The other day I was browsing Facebook per usual and I saw what seemed to be a hilarious video where people were going to “therapy”. No, they weren’t lying in a therapist’s office, instead, they were lying in beach chairs complete with a towel, sand, a breeze, and heat lamps. Watching this video seemed so silly to me at the time, but from sometimes I also feel cooped up in the house with not much to do. Even though I am enjoying this winter more so than I have in the past, it is hard to do much when it is so cold outside!
Here are some of my favorite ways to beat the winter blues and my thoughts on why it works so well!
- One of my New Year’s Resolutions (that is still going strong, I might add) was to unplug more often. I truly think that this has helped my usual case of the winter blues as I’ve been spending more time with the people I love and enjoying their presence. I’ve also been less stressed overall, which is tough for me as I work full time, go to grad school, and write this blog. I think that unplugging has been one of the best things for me this winter!
- I don’t know about you, but I love spring and summer. This is partly why I feel bored with winter, but since I love those seasons so much, I try and bring those into my house more. Fresh flowers and a crisp, floral scented candle (my favorite one can be found here) can make my home feel more like spring and less like winter. It helps to brighten my mood almost instantly!
- Another reason why I love spring and summer is the outdoor aspect. I spend so much time outside in those months and in the winter I feel as if I rarely leave the house. Even though it is cold out, I try and go for a walk outside at least once a week. I understand that if you live in a cooler climate than I do, this may not be possible, but there is at least one day a week that the weather cooperates (and is at least 30 degrees) and I try and take advantage of it!
- I need to take this piece of advice more often, but I love reading books. I gravitate towards fictional books, but anything that can take me away, even if it is just for an hour, makes me feel better. I have two books that are on my current reading list (you can find them here and here), but I am always looking for suggestions! Let me know if you have any favorites that I should put on my list!
- Brightening up my wardrobe helps to almost trick myself into thinking it is warmer out when it really isn’t. I think that some pops of color help rather than wearing my usual darker tones in the winter. I’ve been obsessed with this Lilly Pulitzer scarf that my mom bought me for Christmas. I like that it can be worn now or in the spring!
What are your favorite ways to beat the winter blues? I’d love to know!