Once upon a time there was a little girl named Laura. She lived in a log house in the Big Woods. In the summer they played outside. In the fall they made lots of food and got ready for the cold ahead. In the winter they stayed inside all of the time and rarely left their little log house.
In other words…they Hibernated.
January can be a pretty slow month (unless you live where there’s lots of snow and you’re involved with all kinds of winter sports).
You may be feeling a lull.
I’m here to tell you…feel the lull. Let it happen.
It’s okay to do nothing.
For some reason in our fast paced world slowing down to a snail paced life of hibernating is rarely done. In many ways we expect that we will never slow down. We don’t plan to slow down. We all say we can’t wait to slow down but then we fill our schedules with more and more.
January is our chance to stay home more, cozy up to a fire, watch movies, and hibernate.
After a summer full of vacations, travel, school getting back in session, and holidays to keep us running until our juices run out…let January be your re-cooperating month. Tell yourself it’s okay not to be busy.
Take full advantage of your downtime instead of feeling compelled to fill it with something. Our bodies need winter just as much as nature needs winter. Farmers’ fields can’t handle growing all year long and neither can you.
Enjoy dinner time more. Sit around the table, chat, laugh, hear the stories from the day.
Retreat to the couch and read stories or watch movies together.
The kids got all of those awesome toys during the holidays. Let them play together or get on the floor and play with them.
Read the novel you started last year.
Take a nap.
Plan your year.
Luxuriate in a bath.
Let everything be slower.
It’s winter. Hibernate.
What are your favorite ways to enjoy a slow and hibernating January? I’d love to hear in the comments!
Davina Fear is a Familyness Adventurer. She enjoys Friday Night Dates with her Hot Guy, occasionally forgets to eat lunch, and loves her baking class with Emma.