Hibernation 2018: Curate my reading

To Curate Something: (especially on the Internet) to collect, select and present information or items such as pictures, video, music, etc. for people to use or enjoy, using your professional or expert knowledge to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation, as music or website content: Isn’t curate a crazy word? With its roots in the Latin word for care, curating content has become … Continue reading Hibernation 2018: Curate my reading

Hibernation 2018: Company

The long winter evenings make an ideal backdrop to some of the best times in company. Gentle candlelight, warm firelight and that post-Christmas languor mean that very often a small gathering yields a greater reward for very little effort. Over the next few weeks of hibernation, I intend to have company over and to get out into company. In groups of 2, 3 or 4, … Continue reading Hibernation 2018: Company

Hibernation: What is it, and why am I doing it?

Hibernation¬†is a survival strategy designed to conserve energy when conditions are harsh. How Stuff Works* How are you after Christmas? Have you taken the decorations down yet? Have all the goodies that you bought for Christmas been eaten up yet? Are you back at work? (today, for me) or still off with children for whom the excitement of Christmas and the presents you bought them … Continue reading Hibernation: What is it, and why am I doing it?

A Self Care Christmas Day 24: Only Connect!

Well, tomorrow’s the Big Day: it’s finally here after all the shopping, decorating, cleaning, running about and visiting. Too late to do anything else now, the Event will happen whether I’m ready or not. And I think I am ready. I think I am going to celebrate Christmas this year in a quieter fashion than before, more aware of the space I need to be … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 24: Only Connect!

A Self Care Christmas Day 23: Give Yourself the Gift of Time

There are two days left until Christmas. If you’re anything like me, these two days pass in an overwhelming cloud of lists and lists of things to do, people to see, food to shop for, gifts to finish off… Just yesterday my Husband looked at me and said, “It’s only one day. Why do you drive yourself like this?” To be honest, I’ve cut back … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 23: Give Yourself the Gift of Time

A Self Care Christmas Day 18: Decorate Your House for Optimal Health

Healthy and Christmas treats don’t usually appear in the same sentence, do they? My self care Christmas today is to use your brain and think before you just buy and stick out the usual suspects. That box of Roses chocolates or Cadbury’s Heroes may look enticing, but really? Do you need to eat them all the way through December? Do you still want to be … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 18: Decorate Your House for Optimal Health

A Self Care Christmas Day 17: Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care.

I hope there are no superstitious actors amongst my readers… otherwise the title will need to be changed. I was reminded this last weekend of the power of a decent night’s sleep in keeping a person happy, well and fully functional. My two youngest children both developed a bad cold and cough while I was away in Durham, and the only advice I could give … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 17: Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care.