A client asked me recently if I had gone into hibernation yet? They are well aware that I make the most of shorter days (& often miserable, grey, wet weather) by having pj or slobby days, when working from home & indulging in fairy lights & general cosiness. My reply was that my hibernation isn’t necessarily just in the dark months. I often ‘hibernate’ in the summer, in my garden, when it’s stonking sunshine & peaceful, in comparison with the hoards on the Cornish beaches. My hibernation is about restoration & rejuvenation, so I do it whenever I need to!
It can be helpful to reframe the dark months, by using all the elements we love about colder times. We won’t change the lack of light or the weather, so what could work is to grab the good bits before the gloom hits, & get them in place. It doesn’t matter if it’s pickling, jam making, hearty soups, fairy lights, box sets, woolly jumpers, fleece blankets, hot water bottles, classic movies, curling up with a good book, a roaring fire or crazy windswept walks… You make a list of the things that DO lift you at this time of year & put them in place, pronto! I find a list in a prominent place, to prompt you, if you are feeling a bit ‘blah’, works brilliantly. Try it!
It hadn’t occurred to me, until I was asked the question, that I do this hibernation malarkey all year round – grey days are perfect, & they come throughout the year!! But, I also give myself total permission to do this if I’m physically or emotionally drained, as I find the current trend of ‘pushing through’ is okay for a while, but VERY bad for long term health & wellbeing if we keep on doing it… (and btw if you have kids, they love it too!)