Epic Winter – How to Beat the Blues

I like winter.

No, not really.

I like skiing, I like snow, I like frozen waterfalls, I like Christmas and New Years, which always comes in winter, but let me just admit, I don’t really like winter itself. I don’t like being cold, I don’t like the rain and I don’t like how dark it is.DSC_4368 - Version 2 (1)

I think I need winter though. DSC_4661I need winter for what it does to me, and how it makes me reflect each year. I need the days that are sunny in the midst the dark. These are the days that bring me complete joy.  

DSC_4709And possibly I need the days that are rainy, cold and dark so that I can stay inside and…go crazy  contemplate.

Luckily, my work keeps me super busy this time of the year.

I do find myself getting  a little more anxious, sensitive, and tired during winter months, so being creative is important to me during this time of the year.  DSC_4697Finding the beautiful during winter is important too.DSC_4448I don’t want to be Debbie downer this time of year, because that is really not my nature. So… to combat the winter blues, here are some things I have learned through the years, and I believe Steve (the husband of 23.5 years) will vouch I am a much better person for adopting these things into my life.

  1. I need to regularly exercise.
  2. I need to eat healthy.
  3. I need flowers in my house.
  4. I need light and I need to get outside as much as possible.
  5. I need to keep busy.
  6. I like traveling this time of the year. It breaks the routine. It doesn’t even have to involve a foreign country. Sometimes its just to a nearby stream. DSC_4645
  7. I like redecorating this time of the year.
  8. I like putting things on the calendar that I can look forward to.
  9. I like planning fun things (bike rides, dates, dinners and girls night in).
  10. I love photography, so having a hobby makes my life more fun.DSC_4750

These are a few of my ideas. How do you feel about winter and what do you do when you have the winter blues?

One Comment on “Epic Winter – How to Beat the Blues

  1. I don’t love winter, but getting out and being active helps me embrace it and not just endure it. Of all the places I’ve live, OR has the mildest winters, but the gray gets to me some days.

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