Winter has fully arrived. At this time of year, nature all around us slows down, and animals begin their hibernation period. In the past, people would sleep for longer periods of the day with their animals in an attempt to keep warm during the colder months. Scientifically, your muscles move slower in cooler temperatures (based on the principles of thermodynamics, which is the branch of physics dealing with how energy relates to heat, work and temperature) and, according to the Met Office, the end of ‘the growing season’ for lawns is marked by five consecutive days below 5oC. So slowing down, resting and sleeping more in cold temperatures is normal for humans, plants and animals. Yet, in today’s society, we hardly ever slow down at any time of the year and being busy seems to be the default response to “How are you?”
What are the benefits of slowing down, and how can we do it?