I admit that I often feel down in the winter; the gray, cold days do something to me. Maybe it’s because it’s dark when I leave for work, sometimes dark when I get home, it’s frigid, and our evenings are spent in front of the television. I honestly think part of it is the lull after the holidays- there’s so much joy and togetherness and celebration then it all stops.
Many states have it worse than Kentucky, but we’re stuck in cold weather from November to March. Here’s how I make it through the winter months without packing up our things and heading to Florida:
Get moving. Some work days drag and I feel fatigue settling in most afternoons. Instead of reaching for my fifth cup of coffee, I get up and move. We receive two 15-minute breaks during the day, and I like to utilize mine by taking a brisk walk around the building.
Go outside (if you can). A couple of weeks ago, temperatures were below zero for several days. It was difficult enough to walk from the car to the office. But this week, temperatures crept back up to the high 30s and low 40s. I had to get outside and get fresh air. Walking a couple of miles every night changed my outlook 100%. This weekend, highs reached the 50s- I scrubbed the house and had the windows open. A little fresh air and vitamin D never hurt anyone.
Refresh the house. Jason and I repainted right after the New Year. A fresh coat of paint did wonders for our living room. If you don’t have a lot of extra money: rearrange a room or do a deep clean. A new picture frame, pillow, or throw go a long way.
Wear bright colors. This may sound silly, but it helps me out of a funk. I wear a lot of black and gray this time of year, but it’s nice to wear an unexpected pop of color. I have a pink sweater I keep in heavy rotation when I’m feeling blue. Retailers are beginning to release their spring attire; pick up a fun cardigan or two!
Change up your makeup. No one said you had to leave spring colors for spring. Buy a hot pink nail polish, lipstick, or blush. Changing out my nail color always makes me feel like spring is on the horizon!
Add fresh flowers. Last week I picked up a bouquet of pink tulips and hydrangeas. They were instant mood-boosters!
Treat yo’self. This is relative, but do something YOU get excited about. Go to a movie, buy new workout gear or new shoes, plan a game night, pick up a book, plan a DIY project, or start a new series on Netflix.
A few favorite color ideas:
What pulls you out of a winter funk?
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