I am not sure if I have mentioned this or not but I HATE THE WINTER. I hate that it gets dark at 4 in the afternoon. I hate that it is cold outside. I hate that everything is brown and dead. So yeah, not really a fan of the season.
The biggest reason that I am not and have never been a fan of winter is the darkness. It is dark when I get up and it is dark before I even get dinner on the table. I have always been one of those people who likes to open the curtains and let all the natural light just stream in. I will strive to go as long as possible before I have to turn on the artificial light in the house. And even then, it just seems like it is just overall darker even during the middle of the day. And darkness is not my favorite by a long shot.
Over time I have done a few different things with the hopes of combating what I call “The Winter Blues”. Here they are:
New Comfy Warm PJ’s
I like to get myself some new PJ’s as soon as the cold weather starts to roll in. I am naturally cold all the time so this is the prime time to find those super soft fluffy pj pants and a warm over sized sweater. If I have the little bit of extra money I might even spring for a new blanket I can snuggle down under as well.
Begin a New Book or Series
When it is too cold to be outside or it’s too dark I find the winter is a great time to begin a new book. I am usually an avid reader but I tend to focus more on personal growth books. However, in the winter when I am in need of a pick-me-up I will use that time to dive into some fun fiction. A teacher I had in high-school called it her ‘brain candy’. Often I will gravitate toward mystery & detective books-you know the ones where the main character owns some kind of niche shop and is a pillar of the community who always seems to find themselves in the middle of a murder mystery. And it always seems to be up to them to solve it when the police can’t put the pieces together. I will snuggle down under the blankets in my new comfy pj’s and let the author take me to a warmer happier place.
Start a New Project
If you follow any of my social media accounts you know that I am into arts and crafts. Mostly I focus on bead work but I have been known to dabble in painting, cross stitch, or hand lettering. Being stuck inside is a great time to begin a new project. Pinterest is jam packed full of ideas and tutorials for all kinds of different projects and hobbies. Starting a new project (or 3 like in my case) helps to keep your mind occupied and forget that is is only 5:30 and the sun has gone down.
Drink Lots of Tea
It is no secret that I LOVE tea. While most people I know need their morning cup of coffee to get themselves moving each day, I must have my cup of steaming hot tea. The thing I love about it is that there are just SO. MANY. OPTIONS. And each new cup is like a hug for your insides. The winter is a great time to try out some of those types and flavors of tea you have been eyeing but just haven’t taken the leap on.
I know there are probably a lot of different ways that a person can beat the winter blues but these are a few of my favorites. I would love to hear what it is you do to in the winter to stay upbeat and bright and cheery when everything seems so dark. Let me know in the comments!
Thanks for joining me on this journey! See you all tomorrow!