It started with taking down the Christmas decorations. I always miss the soft glow of the lights on the tree. So this year, when we took down the tree, we replaced the warm atmosphere created by the tree lights with beeswax candles. Not only do we enjoy their beautiful glow, the candles are eco-friendly and sustainable, giving off a lovely honey scent while they purify the air. The negative ions that are released when burning a beeswax candle reduce indoor pollutants such as dust, pollen and even mould! The more energy-efficient we make our homes, the more pollutants build up during the winter months when everything is shut up nice and tight. You may find that burning beeswax candles not only benefits your mental health, they might even reduce symptoms of allergies and asthma. Just be sure that you are using 100% beeswax candles with 100% cotton wicks. (Photo courtesy of Honey Candles. You can find their candles in our Knit Pickers’ studio.)
My solution? First of all, I’m getting rid of the idea of “work/life balance”. It’s all just life! I’m paying more attention to what my body is telling me. If I need a break from weaving or knitting, I can always enjoy some brisk fresh air, stepping outside to clear the snow off the deck and parking pad. Rather than looking at this as a dreaded winter task, it is what “recess” was when you were a kid – a chance for some physical exercise as well as a mental break! When winter evenings descend, it’s time for another change of pace. Time to put away the work projects, pick up my personal knitting and move into the living room. Feet up, cozy throw to keep me warm, fur baby (or babies) on my lap, candles glowing. It makes me pause and reflect that life really doesn’t get much better than this.