A google search for Hibernate says that to hibernate means to ” (of a person) remain inactive or indoors for an extended period.”
When thinking about people who hibernate it brings to mind both positive and negative results.
2020 is a good example of hibernating as a result stemming from negative events. Since there were periods of lockdown some people found themselves hibernating or being inactive for extended periods of time.
Another example of the 2020 hibernation period is that while indoors individuals and families found themselves being active in new ways.
Positively while hibernate 2020 was happening some people found themselves engaging in some positive activities.
- Getting to stay home with your kids.
- Getting to be a stay at home mom, many for the first time
- Learning to cook
- concocting new recipe’s
- Home made bread, and some delightful sweets
- families brought together
- Playing board games
- Involving the kids with cooking and baking
- Creative ways to gather during the holidays
- Zoom video calls
- Learning to slow down
- Working from home
These are just some things that popped into my head while writing, there are so many other positive and creative things that were done during hibernate 2020.
*Positive hibernating can also allow us to rest, slow down, practice the pause, regroup, reset. We can stop, be still and breathe.
Example #2, Me. Well, I prefer to hibernate in my house anyway. Why? Clinical depression and severe anxiety. It is during those times that I isolate.
Sure I find things to busy myself with, you know putzing around the house, writing, reading, spending alot of time with God, which is a positive.
During times of negative hibernation I prefer to keep the blinds closed, utilize Wal-Mart pick up to get my groceries to avoid having panic attacks in stores. I don’t visit with friends often. I just want to stay in.
I really have a hard time with negative hibernating during the winter months. From time change to time change. That is when I’m prone to experience an increase in high anxiety and depression.
Through faith, trust, prayer and relying on god to get us through we can prevail and endure through anything that comes our way. Sometimes we need to stop, be quiet, and listen.
” The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
In times of hibernating what has God made known to you? How did you get through? Did you learn or do something new? If you ever hibernate how has it affected you either positively or negatively? I’d like to hear your thoughts.
This post is part of the #write28days challenge I am participating in this month February 2021.