Hibernation and Hygge

Winter is a SLOW season. 

  • It’s important to flow with the season you’re in because your physical environment effects you. So when it’s cold, nature is in a state of rest and hibernation. If we resist nature, we do not get to function optimally. We don’t get to thrive.

  • Like the trees, we want to focus on using our energy in a way that most benefits us. We need to shed leaves that take away from our core life in the winter. Use the opportunity to shed what isn’t currently serving you. 

  • How can YOU function optimally this winter?

  • Move inward. Not only physically, but emotionally and mentally as well. 

  • Looking for activities to do with littles? Check out the Little Oak learning Curriculum for the winter. 

  • “Hibernation: A state of inactivity” -Wikipedia

  • Why do you resist what the winter is calling you to do? Why do you resist what you’re body is communicating to you?

  • Create rhythms and routines that allow you to move through this winter without rushing. 

  • Benefits of rest: boosts your immune system, helps your memory, restores and energizes, stimulate creativity, good for mental health, improves concentration, improves productivity (Michael Hyatt talks about the benefits of napping), can boost happiness.

  • Ideas for resting indoors: long showers, reading, yoga and meditation, using essential oils, doing art projects, watching a favorite movie, lighting candles or using an essential oil diffuser. 

  • What is hygge? It’s a danish guide to happy living. It’s creating an experience of coziness,  intimacy, pleasure, and togetherness. 

  • We spend so much time indoors in the winter it’s important to create a space you love to be in. 

  • Choose to enjoy where you are. 

  • If you use lot’s of candles open your windows regularly to air out the smoke. 

  • DoTerra diffuser is a lovely alternative to candles. 

  • Invite people into your home regularly to make those important social connections. Keep it manageable my friend. There is no pressure to have parties. Just connect. 

  • Drink warm beverages for comfort. Surround yourself with comforting things benefit you. 

  • Book: The Magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo

  • Surround yourself with things that spark joy. And it doesn’t have to be a lot of stuff. 

  • Book: Little book of Hygge by Meik Wiking