Tuesday, January 27, 2015

15 Ways to beat the winter blues



It's right around this time every year that I start to get really bummed out and miss the summer.  Christmas is over....New Year's is over.  There are no real holidays to celebrate for a while and the sun has been replaced by gray skies. So this year I made a list of a few things to help myself stay positive and happy, and I thought there may just be someone else out there like me that gets bummed out during cold weather, and this might help them too!

//  Go through all of your clothes.  Try them all on and throw out anything that doesn't make you feel amazing.  If you feel good in something, that is a confidence booster;  which leaves you feeling good about yourself.

//  Exercise!  Did you know that exercise helps pump oxygen into the brain, which releases endorphins and naturally gives you energy and boosts those "feel good" feelings?

//  Go snuggle up with an animal.  Nothing is quite as relaxing as snuggling up with your pet that adores you.

//  Listen to uplifting music.  Music REALLY effects your mood, so if you are listening to a bunch of break up/sad songs chances are you aren't going to be a happy camper.  Turn on Taylor Swift's "Shake it Off" and dance around like a crazy person if you have to.

//  REST!  Haven't you been complaining that you would just like to relax and have some "you" time??  I'm pretty sure we all feel that way sometimes!  Take advantage of the frigid temperatures and curl up in a blanket and sleep the day away if you want to!

//  Plan a girl's night out!  Sometimes you need some girl time, and anything beats staying home again, right?

//  Make a list of your goals/things you want.  Whether it just be a travel bucket list, organization plan, or even a shopping list, do it!  It will take your mind of off things.  I'm a big list person.

//  Read a book.  This is the perfect whether to rock sweats all day and curl up on the couch/bed and read that book you've heard so many great things about.  Do it!

//  "Window shop" online for cute winter fashion ideas.  Pinterest is my favorite place to find fashion ideas.  If you couldn't tell by my multiple Pinterest fashion boards... lol  I've got a serious problem!

//  Write a letter to a friend or relative that you haven't talked to in a while.  Or even if you have, send one anyway because who doesn't love to get a letter in the mail.  Snail mail is so underrated.

//  Start one of the things on your "home improvement checklist".  I'm pretty sure we've all got one.  I unfortunately have a list that never stops growing!  Even if it's just redecorating a room, go for it!  Maybe a fresh look is just what you need!

//  Make one of the many things that you've pinned on Pinterest.  I'm so guilty of this one.  I have seen so many things that I've never even tried to create.

//  Bundle up and head outside with your camera.  Even if you aren't the best photographer in the world, take some pictures of the beauty of Winter.  I'm a big sissy about the cold, but I still find myself taking in the beauty of the snow on tree branches, big snowflakes with pretty designs, and scary looking icicles.  Have fun with it!

//  Make some homemade chili or soup!  It's the perfect season for it!  When I'm chilled to the bone the best thing (other than a steaming hot shower) is a hot bowl of chili/soup.  And it's so much better when you make it at home.

//  And if you just can't take the cold anymore, go on a vacation somewhere warm!

What do you do to beat the Winter Blues??

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25 comments:

  1. Julie Tucker-WolekJanuary 27, 2015 at 4:11 AM

    And I want OUR winter to stay ... our summers are BRUTAL and I don't want it to come! LOL!!!

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  2. These are great ideas! I love curling up with a book under a blanket. I am also trying to keep up with my exercise routine.

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  3. Ah I am lucky it is summer here in Australia! Although I do like being able to cosy up inside in winter, always nice having a big lie-in and staying cosy and warm in bed, hehe!

    Away From The Blue

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  4. I desperately want a vacation!! Great list :) As soon as basketball season is over, I'm going to get to work on this little list ya got goin' on here!

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  5. Oh, me too!! I would love to just get away for a while and relax.

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  6. haha I will trade ya seasons! I would love to go to Australia one day. Every photo I've seen from there is so beautiful.

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  7. That is the best! Especially if you add a cup of tea or cocoa to the mix. haha! I have really been slacking with exercising

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  8. haha! I can only imagine. Maybe one day we will move somewhere warmer

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  9. Just looking at that cute picture brightens up my mood! My favorite on the list is snuggle up with an animal :) It really is the best! :)


    Shauna


    www.lipglossandlace.net

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  10. I just had a girl's night this weekend and it definitely helped with the winter blues! Great tips, doll!


    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com

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  11. haha I'm glad it brightened your day! Snuggling up with an animal is definitely my favorite too <3

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  12. Thanks so much! And yes, it always helps cheer me up when I get a night/day out with my girls.

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  13. I know what you mean by winter blues, I hate winter! By the time February rolls around I'm so done with winter. You have really great tips, I'm gonna have to enjoy the last little bit of cozying up with a book and a hot chocolate!

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  14. I feel so bad that so many states are dealing with freezing temps and snow and I'm over here enjoying the sunny skies... but I agree with you about music. music always help!! :)


    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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  15. Yes to all of this! I went through part of my closet just this morning and got rid of a bunch of stuff, and now I feel so much better! My other faves are exercising, listening to music, reading of course, and eating soup! Broccoli cheddar soup from Panera is a fave!
    ~Sara

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  16. I love this list! I don't really have any cold weather to complain about. It was nice getting a little taste of winter when I visited California for a few days.

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  17. I love this list!I I live in SF but watching the coverage on the storm in the Northeast assures me there are plenty of people in agreement with what you have said!

    Chelsea
    Ginger Side of Life

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  18. Thanks! The storm missed us in Pittsburgh but I have a friend in the Boston area that it crunched pretty good.

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  19. Thank you! I always talk about moving somewhere warmer but I think part of me would miss the changing of the season... maybe I could just fly back to visit family for Christmas just to get a little winter fix and then fly back to my palm trees. haha!

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  20. I always feel so much better after going through my closet. It sounds so silly but there's a lot of stuff in there that I forgot about, and who doesn't love to get rid of clutter?! Oh, the broccoli cheddar soup from Panera is THE BEST! lol

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  21. Music has always helped me to put me in a better mood. There are some songs that you just can't be in a bad mood when you hear

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  22. I am definitely not a fan of winter either. I think I'm done with Winter right after Christmas. It can be Spring right after that, haha!

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  23. Great tips Julie! The winter blues are the worst especially if it's frigid and you don't want to go outside anymore. I like buying flowers to cheer up the inside! It reminds me of spring and they just smell so darn pretty I forget about the blizzard outside (that luckily missed us for the most part)

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  24. I love that idea! Seeing bring beautiful flowers would definitely lift my spirits too! That's a good one!

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  25. I am definitely way lazier in the winter. I don't like being out in the cold so I stay in and lounge around. lol! I've been trying to do more reading this year

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