I’m currently on a two week winter holiday from my day work in a grammar school. Seasonal festivities aside, my primary goal of this holiday is to sleep and convalesce. Since November, I have had four illnesses, pretty much back-to-back: bronchitis; strep throat; covid and norovirus. My immune system, and indeed my body generally, needs to recuperate.

Why are we expected, in modern society, to have the same output in winter as we do in summer? When flu season starts, surely it would make sense for us here in the Northern hemisphere, to hunker down and hibernate. Okay, so maybe not like how bears and wolves hibernate, but certainly winding down and working less while sleeping more. I could totally get behind that. According to science, I’m not alone – check out this article on the topic.

Speaking of productivity, in terms of my literary output, I am not getting as much done at the moment while focusing on my health and on spending time with my family. You know what? That’s okay. I’ve never been the type to set strict deadlines for myself, or beat myself up if I don’t manage a certain word count each day. Besides, 2022 has been a productive year for me, which I’ll summarise in my next end-of-year post.

For now, whether you celebrate anything at this time of year, or nothing, here’s hoping for good health and happiness for us all. There’s nothing more important than health. If you don’t have a healthy body and mind (big hugs to those struggling with SAD, I’m there with you) you can’t really do anything. This is the season for some self-care and tlc. Here’s to getting some ZZZs.

About Leilanie Stewart

Leilanie Stewart is an author and poet from Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has written four novels, including award-winning ghost horror, The Blue Man, as well as three poetry collections. Her writing confronts the nature of self; her novels feature main characters on a dark psychological journey who have a crisis of identity and create a new sense of being. She began writing for publication while working as an English teacher in Japan, a career pathway that has influenced themes in her writing. Her former career as an Archaeologist has also inspired her writing and she has incorporated elements of archaeology and mythology into both her fiction and poetry. In addition to promoting her own work, Leilanie runs Bindweed Magazine, a creative writing literary journal with her writer husband, Joseph Robert. Aside from publishing pursuits, Leilanie enjoys spending time with her husband and their lively literary lad, a voracious reader of sea monster books. CONNECT WITH ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA: https://mailchi.mp/75c5a1ad6956/leilanie-stewart-author-info

2 responses »

  1. Monch Weller says:

    Great decision for you to do so! You gotta prioritize yourself. I hope you get all the rest you need. 🙂

    I did exactly that for this year’s holidays. Told my superiors that I’ll definitely be taking the 12-day time off I have, since we seldom have long weekends due to my work following a US schedule.

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