You read that correctly…a Hibernation Practice may be just what you need to rest and recharge.
Many parents are thinking hibernation sounds really good right now as a way to escape and recharge. Animals that hibernate do so because they can’t eat enough to sustain their body temperature in the cold. Humans never evolved to hibernate because they had access to food, shelter, and fire to keep them warm. Many 2020 events have left us feeling “frozen” and in need of warmth, in terms of our attitudes, our exhaustion or our inability, lack of energy or motivation to move. The thought of curling up in a safe, warm place to escape the “cold” sounds like a nice alternative to reality.
I am physically, mentally and emotionally ready to enter a new phase in my life…. hibernation.
Create a Brave Space for Your Hibernation Practice
What is a Brave Space? At Connection Zoo®, we have an activity that encourages kids to create a Brave Space. You may have heard the term “safe space.” A Brave Space is different in a couple of ways:
- When we use the term “safe space” to label a particular area in a house, school, or care center, it can send the message to kids that other spaces in those environments are not safe.
- A Brave Space is about more than just feeling safe. It’s a space we can use for proactive, healthy mental, emotional, and physical wellbeing practices.
Brave Spaces aren’t just for kids; adults can benefit from them also!
Follow These Steps to Create Your Own Brave Space to Hibernate and Recharge
Think of your Brave Space as a place you can go to be alone to bravely experience and explore (with curiosity, not judgment) your feelings, and thoughts in a very authentic, real way. A place to reflect on what’s most important to you and to chant affirmations of how amazing you are. Of course, you can also use your brave space to escape for a nap, get creative, sing, dance, or relax with your favorite drink.
- Close your eyes and imagine your happy place. What do you see, hear, and feel? How would you describe your happy place with all your senses? Hold on to the feelings you associate with your happy place so you can use them to guide the creation of your Brave Space.
- Locate a place at home (inside or outside) you can designate as your special place (at least some of the time).
- Determine how you will create boundaries to mark your territory. What creative ways can you signal to others to stay out when you want to be alone. Use veggies to create a border? Play music that is unpleasant to other household members? Barriers like furniture, pillows, or blankets (think blanket fort)?
- Decorate your space. Go back to step 1 and think about the items that if present will help you feel like you’re in your happy place.
- Let your family know that you now have a special, alone, brave space. Make sure they understand the rules and how to handle crisis situations when they arise and you’re hibernating in your brave space.
Practice hibernation in your Brave Space often to model self-care for your kids.
Of course, do this responsibly as you still have parental and other responsibilities. 😊
In addition to your Brave Space hibernation practice being good for your well-being, you will model for your kids how important self-care is and how to do it. You may have seen in my last blog that “Children learn what they live and live what they learn.” Once you have modeled your hibernation techniques for your kids, you can also help them create their own Brave Space with the Brave Space Activity. Want to hear a hibernating bear snore? Check out this video. 😂 Not just bears: Your kids might also be interested to know about 11 other animals that hibernate.
Feel Well, Be Well, Do Well and Be Brave!