Leaves are turning color, the weather has gotten colder, and winter is just around the corner. If you get the blues every winter, you consider changing some of your habits and patterns to avoid feeling down this winter. Here are a few steps to consider:

COLORS: The sun hides in winter, making us feel less energetic. To increase your energy level, surround yourself with the colors of the sun (red, yellow, and orange). Also add in grass green, water blue, and sky blue. Avoid deep colors like black, brown, and dark blue.

SUN CANDLE: Create your own energy source by burning sun candles as often as you can. Carve a sun face into a candle and burn it, or just buy a bright sun yellow candle. You can even “program” the sun candle to nourish your spirit. To find out how, send a blank email to suncandle@shamanschool.com.

REST: Winter is the traditional time of hibernation, rest, and recuperation. Teacher Abraham-Hicks tells us that we are spiritually “reborn” every time we sleep because we release the tedious daily concerns of life. Since you won’t be as tempted to spend all your time outdoors, take the time to really rest yourself, body, mind, and spirit.

ACT WITH INTENTION: During the slow, low energy months of winter, you may need to plan and act with greater intention. Plan your days with vigorous intention and then follow through. This will bring more fire energy into your life when you need it most!

AROMATHERAPY: Use some invigorating scents such as lemon, grapefruit, and juniper berry to stimulate your senses on all levels. Try the New Self Touch On Essential Oil, which contains all of these. Apply to wrists, temples or chakras any time you feel tired or sluggish. Order online.