mahabis downtime // our guide to hibernating over the holidays

As tempting as it is to indulge and over excess in gifts, food, alcohol and socialising at this time of year, it can be more rewarding to retreat to the comfort of your own home and spend your time off work hibernating. If other animals can do it, why can't we? 

We’ve pulled a short guide that to help you hibernate and recuperate over the holidays.



Get cosy

Nest away for the winter. A good duvet, a good book, your mahabis, and a hot drink. Sorted. If you have a log fire, keep it burning and enjoy the warm house. If not, cosy up with a hot water bottle. Keep yourself surrounded by blankets, soft sheets and pillows. Our favourite is the bespoke bed linen from Evencki, hand-tailored from Egyptian cotton and available in simple neutrals. 


photo: evencki



Dedicate alone-time

The festive period is a very social time, and it’s easy to become burnt-out if you have been socialising non-stop. After spending hours upon end catching up with different branches of your family and rushing around in order to catch up with old friends, it’s time to spend a while in your own company.

Huddle up under a pile of blankets with a steaming cup of coffee, take the dog for a walk in the snow, run yourself a bath, or enjoy your favourite tracks.


photo: mathieu nicolet



Read a new book

It's fairly likely that someone will give you a book over this holiday period, or you'll have a stack that you haven't read from last year. Now is a great time to get stuck into an unread novel and enjoy some escapism from the hectic holiday period. 


photo: lou levitt



Listen to the best songs from the past year

So many of 2015’s best records were made for sound-tracking your downtime. Wistful and peaceful music is perfect for listening to whilst relaxing and unwinding. Listen to Julia Holter, Sufjan Stevens, Ben Howard, Father John Misty or Joanne Newsom’s latest releases during long winter nights to create the perfect ambience. If there are music taste conflicts in the household, then avoid the record player, and get out some headphones.

Tune in and switch off. Sit back with your feet up and your favourite playlist on repeat. Check out the naturally crafted wood earphones from Woodbuds, our favourites are the white and black versions, though they come in a range of colours. Super compact, stylish and minimal. They come in a small drawstring bag for keeping them untangled on-the-go.


photo: woodbuds // ben moore 



Write some letters

Don't be the person that sends the e-card. Hark back to the richer days of pen and paper, and write a bunch of hand-written thank you notes. An easy way to while away the hours. 


photo: negative space



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