It’s a shame we don’t pay more attention to animals and their behaviors. For example, on a bright sunny day, my cat, Hana, will bask in the sunniest spots in the house. She watches what’s going on from that vantage point and when I look at her, I swear she has a smile on her face!
Hibernation is another interesting animal behavior. What do you picture when you read the word hibernation? I bet it’s a bear hunkered down in their den for months. There are many species that hibernate. Some may be familiar to you, such as mice. Did you know there’s even a bird, the Common Poorwill that hibernates?
Humans don’t hibernate. Yet, right now, hibernation sounds pretty good! For me and many of my clients, there is a deep tiredness that is permeating almost everything. Many people are fighting it and forcing themselves to take steps forward. When this happens, it can feel challenging, depleting and not fun.
This is something that often happens as the holidays end and the winter starts to settle in. This year, as the pandemic heads into its second, this tired feeling is intensifying.
What can you do?
One thing I have been doing lately is creating my own sense of hibernation. Instead of pushing through when I’m feeling uninspired, I give myself permission to step away. I’ve
been reading fiction when this happens, which is something I love to do and often will put off until later. I’ve also been honoring that tired feeling and will take a nap. Reading and napping, help me to recharge. When I do come back to the task at hand, I’m present and am more productive.
Another thing I do, which may feel like the opposite of hibernation, is get outside for a walk. If it’s cold, I’ll get bundled up, so I am toasty warm and still go out. For me, getting out in nature inspires me and moving around helps me shake off my sluggishness. I often find when I return, I have come up with a few ideas and I’m ready to dig in again.
Hibernation can be especially helpful when you feel distracted or drained. When you feel this way, you’ll know it’s time to start a hibernation activity. Honoring this will make you more productive, more creative, as well as happier!
Why not start 2022 with confidence and brilliance by doing what’s best for you?