Today, I was thinking back on some of my recent posts, and I noticed a trend starting in November. As soon as the weather began getting colder, many of my posts turned into one big mope fest: I'm sick, so screw the planet...my city's public transportation totally sucks...I just want to have a freakin' vacation...and I'm tired of having to try so hard.
I'm not usually so mopey - it's winter, and I suffer bad from the winter blahs. In fact, on days when the sky is grey, I have trouble getting myself out of bed at all. A few winters ago, I joked to my husband that I needed to get involved in a winter sport, reasoning that if I had a reason to enjoy winter, I wouldn't suffer through it so much. I still haven't taken up ice skating, but I have found a few other ways to beat the winter blahs:
- Focus on indoor hobbies. I will probably never take up a winter sport, because I hate the cold. (It's 68 degrees in my house right now, and I'm wearing long johns and contemplating putting on mittens.) But winter is a great time to try out some new indoor hobbies such as knitting and sewing. The Simple, Green, Frugal Co-Op caught my attention with a tutorial for making soap in a crockpot, and I'm thinking of switching from my usual bread recipe to the no-knead method using this sandwich loaf hack from The Kitchn.
- Take care of yourself. One Green Generation lists ten tips for fighting off seasonal affective disorder, including taking Vitamin D supplements, getting enough rest, and exercising.
- Change your diet. Heather at The Greenest Dollar suggests adding more cayenne powder and ginger to your diet in the winter to help you stay warm.
- Get Outdoors. The hardest part about winter for me is the cabin fever...and the crazy kids with cabin fever. I have to keep reminding myself that just because it's cold doesn't mean we can't play outside. That's what hats and mittens are for. Check out the Active Kids Club for ideas on things to do with your kids outdoors in the winter.
How are you beating the winter blahs?