Along with snow and cold temperatures, winter brings with it lots of gray, overcast days. Is the dreary winter weather starting to give you the blues? If so, I'm glad you found my blog today! I have some suggestions for keeping the winter blues away while waiting for springtime to arrive.
- Learn a New Skill. With the help of the Internet, it's easier than ever to learn a new skill. There are many how-to videos on YouTube posted by professionals. Learn how to replace a bathroom faucet, change a watch battery, paint with watercolors, or just about anything else in between. You might surprise yourself with what you can learn over a period of a few months.
- Wear Brightly Colored Clothing. Do you find yourself wearing lots of blacks and grays this time of year? If so, mix some colorful clothing into the lineup. Yellows, oranges, reds, and other bright colors will lift your mood by reminding you of the flowers and sunlight of spring and summer.
- Get a Head Start on Your Spring Cleaning. If you lean toward the practical side, consider spending a few hours cleaning on those cold, dreary winter days. By the time spring arrives, your home will be clean and organized. Spring cleaning? Check!
- Absorb All the Sunlight You Can. The reduced amount of sunlight in winter can definitely affect your mood. When you have a sunny day, be sure to take a long walk outside and soak up as much sunlight as you can. Keep your drapes open to let as much light into your home as possible.
- Experiment With a New Soup Recipe. Spend a snowy day or two experimenting with soups. Take the opportunity to use some unfamiliar spices and ingredients and you might just come up with a new favorite recipe. If you're looking for some culinary inspiration, check out the soup recipes I posted on my blog the other week.
- Get Some Flowers. This is an easy, inexpensive way to give yourself a lift on a cold winter's day. Buy some cut flowers at the grocery store and display them throughout your home in beautiful vases. Just picture a lovely gathering of bright yellow Gerber daisies or yellow roses in a vase of blue- or green-tinted glass.
- Enjoy Daily Exercise. If you don't want to take a walk out in the crisp winter air, then borrow a workout video from the library, or invest in a used stationary bike and set it up in your living room so you can ride as you watch a movie or TV show. The rush of endorphins brought on by exercise helps lift your mood.
- Write Letters to Friends. Take some time to write note cards to a few friends each week. Let them know you're thinking about them. Your friends are sure to be thrilled to find a note card in their mailbox among the bills and ads!
- Plan Your Spring and Summer Vegetable Garden. Winter is a great time to sit down with your computer or a notepad to plan your veggie garden. Where will you put your lettuce, beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes? Also, take this time to inventory and clean the garden spades, rakes, and shovels out in your shed. In other words, get excited about the spring and summer gardening activities to come!
Try a few of these tips and let me know how they work for you. Thanks for reading. - Alan