outside and the knowledge that I didn’t have to drive anywhere, was an opportunity to spend some time in the present moment and notice just how beautiful and mesmerising falling snow is…hypnotic in fact!
The first footprints on newly fallen snow connects us with our surroundings and everything seems new and fresh around us. I think it is particularly relevant at the moment when we are in the midst of a pandemic, that we can feel cleansed in our thoughts by the weather. Being outside is so good for our mental well-being and when everything is covered in icy dusting, it is even more uplifting than usual.
A snowfall certainly can bring people together in a socially distanced way! I noticed lots of laughter and a much-needed boost in spirits on my walk.
The nature of snow in the UK is that its time is limited…it’s fleeting and, within a few days, that blanket of white will begin to thaw…so why not wrap up and enjoy the boosting benefits of a mindful walk and the positive effects it will bring.
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