Much like a river, our life and the phase we are currently in ebbs and flows, sometimes we can find ourselves in highly productive, energetic phases in our lives where we get ever so much done, we're full of beans and the ideas just keep coming. The momentum pushes us forward and we can't seem to find the breaks - even if we could, I don't know if we'd step on them and stop that flow.
At other times we're in hibernation, our bodies and minds requiring rest and recuperation, building and storing energy for the next season to come. When we learn to go along with these seasons, instead of swimming up stream life becomes a lot easier. The seasons can even be broken down into certain areas of our lives, we may be having a really high vibe season when it comes to our social life but a hibernation period within our business.
Season, mood and productivity trackers seem to be all the rage at the moment, whilst there's no doubting that they are incredibly helpful for noticing patterns within our lives, I think we can often use them as a tool to try to control our life, something which just isn't possible. I'm not implying that trackers like this shouldn't be used, what I'm saying is to notice how you are feeling, if you know that during the third week of the month you're usually really productive but aren't this month, don't beat yourself up about it. Don't fight to find that productivity, go with the flow and accept that this month, that just isn't the case.
Circumstances out of our control effect personal phases in our lives in different ways - hormones, weather, relationships, work life, the news, food, exercise and how much we sleep all contributes to how we're feeling.
How does this tie in with food?
We can also experience seasons with the food we feel like eating. Full on phases of only wanting a few dishes or even just one dish in particular. We can also go through phases of wanting to cooking and prepare food in advance, finding joy in the making of something which nourishes us. There are times when there’s no time for food prep. There are times where we get expermiental or adventurous and try something new. None of these are good or bad, they just are.
We can take advantage of these seasons - when we’re feeling really productive and in a food prep phase, over-cook and freeze a few extra portions. This can be so helpful when you don’t have time to cook or when you just don’t feel like it. Notice when you’re craving bland, unexciting food, instead of berating yourself over it, realise that food like this is what makes other more flavoursome food exciting for you. We need the contrast. When we begin to notice these patt