“The way the modern world has developed has resulted in so many of us becoming disconnected from the subtle shifts in rhythm that the seasons bring, disconnecting ourselves little by little from the heartbeat of the planet and thus the flow of Life...”
- Rebecca Campbell, Rise Sister Rise
It’s winter outside and I’m tempted to become like a Bear. All I need is a dry cave, a full belly and a warm fur to keep me comfortable until spring blooms once again. Instead, I’ll settle for a heater, uggs, warm tea and some good books to read when I’m not watching Netflix…
There is a reason many of us feel this way in winter. When we existed without electricity and lived in connection with nature, winter was the season for more sleep – we would go to bed early when the sun went down and wake up later when the sun rose. It was a time for conserving our energy to stay warm, and reflecting on where we were heading next. It was a time for rest rather than action.
With this in mind, here are some suggestions to help you hibernate this season:
#1 Uggboots – the popularity of uggboots has exploded in our lifetime, no longer a daggy relic of our past but a practical and socially acceptable winter footwear choice. My favourite winter outfit is to wear yoga pants, a warm cardi, thick bed socks and my uggs – comfort factor 1 million.
#2 Box Sets – it’s almost worth saving up your favourite series to be enjoyed over long winter nights in front of the heater. I give the same advice to my pregnant friends – box sets are your best friend at 2am when the baby will only sleep in your arms on the lounge. Relaxation is important!
#3 Tea – it’s common knowledge that I love my tea, and winter is the perfect time to brew a pot or two to share over a chat. My favourite tea is chai, and I use coconut milk heated on the stove with boiling water to brew my pot. My hubby can’t get enough of it.
#4 Bushwalks – I class bushwalking as a winter hibernation activity as it connects us back to nature, and the elements. We can rug up against the cold and warm up as we walk. The National Park is gorgeous at this time of year.
#5 Connections – I view winter as a time for deep connections, with ourselves and also with those closest to us. It is a season to move past the surface and deal with the real thoughts, attitudes and emotions underneath. Winter is a time to go within and discover the little ideas that are starting to grow, and nurture those parts of us that need rest.
#6 Reading – don’t you just love reading an engrossing book on a comfy chair with a glass of red wine in front of the fire? I can only really do this on holidays (we don’t have a fire...) but finding a snuggly spot at home to read is so nourishing to the body and soul.
#7 Sleep – winter is made for sleeping, and there is no better time to make sure we have developed a sound sleeping routine. Ditch the mobile at least one hour before sleep, make herbal tea, do some bedtime yoga or stretches and find some minutes to meditate before bed. You may also want to write down what you were grateful for during the day, and put down any thoughts buzzing around your head so you can pick them up again in the morning. Sweet dreams.
If you have any other favourite winter practices I’d love to hear about them!
Amanda is a (reformed) lawyer turned holistic life coach, self-care advocate, workshop facilitator, writer, speaker, avid reader, nature lover, chai tea drinker and mother to a curious, active toddler. A spirit seeker who loves connecting with others on journeys of self-discovery, Amanda believes we can all find our own version of success and live an empowered life.