If you ask people what they’re doing to get ready for spring, the answers are all pretty much along these lines: working out to get back in shape after the holidays, eating healthier (which to most people means salads), and of course, adding in good habit after good habit so that this year is the year they finally achieve those longstanding goals.

Just one problem: this is going to get you the opposite of what you want.

You see, there are times of year when it’s beneficial to go all out, and times when it’s not. Spring and summer are fantastic for those high-energy endeavors. Winter and fall? Not so much. And while it might seem counterintuitive, the best way to move forwards into that great energy of spring is to go backwards right now.

The seasons have their own natural energy levels. Fight them at your own risk.

If you want to have an energetic, healthy, productive year, you’ve got to work with the energy of the seasons, instead of against it. And right now, that means slowing down. Winter is the most yin time of year, which means that energetically, it’s time to slow down, rest, and restore.

Think of it like a wave: it has to pull back before it goes forwards. Your body is the same way. The more you pull back and rest now, the more you’ll be able to spring forward and really enjoy all the energy and excitement of spring and summer.

What happens if you ignore the seasons?

Well, for starters, you’re going to find it that much harder to do whatever it is you’re trying to do. It’s kind of like trying to make a plant blossom in the dead of winter. You can do it, with a lot of specialized equipment and some pretty extensive support, but it’s going to be way harder than if you just planted the thing when it was supposed to be planted and let it blossom naturally. The same goes for you — while you can certainly force yourself to be extra-active now, it’s going to take way more energy and you probably won’t get the results you want.

Plus, if you go too far, you can actually put yourself in a state of imbalance. Double down on the work and out-of-season food, and fail to give your body the time it needs to rest and restore this winter, and you’re going to find it that much harder to spring forward when the time comes. If you take things to an extreme, you might even find yourself kind of dragging for the rest of the year, because you didn’t take the time to build up your energetic reserves when you were supposed to.

Not sure how to get started? Want to know more about how to live in sync with the seasons? I can help! Find out how I can support you here.