Tell Me Something Tuesday is hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings and discusses a wide range of topics from books to blogging.
QUESTION: How do you beat the winter blues?
Living in Ohio, winter can be a struggle. I only enjoy the snow around Christmas, and then I’m over it. There are some things I love about winter – cozy sweaters, leggings, scarves and boots, using our fireplace most evenings – but I could do without the freezing temps and shorter days. By February, I’m craving some serious sunshine. Our weather can be so bizarre – it was in the high 50’s yesterday – and today it’s dropping back down to the 30’s and supposed to snow.
I’m a big believer in self-care and think it’s especially important during the winter, when we find ourselves cooped up at home. For someone who would rather stay home than go out, I still find ways to beat the winter blues.
Running/Being Active – Probably the one thing I’d recommend the most is exercise. Even though it’s tougher to find the motivation during the winter, I am always glad I worked out when I’m done. My treadmill and I spend a lot of time together during these colder months.
Reading – Escaping into another world through books – my favorite pastime all year long. 🙂
Treat Yourself – Whether it’s a trip to the bookstore or library, meeting a friend for lunch, a treat from Starbucks or Dunkin, getting a manicure or pedicure – anything to improve your mood!
Get Out of the House – My husband and I have periodic date nights, we go out to dinner as a family, I take Sunnie to the movies – anything to get out of the house. Even quick trips to Target are helpful, although not so good for my bank account. 😀 This time of year dance competition practices start to increase, so Sunnie is very busy during the week/weekends – more than we are!
Healthy Eating – This is one I struggle with, especially around the holidays, but once the new year hits, I try really hard to focus on my eating habits. When I’m eating well, I feel so much better.
What do you do to beat the winter blues?