This time of year, when the weather is still cold, and the days are dark, it's the perfect time to take time for yourself and practise Pratyahara.
Pratyahara can help you to create space between yourself and the world by turning inwards. Withdrawing from your thoughts can calm the monkey mind. When your mind is calm, it can bring you closer to your true nature. Being in touch with your inner self can help you to think with more clarity, and react to life in a way that you actually choose, rather than in the heat of the moment.
Going inwards can also help to improve your relationships.
If you are in conflict, either with another person or with yourself, rather than respond in a knee-jerk way, which can have negative repercussions later on down the line, you can practise Pratyahara - and take a step back - so you can come back with actions that you consciously, and compassionately, choose.
When you practise Pratyahara, you are aware of the stimulus but you don’t react to it. Rather you witness the day to day ups and downs, and in time, identify more with the witness and detach yourself from always identifying with your emotions. This can help to find your centre and restore balance.