Winter is the worst. That’s it. It’s just the worst. It’s cold, the days are short, the sun’s not out enough, and there is no color outside. Winter is a sad and depressing time for all and I am really feeling the winter doldrums hard this year. I feel like winter has been here for five months and it doesn’t look like it’s ever going to go away. So how to I overcome it and make it to the other side: beautiful glorious spring?
I’m not entirely sure of the answer, but I have some ideas that could help. For so long I’ve been avoiding winter at all costs. That’s one of the main reasons I went to college in the South. No joke. You might be asking, “Then Maggie, why on Earth did you move to Chicago? It’s a frozen tundra up there!” The simple answer? For my job. There’s a big theatre scene here, and as much as I love this city it will not be my forever home mostly because of the cold.
Now you’re asking, “Okay we get it, but how do you beat the winter blues?” Well I’ll tell you: I don’t know. I do have some ways that I do to cope with the weather and I am going to share them now. Here’s to an unseasonably long and warm spring, eh?
Prepare yourself for the cold. It can get COLD up here and throughout a lot of the country. Getting your cold weather essentials is a must, and if you need more guidance read my blog post on all your weather essentials here.
Stay inside. This is a no brainer, but it’s too cold to go outside and do anything. Rather than getting upset that you can’t go for a walk without your face freezing off, stay inside. I spend more time at home in the winter and it’s the perfect time for me to catch up on my reading and TV watching. Or if you need more social interaction invite people over! I do this for all the television events in winter, like the Oscars or Super Bowl. It makes winter more bearable when you have indoor parties where you and your friends eat pizza and watch TV. Then once the weather gets warm, you’ll want to spend all your time out and about.
Don’t over schedule yourself. Winter is hard because it wears your body out. It’s hard for your body to constantly fight off the cold and it makes you more tired than usual. I find that I am constantly exhausted and I need to take it easy. That may mean less socializing or taking on less projects. Just be mindful you don’t wear yourself out so you don’t exhaust yourself or get sick.
Take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, eat healthy, moisturize (no dry winter skin!), and take care of your body. During the winter it’s easy to get lazy and lay on the couch all winter. Don’t! Keeping healthy will make you feel better and even less tired and sluggish. But if your body is feeling tired by all means take a break. Listen to what your body is telling you and do it. Nothing is worse than getting the flu.
Anyone have any other good tips to beat the winter blues? I’d love to hear them!