Well, we have been so proud of our Canadian Winters, cold and snowy. However, it seems the winter is hiding from us, or perhaps hibernating. I’m starting to miss it. Is it because we subconsciously would like to ‘hibernate’ – slow down and cuddle up.
I do find myself wanting to sleep more, eat more and curl up by the fire, or just under the warm blankets. Do you?
We often behave as if seasonal changes are not relevant to our modern lifestyle. After all, in many ways, civilization is all about overcoming nature. But our bodies are evolutionarily old and remember how weather once dictated our behavior. In winter, we gathered around a fire, reading and telling stories. We packed our bodies close and slept long hours.
Now we act as if it’s always Summer, demanding consistently high productivity not only at work but at home as well. But our bodies require cycles of activity and rest. Daily and annually. When days are long, our metabolism and energy levels amp up. In winter, we produce hormones that make us sleepy, giving us time to restore body, mind and soul. We can’t force ourselves to operate at summer levels, as it is against our nature. So, Winter please come and let’s ‘hibernate’.