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Are you a hibernator? Tuesday December 15, 2015

I'm one of the many who have never written for Moodscope, but use the service. I've been on for years and wanted to write something, so here I am!

The holidays can be a really tough time of year for people. For me, I love this time of year, as long as I pay attention and become slower - when people are pushing their buggy into the back of me at the till, I just let them go ahead, rather than get annoyed, it isn't worth it.

I've always seen this time of year as a chance to become more like a bear and hibernate, but I learnt something interesting about bears just recently. When they hibernate, they don't sleep the whole time; they get up, move around and do all sorts of things. Just like me, I may go into my cave, but I'm still active in it. I'm either planning things for when the weather gets better, sitting by my goLite which helps my sad disorder or just relaxing because that's what this time of year is for me. I'd rather go with the seasons and stay inside a bit more, knowing that when the days start to get longer and brighter, I'll be well rested and have come up with some great ideas to do new things or continue some old things with new ideas.

Dec 21st is the shortest day of the year for us in the Northern hemisphere, well, it's only a few weeks away, so after that, the days get longer. My days of hibernating are not long... so best make the most of them while I can.

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Oli Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 6:31am

I like this: The notion of slowing down and going with the seasons, not trying to fight against nature... just slowing down a bit.

the room above the garage Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 6:34am

Hello 2u2d, great blog! Yes, I'm definitely a hibernator and aching for it. Hopefully soon after the 25th I will be able to have some hibernation, I think it's a game changer for me. Interesting about bears...and interested to see if our Bear agrees! Thank you, loved it.

Norman Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 10:54am

RATG: she's Probably found a jar of hunny and gone somewhere quiet...

Bearofliddlebrain Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:02pm

Slurp, slurp....just finished the runny hunny and peeking out from behind the duvet, pillows, Chrimbly tree and mountains of stuff that I've been doing.....have been here every few days to peek in but such a darned busy Bear haven't always had the time or energy to respond! Love to all....a Worn out but not worn-down Bear x

LillyPet Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 7:50am

Morning 2u2d, so glad you've joined in! Welcome :)
I'm definitely a hibernator I'd love to hide from the world outside my door for a good 2 weeks! I managed a week last year, but that didnt go down well with the family who've been used to us all coming together. Rather than just hide this year I'm trying to plan a head a bit and fix a couple of dates, so I can enjoy a more guilt free hibernation!
I love the idea of it being a bit more active, pleasurable pottering! :)
Also like the idea of actually making the most of this season while it lasts.
Yesterday was the pits for me, infact the last two weeks haven't been great, still battling the pms and its repercussions.
Today feels better though, seeing my gp to get a top up of my med that Im comfortable with. Motivated to be on top of work and make my little nest nice for my hibernation Chrimbly Bear syle! ;)
Thanks for an uplifting blog 2u2d!
Love and twinkly lights to all! :) LPxxx

danielle Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:16am

LP hope you feel better soon and the meds do their job. I just treated myself to a christmas cup (£2 in sainsburys!!) so lets have a lovely christmas cuppa together, I will put the kettle on xxx

Bearofliddlebrain Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:45pm

Ching, Ching....I have my chrimbly cups out so will celebrate with you both! Bear hugs x

Bearofliddlebrain Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:47pm

....and Lillypet...I really hope you have a Chrimbly-Bear-style Christmas too!!! x x x

LillyPet Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 11:12pm

Hello lovely ladies! I will be down to sainsbury's tomorrow for one of their chrimbly mugs so I can join you for a cosy cuppa and bear huggins! Your lingo is contagious B! :)) xxx

danielle Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:19am

Hello 2u2d - what a lovely blog. I will take your words of advice, you are right we cannot fight the seasons! I ride my horse each evening after work so the daylight is so valuable to me. when we have none I use a head torch, which some nights isnt possible and some days its wet and rainy and cold and windy so I cannot ride. In october/november I was getting very anxious at not being able to ride or prepare for competitions because of the changes in weather and daylight, but it aint changing until its ready so I may aswell accept it! I am sure that my horse fleur doesnt mind a little break either. thank you - enjoy your hibernation and only 6 days until the days get longer hooray :)

Bearofliddlebrain Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:44pm

That's a lovely image I have of you with Fleur, Danielle....I often come across horse riders in all will think of you two getting ready for the day ahead when I am up and about with Doggit! xxx

Debs Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:46am

Thanks 2u2d - I needed a piece of good news this morning and your words to say its only six days until the shortest day have brought a small ray of hope. This has been the worst time I can remember for a long time - I am fighting hard to just keep getting through each day. Thank you for writing and sharing and being a voice of hope. Love to all and I hope I can be back contributing more soon xxxx

Sally Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 9:23am

So sorry to hear that, Debs. If there's anything we can do to help? Xx and keep going. Sally

Alice Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 9:28am

Keep fighting Debs. We need you!

Leah Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 9:55am

Deb, Keep writing, keep on keeping on, sending hugs from across the seas.

Mrs Jul A Non Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 11:55am

Yes Debs. I echo the comments above. It is a very difficult time of the year right now. Looked at objectively there is so much gloomy world news and predictions, dark weather for us in the UK, stress surrounding Christmas with all the unnatural socialising we are forced into doing. And then on top of all that (or underneath) there is us having to deal with our own issues. It's too much! But I know you will get there. I will too but I won't enjoy it. Julia x

Mary Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 1:31pm

Just keeping you company Debs, in your dark time. I'm lighting a candle and putting under a bowl of simmering water with some Geranium essential oil in (and also some cloves, cinnamon and frankincense) so you have something nice and uplifting to sniff at. We're with you. You can't see us, but we're with you.

Down the well Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 7:54pm

I hope the support of those here has buoyed you a little today Debs. I'm in a similar place to you so all I can say is be as kind to yourself as you possibly can be, take the love of those who love you to nurture you and keep fighting the good fight x

Bearofliddlebrain Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:41pm

just letting you know am thinking about you too, Debs....keep yourself wrapped up in this liddle Bear hug x

LillyPet Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 11:24pm

I'm in too Debs! So sorry it's been such a tough one. Take as long as you need and we'll see you through. If there are things that are hard that you can mention we may be able to help even if just by being here whlie you pour your heart out. Chances are someone else is going through similar. Anyway no pressure at all honey. We love you for who you are because that comes through from your words and that doesnt get forgotten. Youre lumbered with us lot for the duration mate! :) kisses and good wishes. LPxxx

The Gardener Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:57am

To 2u2d (crossword clue) - for many years we 'hibernated' in the tropics because a son was there. Now my husband's eyesight means we live in the half dark, I'm a troglodyte, and hate it. The shortest day is memorable - 2nd son born that day. At home. The first was born upstairs - Doctor said (with reason) no more, next time it's hospital. So we moved downstairs. 1st son midwives disappeared, said he would not be born for hours - he was not listening - my pa set off in a panic to hunt them - they arrived 'wait a minute, you can't have a baby till we've got our gloves on'. Next one, they just moved in. It was our sitting room - bed of pain, armchairs and log fire. The nurses and hubby whiled away the time reading and laughing at Punch magazines - occasionally aware of the odd screams from the corner they rushed at me with a syringe. Baby born, visitors arrived - one of our farm workers with a hammer peg toy and trumpet for No 1 (under 2). Result is that 2nd son has lived his life with lots of noise - mad on jazz. A handy Victorian coffee table meant I could make mince pies and do the PAYE from bed - so the house could run OK. No breathalyser, mid-wives came in on Christmas day, cursory glance to see Mum and baby still alive, had sherry and mince pies and moved on to their next patient. The thought of hibernating - oh! Comfortable cave, decent bed, nice and warm, pile of books, decent wine, and sleep!

Leah Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 9:52am

Gardener, I am replying to yesterday's comment. I do hope you get some sleep soon.Thinking of you and hope you get a soft cave with no bears growling nearby!

Mrs Jul A Non Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 9:15am

A helpful blog 2u2d. We are constantly being urged to walk briskly for an hour each day, not to sit down too long, to be much more active, for a longer dementia free life so it's great to read your blog today. I ride my bike most days but November and this month so far, the weather has stopped me getting on it every day. I feel guilty and annoyed! How ridiculous is that. It's raining now and was just too windy yesterday. As you say we should attune ourselves to the seasons. Now that would be a good article to read in the newspaper.

Norman Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 10:52am

MJAN: Ditto. I took up the bike again a few years ago when the knees refused to do any more 5-a-side football. (Non-impact exercise?) Every year at this time I add "winter cycling gear" to my shopping list and every spring cross it off again. This weather the bike just looks at me reproachfully...

Mrs Jul A Non Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 11:58am

Yes! I keep mine in the hall near the front door for ease of taking out. I COULD go out on it now as it's only drizzle. But very wet drizzle

Bearofliddlebrain Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:07pm

Darn that flipping wet drizzle...I have Doggit, so have no choice but to get out and about twice a a chuffed liddle Bear when I see my pedometer not only pushes over the 10k steps, but often reaching 15,000 steps - come on Jul and Norman, get on ya bikes!!!

Alice Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 9:26am

Morning 2u2d - love the moniker!!! I'm not a hibernator, rather I need to shake myself up when I feel a duvet day coming on and get out - ward off the depression. But each to their own and it's good to be reminded that we all respond differently. I have a very Christmassy image of you pottering around inside in the warm, avoiding the misery of winter. Good for you and thank you for your comforting blog xx

Jill Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 10:01am

Great blog 2u2d. Yes, I'm a hibernator, poddling around the house waiting for spring to arrive. And until now, feeling guilty about it. Thank you. I now feel okay about walking out in the sunshine only when I feel like it, following my body's seasonal needs rather than trying to impose a regimen of exercise and heartiness in the gloomy weather.

Leah Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 10:03am

I am looking forward to the longest day of the year next week so hibernation is along way off for me. Thanks for your blog hope to read more from you.

Norman Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 10:19am

A Russian once told me of the Russian way of dealing with winter: they pile snow on the roof (for insulation), fill the larder, throw another log on the fire, open the vodka and wait till spring...

Mrs Jul A Non Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 10:38am

Sounds very tempting. If only we weren't so hung up on living longer!

Mary Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 1:32pm

Love it Norman!

Down the well Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 7:56pm

Amen to that!

Bearofliddlebrain Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:34pm

Follow all the Russian steps, Norman, apart from the vodka!!

April Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 11:01am

Hi your blog really struck a chord with me today. I am a bit of a hibernater if that's a word all year round when I'm low to be honest. I am physically disabled too and we got a little dog just over a year ago which makes me take her out with my mobility scooter. However, on bad days we play in the garden chasing her frisbee because I just can't face having to see anyone. I am as you can probably tell on the verge of becoming agoraphobic. I try my best to challenge it which is harder on cold wet days. Thankfully I have a large garden and my dog is only little so she's quite happy to run around the garden some days. In fact she tries to hide when I get her lead ready so I think I've got an agoraphobic dog too! Thankyou for your blog today. Best wishes. April

LillyPet Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 11:36pm

I have a lovely image of you and yohr little dog playing in the garden and peeping out at the world April and what a lovely name. Well in the uk hibernation season lasts until about April, so we'll wait to follow your lead! LP :) xxx

Mary Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 1:34pm

Hello 2u2d - absolutely love your name. Thank you for this post. I'm definitely up for hibernation! - Except - having just come out of the depression that landed on 8th September, I'm that irritating elf of Christmas Cheer! I will try not to disturb your bearish slumber. And - BTW where is our bear today?

Down the well Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:00pm

Glad to hear you're feeling better Mary, you bask in those good feelings, you absolutely deserve to ???? x

Bearofliddlebrain Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:33pm

Here I be...waving a soggy, hunny-dripping paw at you and pleased you are twinkling and full of Christmas cheer! Bear x

Brum Mum Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 2:01pm

Thanks for your blog this morning. Hibernation is part of my daily routine as I have discovered in middle age that an afternoon nap does wonders for my mental health. Keep blogging-you have a lot to bring to Moodscopers and thank you!!

Down the well Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 7:59pm

I loved this blog, thank you 2u2d and welcome to the wonderful world of moodscope blogging, I look forward to hearing more from you. I'm also a natural hibernator when it comes to feeling bad but I'm always very hard on myself when I do it. Feeling I'm not entitled, should be out being busy etc etc. I liked your blog a lot, a gentle reminder that hibernation can be nourishing and productive. Thank you x

The Gardener Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:00pm

Sitting here listening to beautiful music and in utter misery. Mr G has been in non-stop self-pity mode since coming back from respite - people at hospital are getting seriously worried about my exhausted state - I think something will be done, I don't know what. But gleaning through today's postings there are two threads - there are obviously people with mobility problems, or worse. Lots coping with depression, more or less severe. And, above all, 'looms' Christmas, where we all have to make an 'effort'. Again, through Samaritans, and much publicized statistics, this season of 'good' cheer provokes depression. Some of us 'escape', on a cruise!! Enjoy yourself or you'll be keel-hauled. A retreat is the ultimate. I am bitter tonight, so tired, miserable evening, prospect of a sleepless night - yet Mr G and I are in good physical shape, warm, well-fed - a fantastic 'history' which is going past me on a big computer screen as I write. As a historian I think of past Christmases, the only day off in the year (at the beginning of the last century if you were servants in France you did not even get a day off to get married). You ate a chicken, pork if you were lucky enough to have room for a pig. Here, after Christmas, the lovely lights are taken away, shops and hotels shut, those who can go winter-sporting, the rest shut the shutters and settle in front of the fire and TV. Christmas can seem like the apocalypse instead of 'comfort and joy'. Going to write those words somewhere large. My shop IS becoming a fairy wonderland - all a bit crazy and cheap cheap, having written out my misery will plan a kids party with the neighbours.

Bearofliddlebrain Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:31pm hope the beautiful music is sustaining you. I do hope the 'powers that be' can offer some hope, help and respite for you and soon. Would Lurve to visit your wonderland of a shop. If you get to party with the neighbourhood let us know! We will be as jealous as jealous things on a jealous day thinking about you having such fun! Keep your chins up TG! Thinking of you, Bear x

Bearofliddlebrain Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:28pm

So! The big question is are you a detached 2up, 2down...or slightly detached from the norm??!!!
Tee hee...great name!

Being a Bear, I like to hibernate! When I really have to hibernate, I feel I can only do this when everyone has gone to work, when my own work in the home is done and I allow myself to rest. Feelings of guilt arrive otherwise!
I love this time of year but dislike the pressures that are put upon us to have the 'perfect' Christmas: the perfect suppers, dinners, gifts etc, etc. So I try not to let it all get to me anymore. Having Doggit helps me to get out - have no choice because he needs to pee and poop and loves the it keeps me going!
When I've tidied up, set a dinner to cook in the slow cooker, I can wrap myself up in blankies, have a hot choccit to drink and put the Christmas lights on in part hibernation and Hygga and maybe find a Christmassy film to watch! Indulgent hibernation!

Love the blog 2up2down...look forward to seeing you here lots more!
Bear hugs all round x x x x

The Gardener Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 8:44pm

Hey bear, not sure about the 'chins'. Only had one, last count - although the bones are not so sharp as they were. Wavering thoughts re chins - Soames Forsyte was described in the Forsyte Saga as having a chin you could hang a kettle on!

LillyPet Tue, Dec 15th 2015 @ 11:43pm

Night night TG, wishing you some rest. LP xx

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