Shorter days. Cold weather. Dreary, overcast skies. Achy joints and headaches. These can all add up to the winter blahs for a lot of people. But winter can be a great time for rest, reflection and restoration. Things seem to slow down for a few months in the winter, and it's a great time to make plans for the coming year and to take a much-needed rest from the spring and summer activities to come.
Here are a few tips for reversing the blahs and making winter a time of the year you can enjoy.
1. Get outside. Even though the weather is cold, a brisk walk outside can rejuvenate you. Fresh air and a little exercise sometimes are enough to brighten your mood. Look around at the winter foliage and try to see the beauty in the dried seed pods, bright red berries, and the wildlife that surrounds you. You might even spy some early daffodils trying to sprout up from the ground.
If you have any projects that need done outside, winter is a great time to complete them. And if you get lucky enough to have a sunny day, definitely get out and soak up some sun, even if it's cold. The sunshine helps us produce vitamin D, which our bodies need to stay healthy.
2. Plan your summer vacation. The anticipation of some fun time with those you love is a great way to boost your mood and having all the details in place early can ease some stress from your busy spring and summer.
3. Make a plan to tackle your health issues. If you want to start an exercise program, eat better or just get that achy back looked at, winter is a great time to concentrate on yourself for a change. Read some diet books, start your gym regimen, or make an appointment with your doctor and finally get yourself back to 100% performance!
4. Cozy up. Winter is a great time to sit by the fire, read good books, drink hot tea, and just enjoy your cozy home. Be grateful for all that you have, and that you have a warm place that protects you from the harsh cold outside.
5. Socialize. Winter can be a great time to catch up with friends. Spend the time you would usually spend on lawncare sharing a meal or having game night with a few fun friends. The laughter is sure to bring you out of your doldrums.
6. Do something nice for someone else. Do you have an elderly relative who would appreciate a ride to the store? Someone who just had a new baby and could use a home-cooked meal? Spending a little time doing for others not only blesses them, but it blesses you too.
7. Be a tourist in your own city. Take a thermos of hot cocoa to the Gathering Place and enjoy a date night sitting on the deck overlooking the water. Choose an ethnic cuisine and spend the winter visiting the restaurants in the area that serve that cuisine. Visit museums, parks, and historical sites. An added bonus is that they are usually less crowded this time of year.
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