1.16.2013

hibernation

Sometimes I wonder if I should have been a bear, allowed to hibernate for the winter. I really do love living in a place with four, distinct seasons. I love the snow. I even love the dry, cold air. It is beyond beautiful. But my goodness, I was just not designed for wintertime. I am cold all of the time. I wear coats indoors. I have the urge to eat and eat and eat--more than usual. And I mean EAT as in GORGE. I don't...because I know better. But the worst part is the fatigue. I believe it is the lack of light, but I fight the urge to lay down on the bare floor for a nap at all hours of the day. And sometimes I do. But it doesn't help. I'm sure I don't even have to explain this, but being tired all of the time affects so many aspects of life. Everything, really. Grrrr!!

I haven't really found anything that works to relieve the fatigue--other than warm sunshine. I mean, I exercise, eat well, get plenty of sleep, etc. One of these days I will stop fighting it and just except that hibernation is the best option. Problem is, I don't have the luxury of choosing hibernation yet--a few people depend on this mama bear. Until then, I have been trying a few things to brighten my home in these dark months. I try to have music playing constantly, light many candles, keep the blinds always open, etc. Lately I've been trying to keep fresh flowers in the house. It reminds me that this season won't last....that spring will come! Does anyone have any other ideas for me??! Please share!

5 comments:

Elise @A Path Made Straight said...

I so understand! You're already doing everything I do- I would only add that when you have a burst of energy (if at all!), use it wisely: make some freezer meals, plan a menu, stock the fridge and freezer. Then when those dark, sleepy days hit, you're ready with dinner.

Praying for you sister! Just enjoy it! <3

Kelsey said...

Yes, we Asbjornsen girls somehow lack the energy gene and got a double dose of fatigue instead. Can I confess that I first read this post in bed...in the middle of the day? :) In two weeks you'll be SD bound and hopefully that vitamin D exposure will be just the boost you need!

~Sue said...

The flowers are a happy sight. I must get some for "down here." They make a room into a home. I am sure that getting out of the flu/cold,strep stage will bring back some of your energy. And it appears you got some sun, fun and exercise out of your lovely day on the mountain! You can do it, Mamabear Amy!

Amy Hook said...

I love your mama bear analogy, complete with the grrr :). Ha! A little bit of hybernation won't hurt, especially when you think how much you pack into the spring-autumn months! And I can certainly relate. Music, candles and flowers are all great strategies. I've been trying to get out of the house after naps and before dinner, even though it's dark, and that helps too. The dark at 4:30pm has been the real killer for me, it seems because it feel like I should go to bed at 6. Sheesh.

P.S. Thank goodness for Trader Joes and their awesome and affordable flowers, right?!

Amy Hook said...

I love your mama bear analogy, complete with the grrr :). Ha! A little bit of hybernation won't hurt, especially when you think how much you pack into the spring-autumn months! And I can certainly relate. Music, candles and flowers are all great strategies. I've been trying to get out of the house after naps and before dinner, even though it's dark, and that helps too. The dark at 4:30pm has been the real killer for me, it seems because it feel like I should go to bed at 6. Sheesh.

P.S. Thank goodness for Trader Joes and their awesome and affordable flowers, right?!

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