"Often, I’ll cook without the kids just to get the meal on the table faster. But with an extra hour, you have the luxury of time to spend showing them how to roll out dough or chop vegetables. When you’re done, you can all mutually appreciate and enjoy the food you made as a family. As we like to say in our house, it tastes better because it’s 'made with love.'" - Susan Wenner Jackson,
Who else has been waiting for this day since we fell back last year? Our long-awaited friend returns. Here are 5 ways you can celebrate with me...
(1) A Pajama Countdown Party: make yourself a cup of tea right before 2am, or if others are there, make a pot of tea so everyone can have a cup. Right at 2, make a toast and take a sip before changing the clocks. Then, journal (or talk) about what you're going to do with the extra hour of sunlight and what you are going to do as that sunlight makes you feel better.
(2) A Dinner Party Outside: take dinner out to the balcony or porch during that new hour of sunlight. Or, eat dinner inside before that and take your sweet tea outdoors afterward. Maybe each person could bring a camera and there could be a "best picture" contest?
(3) Read a Book in the Sun: spend the afternoon outside reading and race to finish it just before the sun sets. This would be a great one for homeschooling moms or moms who want to read to their young children. You could set a goal for how many books you want to read by sunlight.
(4) Take a Sun Walk: after that dinner outside, take a walk before the sun sets and soak up even more sunlight while you're walking off the meal. If you have friends or family with you, have each person share a positive sun-soaked memory.
(5) Walking Meditation: many people who have winter blues begin to feel better after this time shift, but don't completely recover until summer. Take this moment to revel in the sunlight & begin to meditate on the change you know is coming.
What do you think? Which idea appeals to you most? Or you may have thought of another one - share it in the comment section.
And the quote at the beginning of this post suggests that you think of this hour of sunlight as an extra hour in your day. Though it doesn't add a 25th hour, it does add one more hour of light.
If you think of it as a gift you will be given each day, how might you like to spend it? Brainstorm idea - grab your journal & write down the first ten possibilities you think of, without judging them. Afterward, you can decide if any of them seem like ideas you'd like to try.
Have a wonderful day, tomorrow!
P.S. When my son and I discussed the "extra hour" idea, it led to a change in the way we schedule our homeschooling. It began with deciding that we want to have a 5-7pm time both for dinner and reading, combined, instead of doing the reading hour at another time. And once the idea of making changes was raised, they just kept on coming. I'm excited about them, to be honest. And it all began with wanting to take advantage of that extra hour of sunlight.
Sometimes, hygge self-care may seem to require more energy than you've got, especially if fatigue is one of your winter blues symptoms. But it's worth it. I spent a good part of the past month re-learning that the hard way, and this post shares the hygge self-care strategy that helped me survive the February blues.