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February Self-Care: Taking Advantage of the Return of Daylight
This week marked a few annual milestones / holidays. The pagan celebration of Imbolc . The Catholic holiday of St. Brigid’s day or Candlemas . And the U.S. version of all of this as Groundhog Day . In the end, they are all about the returning of daylight and the promise of Spring.
February can be a trying month for those in the Northern U.S. February is traditionally the coldest month of the year and brings plenty of overcast days, making it hard to enjoy any extended exposure to sunlight. 80% of people have abandoned their New Year’s resolutions by the first week of February.
But February doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom. With a little creativity and determination, February can be an opportunity to start anew. I would argue that now is the time for those resolutions. Now is the time to plan the rest of year and your spring projects. We should all accept that January is bascially “hibernation” season. Once the “high” of the holidays and new years eve is over you are immersed in the shortest days of the year. How is that a good time to make big changes? February is a great time to focus on self-care and reflection, as the days become longer with returning daylight. We have gained nearly an hour of daylight since the Winter Solstice on December 21st and will gain two more by the Spring Equinox on 3/20.
So don’t let February get you down – make the most of it and enjoy the gradually increasing light and the promise of Spring!
Leave who you were. Love who your are. Look Forward to who you will become.
The past no longer exists. It is over. Enjoy the successes. Learn from the mistakes. Plan the next steps of your journey. Here is my Leave, Love, Look Forward for the week:
I am leaving the hibernation of January reinvigorated by the promise of spring and the increasing daylight.
I love the return to a normal routine and creating plans for my Spring Joys.
I look forward to the returning of the daylight and rebirth of Spring. Let’s Do This!