Have the winter blues got you down? Indeed we are only in mid-January with at least a couple more months of cold and snow left to come; how are we going to deal with these frigid temperatures and shortened days?
My usual behavior was to settle into the couch, snuggle up with a fleece throw and watch mindless tv. But as the new year rolled in and everyone started talking about resolutions, I started thinking about ways I could make the winter more enjoyable. I’ve decided to share a few tips I’ve read about, some I’ve tried and my mood and energy levels are staying high.
Tip 1. A couple evenings a week, I take advantage of being at home and have a live on-line chat with friends I care about and get to hardly see.
Tip 2. The cold has a way of working up our appetite for comfort foods. I got out my slow cooker and have been enjoying soups, stews and trying out new recipes I’ve saved from Pinterest.
Tip 3. I’ve treated myself to a new mug. It pleases me to look at my pretty ceramic piece as I fill it several times a day.
Tip 4. I read somewhere that I should do something special for myself (that sounded good); so I took a trip to the library and made a list of other options that I would like: a day at a spa, sleeping late, a movie date, maybe even an elaborate breakfast (a deviation from my morning shake).
Tip 5. I want to do this but I must confess, I haven’t. That is- to take a 10 minute walk around my complex, especially when the sun is out. I read that it’s important to get your daily dose of sunlight to keep your spirits up.
Tip 6. I gave myself permission to ‘slow down’. My tendency is to work fast- rush through things to get them done and off my list. The down-sides of this behavior are mistakes, stress and upset. I chose two words to guide me over the course of the year: Focus – slowing down helps me with this, and Delight– I can’t achieve delight if I’m careless.
Tip 7. Perhaps the most successful cure for my winter blues has been COLOR. Instead of doning my gray sweatshirt with my black pants, I am wearing all my colored tops; aqua, purple, salmon, blue, plum and I am sure to put on jewelry. Even if I don’t think I will see anyone, I choose a necklace to go with my outfit. It feels good to be dressed well …and when I catch a reflection of myself in a mirror, I am greeted with a smile from a woman ready to go somewhere.