Hibernation Week 1: How’s Your Week Been?

It’s a funny thing, but I often remind myself that illness is my body’s way of making me slow down. And it often seems to me that, although our body keeps going through times of stress (both good and bad) at some point the elastic snaps, the body stops and we are forced either to push through the kind of illness where every step is … Continue reading Hibernation Week 1: How’s Your Week Been?

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