How To Hibernate In Winter

How To Hibernate In Winter

iet summer and spring mornings gives me such joy and energy. I eat well, rest well and go about my day with mindful clarity.

But, every year with the coming of winter, I notice a resistance that rises up against me. Instead, I feel uneasy, unmotivated and uninspired.

I find myself craving sleep; a deep slumber where I can rest my head and let time pass me by. And I also lust after food; rich and creamy indulgences that spur on afternoon naps. 

So in order for me to bring more energy and joy to my life during the colder months, I decided to take a new view on hibernating and over indulging in chocolate from a more mindful perspective. Here are some things that I have noticed so far.

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How To Wake Up Earlier

How To Wake Up Earlier

Nowadays, I am a morning person. I typically wake up refreshed, in a good mood and I don't crave caffeine in order for me to get from my bed to the door.

It hasn't always been like this. Although I was never someone who would sleep in until lunchtime if given the chance, my mornings would always be somewhat rushed. I found myself waking feeling tired, dreading the day and multitasking between breakfast and getting myself ready.

I knew I wanted a different  start to my day -  one that would bring me joy, energy and peace. And I knew that things would continue to stay the same unless I made the commitment to do something about it.

1 year later, rising early is now something that I welcome into my morning routine. It has been one of the best things I have done for myself as it has made a huge impact on all aspects of my life.

I find that when I get out of bed earlier, I have more time in the mornings to become aware of the stillness, appreciate the sunrise and do things slowly with intention. 

For my mornings, I use this time to really look after myself; whether it be catching up on reading, preparing a nourishing breakfast, doing yoga, or simply enjoying the quiet as the day begins. I use this time to do something that brings me joy. With this comes a sense of calm and flow that stays with me throughout the day; even during the most hectic and stressful moments. 

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