Tomorrow at 8:30PM begins Earth Hour; an hour dedicated to turning off all the lights. A lot of cities, hotels, shops and homes are involved (a few local hotels are giving out glow sticks to guests!) and I’m also going to turn my lights off at 8:30 and then keep them off for the rest of the night.
Turning things off more often has been something I’ve been thinking a lot about. I’ve been reading Spent and a few other books that talk about the need for the body to be in rhythm with the day. My own doctor has told me this, that it’s crucial to adrenal support. Yet, as a constant night owl who is just creatively charged starting at 10PM each night, this is very, very hard to do.
I used to get away with being up all night, going to sleep at 7, waking up a couple of hours later. But that has caught up with me physically and mentally and now I’m trying to get into the rhythm of the day (it’s hard). So Earth Hour seems like a good way to ease into a less technological-active night while also being part of a big global movement.
And although I have a goal to one day be able to turn all things tech-related (computer, phones, lights) off by 11PM, I’ll start small with Earth Hour tomorrow. Candles, after all, are a very hygge thing.
- Play games like Scrabble, Cranium, Twister, cards.
- Gather friends for a potluck, have some great conversation and eat some great food.
- Do a puzzle.
- Go for a walk. Stargaze.
- Play hide and go seek – regardless of your age.
- Camp out (inside or out. Inside forts are sometimes the best).
- Have a campfire.
- Embroider (Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching has wonderful kits) or hand sew something.
- Try some of these 10 ideas, ideas or these
- If you have children (or even if you don’t), consider making your own candles in the morning so you can light them in the evening.