5 Important Reasons to Take a Hint from Winter and Chill Out!

Do you ever feel like life is too intense, fast-paced, or out-of-control? You have goals to reach, deadlines to meet, and appointments to keep. Rushing from activity to activity, sometimes you barely having time to think, eat, or sleep. From time to time you entertain the idea of slowing down a little, but then, you feel guilty. What a waste of time that would be! Think about how much productivity you might squeeze out of those precious seconds. We live in a culture that applauds achievement at any cost, and busyness is looked on as a virtue.

If this describes your life, then it’s time, along with the rest of us, to take a hint from winter. Looking out on a frozen, snow-covered landscape, it doesn’t look like much is going on. Trees are bare, the ground is hard, very little is green, and there aren’t many signs of animal life, either. In fact, it looks like almost everything is dead.

But it’s not.

Winter is a time of dormancy, of deep sleep and rest. And surprisingly, this time of slowing down can be looked at as a creative period. Some seeds need a period of chilling in order to sprout in the spring. The same is true for tulip, crocus, and daffodil bulbs, along with some tree leaf buds, too. Underground, things are not so static, either. Hibernating fox, bear and other animal mothers give birth to their young during the winter. During this time of rest, their babies feed and grow, and by the time winter thaws, they will be ready to follow their mothers out of their dens to take on the world.

Just as winter is part of the rhythm of seasons, rest needs to be part of the rhythm of our lives. There are real benefits when we do:

  1. For those of us who go, go, go, slowing down quiets us so that we can listen to our own hearts.
  2. It’s a creative space where we can reflect and give birth to new, out-of-the -box ideas.
  3. Stepping away from our busyness gives us a fresh perspective that ultimately increases our efficiency, because we’re usually more effective when we operate at more than one speed.
  4. As pointed out in The Compassionate Samurai, slowing down is a way to honor ourselves, and by doing so, we keep from burning out. What purpose does it serve for us to run ourselves ragged to the point that we are no longer effective?
  5. When we give ourselves time to slow down, we also improve our health. Nonstop rushing makes our bodies secrete nonstop stress hormones, putting our health at risk.

Take a hint from winter. Determine to give yourself permission to chill out today. You will be refreshed, more productive and more energetic when you do.

3 Responses to “5 Important Reasons to Take a Hint from Winter and Chill Out!”

  1. Kimberly says:

    Wow, ain’t this the truth! Unfortunately, I never took the time to listen to God and never slowed down. HE slowed me down, in a very difficult way. However HIS plan is awesome and HIS timing is perfect and I couldn’t be happy that I learned how important it was to just STOP and listen!!!!

  2. Taking time for ourselves is paramount to service. We so often think that by doing we are being of maximum service to others as well as our selves. The reality is we can best serve when we are at our best, that means giving to ourselves is one of the best way to give to others. As we are all one, when we take care of ourselves, we are caring for all.
    Peace & Blessings,
    Billy Mitchell

  3. Anonymous says:

    For me it’s all about the communication between Boy & Mind.., the Mind always want to Go Go Go never have time to stop or slower down and the body “must” do all the work … Mostly the Mind do not listen to the body.. and if this communication is out of balance , the body gives signals as getting sick, or stiffness in muscles/tendens, or headaches, or injuries, or cardio attack and so on, so the body slowes down it self, this is our body intellengence that want to survive. By this time the Mind get frustrated …!! So if we understand this principle, we now have choices.., do we act Pro-active or Re-active ! Our choices for this issue ( and not only for this issue ) in my opinion has all to do with Responsibilty & Integrity for ourselves ..
    have an Extreme, Extraordinairy and Joyful life,
    Dick den Boer

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