Remembering Hibernation

Today I remembered my wise friend’s advice to “take our cues from nature” about our behavior during certain seasons. So many of us punish ourselves and wonder what’s wrong when we feel fatigued, when we feel like rolling ourselves into warm blankets, when we feel like lounging about and eating warm foods as the December temperatures drop. We worry over our productivity levels. We wonder if we’ve earned the right to watch movies, eat Christmas cookies, and sit there watching the snow fall. Shouldn’t we finish more, exercise more, and produce more?

Remember the hibernating animals in winter. We might take our cues from them. Hibernation makes us consider minimal activity. It’s about slowing down, resting, and conserving energy and resources for the next season.

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