Back at the start of June, I read the winter chapter of Sara Avant Stover’s book ‘The Way Of The Happy Woman’. In it, she talks about listening to our bodies and trusting what they need at this time of year. She describes us becoming more introverted and quiet and ‘lazy’. At the time, I couldn’t see the connection between her words of wisdom and my own life, but as winter has progressed, I’ve realised this pattern is definitely characteristic of me. Grey skies and cooler temperatures often leave me feeling uninspired and wanting to do little other than curl up by our heater with a book or my laptop.
Taking on board Sara's suggestion to use the winter season for deep rest and rejuvenation, I’ve decided to go with the flow at the moment…to expect less of myself and to use these months to slow down and engage in reflection.
Today was a beautiful winter's day. After a quick grocery shop and a few chores were completed, Sophie and I took Asha for a lovely midday walk to soak up the sunshine. My little one sat in the stroller enjoying a sandwich while I spent time really soaking in my surroundings, taking note of the beauty in things as simple as crimson tipped gum leaves by the side of the road and camellias growing in neighbour's gardens. The warmth of the sun on my back was gloriously comforting. On the return leg, we collected a bunch of Geraldton Wax and some Grevillea and once home, after popping Sophie down for a nap, I made myself a bowl of soup with my homemade chicken broth followed by a nice hot cup of tea. Simple winter pleasures that added such sprinkles of happiness to my day.
Do you find yourself slowing down in winter too? Do you embrace it or look for ways to boost your energy levels and productivity?