We naturally tend to hibernate at this time of year. Post-festive season, many have over-spent, over-indulged and are so over it that nights in are a welcome addition to the diary. Even if a night out is on offer, despite the social secretary saying ‘yes’, the chief finance officer says ‘no’. So, we stay at home and amuse ourselves by perhaps bingeing on a box-set, doing those admin jobs we’ve been putting off, settling down to a good read or maybe going to bed for an early night.
This more minimalist approach to activities means we quite often go back to basics – there is less rushing around, more quietness and we have more time to consider what’s going on between our ears. I relish these winter months. It’s my head’s version of hygge – I hunker down and enjoy the cosiness and quiet, determined for it not to be interrupted with a multitude of pulls on my time. It’s the time of year for a check-up from the neck up – sorting priorities in a personal, professional and work sense and figuring out how they can be achieved. Without the busyness of weekend jaunts and visitors, there’s more time to focus solely on family and perhaps begin the New Year fitness schedule in earnest – therapeutic in itself as it’s a great medium for head space.
Recently I read about a woman who committed herself to a ‘Buy Nothing’ year. Outside of the essential household bills, she spent nothing for 12 months – a kind of financial detox as it were. After the initial novelty had subsided, she found it testing but realised she was trying to live her old life but without money – coming to the conclusion she needed to embrace a new way of life and so discovered the joys of visiting galleries and museums, walking and cycling as well as open air swimming for fitness and with boutique hotels a no-go, wild camping in forests and on beaches was the summer holiday with her husband – the best vacation she’d ever had she said. It certainly was food for thought.
You also hear about the 21-day ‘no complaining’ challenge people set themselves – three weeks with no moaning or whinging about anything in your life be it situations, things or people. No bleating or judgements about what others have, say or do nor wailing about the cold shower you had, the frustrating commute to work or the annoying mother-in-law. It’s all about instead focusing what would be negative energy into something far more constructive. Sounds liberating…
The dark winter months are a perfect time to commit to a check-up from the neck-up – to re-evaluate how you do things be it spending habits, the way you respond to situations and people you may find frustrating or annoying, or to think about the way you approach new challenges which will enrich your life leading to further fulfilment. It all goes on between your ears so only you can make it possible. Ensure this period of hibernation is put to good use, and reappear renewed and revitalised with vigour and vitality.
One year = 365 opportunities
By Kirsty Perrin
About the Author: Having been immersed in the Winning Edge principles from an early age, Kirsty’s philosophy is to be the best you can be and to enjoy what you do in life.
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