The holiday season is finished, you can finally write the current date without having to scratch out 2014, and you are so over the whole snow-bit. That can mean only one thing…the dreaded winter blues are coming. Every year we prance right along through the holidays, singing songs begging for snow, getting fleeced into buying all the new designer winter lines (I mean, how can you not buy it at 40% off) and then WHAM! It’s 12 degrees with a chance of “oh hell no.”
You are either born a winter person or you’re not. If you were not, here are some tips to help you through these last dreaded weeks of winter:
Plan: It is human nature to be happier if we have something to look forward to. Use the winter months to plan as many fun things as possible. And I don’t just mean luxury vacations–have a dinner party, go bowling, try that new bar. If you’re constantly on the move, you won’t even notice it’s cold out.
Get Up Earlier: Yes, I want you to get out of that warm and cozy bed even earlier. If your job allows you to have any flexibility in your schedule, move your hours up. That way, the sun is still up when you finish work, and you don’t have to drive home in the dark. You’ll be surprised at how much a little extra sunshine boosts your mood, and how much energy you’ll have when you get home!
Create an Alliance: Winter. Cold. Turn up the heat. If you happen to live with one of those people that just “likes the cold,” you need to make sure to create an alliance. Or, even better, alliances. I have two roommates and one likes the cold, while one doesn’t. So, my sane roommate (aka: the one that actually wants to use the heat in the winter) and I create an alliance to try to overrule the insanity. Sometimes, we compromise, but every degree counts! If you need more support, invite your friends over and make sure they comment on the cold. Eventually the crazy will crack.
Do It Yourself: Spring and summer barbecues are around the corner–the time where we all, admit it, like to show off. This year, when you host your annual summer event how about showing off all the cool new decorations you made, that new accent wall you painted, or the wine rack you built.
Body Heat: *Wink*
Try Something New: Winter is a time for comfort and warmth. Find new ways to get cozy with a different hot chocolate recipe, a new kind of soup, or a brand new comforter. All will make you feel warm and accomplished.
Embrace It: Winter has some pretty cool things that you just can’t do other times of the year. Go skiing! Have a date night with some totally cliché, but still totally cute outdoor ice-skating. Try going curling (trust me, those Olympians do not do a good job of showing you how difficult it is). Snow tubing is incredibly fun, only slightly painful, and great for all ages. Take advantage now, these activities won’t be there in the summer when it’s 90 degrees!
Movie Night: But not the one where you watch Netflix by yourself. I’m talking a slumber party, three-movie marathon with popcorn, chocolate milk, and of course, furniture forts. No, you’re not too old. Plus, you completely avoid having to change out of sweats and go outside: which we all know is the number one reason for canceling plans in winter.
If All Else Fails: Remember the words of Ben Franklin: “wine [or your cocktail of choice] is proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” Try a hot toddy or sip a Bahama Mama and visualize the beach on a warm summer day. Chances are you’ll feel the warm fuzzies.
Try these if winter’s got you down, and don’t forget to check out our favorite winter accessories for some extra help!