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Jan 24, 2013

5 Tips for Combatting the Winter Blues

It's about this time of year that I always start to think that I don't like winter anymore.  And we still have a good two months of it left.  It's been bitter cold in Pennsylvania this week.  Temperatures have been below 10 degrees almost every day, and the wind chill has made that already-freezing temp feel even colder.  Mostly all I want to do is stay curled up in my cozy bed with a good book (currently Tina Fey's Bossypants or Mark Batterson's The Circle Maker...yes, I know...very different), a cup of warm tea, and maybe an episode or two of Millionaire Matchmaker (what? guilty pleasure. don't judge.)

But since that's just not a reality (you know, I'm becoming an elementary teacher and stuff...and that requires me to go to school every day...), I've come up with 5 tips for kicking the winter blues to the curb.  

1.  Exercise.
I know, it's hard to do it in the summer when being active practically comes right along with the sunshine and warm weather.  But get those endorphins going!  You'll be more productive, feel better about yourself, and hey...you'll sweat, which means you'll be warm...at least for a little while.

2.  Read.
I'm a teacher, this is an obvious one.  I always find myself watching more TV in the winter.  And the more time I spend zoning out in front of the screen, the more I feel like my brain cells are dying one by one.  If you're stuck inside, grab a book!  I just finished Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling...hilarious.  I highly recommend it.

3.  Pick up a new craft!
Hello...that's what Pinterest is for.  Make something out of that old t-shirt you keep meaning to put in your "donate" pile.  Use up those scraps of yarn or even those cans of left-over wall paint or that frame you don't have a picture for.  

4.  Rearrange.
You all know I'm redecorating my room (I can almost feel you asking "how many times is she going to mention this??  Sorry.).  But rearranging furniture or even accent pieces on shelves or tables can just breathe fresh life into a space and keep everything feeling new.

5.  Try out a new recipe.  
Winter is one of those times of year that I think it's really easy to cook more.  You're home, it's too cold to go out, so why not cook?  Or bake.  Baking is good too.  
(Oh yeah....and that's what Pinterest is for.)

So those are my 5 top tips for fighting off those winter blues.  How do you keep things fun in the winter?  Are you feeling the winter blues lately?


  1. I completely agree with reading! I find that I read the most books in summer and in winter - the two times of the year when its too cold to go out and too hot to go out. It's a much better solution than watching TV!

  2. Great ideas....as much as I can relax in front of the TV I feel like I wasted time if I'm not doing something while watching a movie.

    Movie-date-night tonight though....we are planning on watching 3 movies and dinner is a nachos supreme! :D


  3. I need to get my exercise on in the worst way. I'm going to be mad at myself when summer rolls around and I'm still the chunky monkey I promised myself I wouldn't be.

  4. I love these tips! It's so easy to get stuck in a winter rut!

  5. Exercise was the number one sunshine for battling my first winter in China. I almost didn't join the gym because it was so cold going outside but I am so glad I signed up for Crossfit.

  6. Don't be so hard on yourself about this! I always tell people...how will you feel at the end of your life if you NEVER once rested in your figure and accepted your body as it is? God made you beautiful.


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