Last year, I was intentional about surviving winter. I planned things and did things that helped winter go by faster for me. It helped. I am not a winter person. I like sunshine, warmth, and open windows. I can appreciate snow and warm fires, but after awhile, I need to go outside without putting on layers and layers. Winter is just too long for me here in the Northeast.
So, herewith a list of things that I hope will help me endure winter.
1. Not being a hermit. My first instinct is to stay inside and not go anywhere during the winter. I hate bundling up, hate bundling up my kids, and I hate the bitter cold. So I stay indoors and don't go anywhere. But I get so lonely doing this. I need interaction and socialization with people, especially during the winter months. I have decided to plan something fun to do every week with friends until it gets warmer. This gives me something to look forward to, and more importantly, gets me out of the house. Last year I did it and it was so helpful to have something to look forward to every week. Not to mention I am nurturing relationships and connecting with someone in person. Always good.
2. Warm clothes. This seems like a no-brainer, but I grew up in the South. We never had a winter coat. If it snowed, we wore ziplock bags over our shoes. It has taken me a long time to figure out how to dress warm in cold weather. This year I bought myself a long down coat. I am determined to stay warm. I get so grumpy when I am outside and freezing. I also finally bought myself some winter boots. Yes, I have lived in the cold Northeast for 11 years and have never had a decent pair of winter boots. I'm armed!!!
3. This body oil. Yes I paid $20 for body oil. And it is fabulous!! My skin gets so dry and itchy during the winter and it makes me sooo grumpy. I have been using this on my skin after the shower every morning and it smells so good and makes my skin stay hydrated all day! I honestly look forward to using it every day!
4. Referring to this article. Winter changes my mood. I definitely get depressed in the winter. Call it SAD, call it whatever, I just know my mood is lower in the winter.
5. Being thankful and practicing gratitude. I am so looking forward to receivingAnn's book soon. It is perfect timing for me. I think that having a spirit of gratitude during this challenging time of winter will help me survive it.
Do you have things that help you survive winter? Are you a winter-hater like me? ;) Please share your ideas!
*Edited to add:20 ways to stay healthy and happy this winter
Homemade body spray recipes
Candlelight (from the archives)
Thriving in winter