It is FRREEEEZZZING, it is rainy or snowy, it gets dark so early, you have to scrape ice off your windows in the morning. I could go on and on. Winter can be hard. Winter can get a person feeling down. I have had years where winter is a depressing time for me. This year, I am trying hard to embrace the time of year and find simple ways to find joy in the season. Here are 10 tips that are helping me to finding joy during these Monday-est of months…
Get outside…On days when it is not frigid or raining, Brandon and I have been getting out and going for a long walk in the afternoons. In fact, we were able to get in two walks this weekend and it was actually sunny. It felt good to get outside.
Make some soup…What can lift spirits better than a bowl of hot soup and a grilled cheese sandwich? We love Taco Soup and Slow Cooker Loaded Baked Potato Soup, and Ham and Bean Soup. A hot bowl of soup on a snowy day puts smiles on all of our faces.
Clean out the clutter…This has been HUGE for us this year. We have went closet by closet and have started donating and throwing away so much stuff. The New Year is the perfect time to organize and get rid of things you no longer use. It has felt so good getting rid of stuff.
Say no…It seems like we are busy doing things from Halloween through the New Year. January is the first sigh of relief we have. It is ok to say no. It is ok to focus on your family, and it is ok to say no. It is hard, but it is ok.
Have a treat…Hot coco is our favorite treat this time of year and we indulge in a few cups.
Attitude of Gratitude…Each day in my planner I take time to write down three things I am thankful for. Sometimes I even write more than three. This helps keep my thoughts positive.
Open Your Curtains…Each morning I open my curtains to let the natural light come through. This always helps lift my spirits. At night, I like keeping the lights down low, lighting a candle, and being all cozied in.
Pamper…I love painting my nails, or trying new Epsom salts in the bath. My kids love trying new face masks, or using bath bombs. These little delights help boost your mood as well.
Curl up with a good book or a good show…I don’t know about you but in the spring and summer we are on the go and outside doing things all the time. Winter is the perfect time of year to cozy up and read or start a good TV series.
Games…We love playing games or working a puzzle this time of year. Like I mentioned earlier, spring and summer leave little time for this. This is quality time as a family.
How do you beat the winter blues? Thank you for reading today!