The holidays are over. It’s cold. It’s grey. And it’s dark by 5pm. Welcome to winter.
I’m okay with the cold through the holidays. Makes it feel more like the holidays to me. But after New Years, I’m over it. Unless I pack it up and move somewhere that is warm year-round (why again don’t I do that?), here are some ways to help you survive until those spring days:
- Give yourself something to look forward to. The past few years, I’ve been fortunate enough to take a vacation during the winter months to somewhere warm. The excitement for those trips helps me get through the grey days. Even if you can’t go somewhere warm, plan something fun you can look forward to.
- Start a new project. The cold and snow isn’t always inviting, so while you’re bundled up inside, try being productive. That pile of photos? Organize them. Your overflowing closet? Dig through it. Old videos? Digitize them! (see how here!). Like writing? Start a blog! Not only will it give you something to do, but it will give you a sense of achievement.
- Netflix and chill it out. My current record is the full run of Friday Night Lights: all 76 episodes in 19 days. Find a series that interests you, grab a blanket and maybe someone to keep you company (for me, Hendrix) and have at it.
- Escape to any time and place you want. Pick up a book or download one to your Kindle. This is the perfect time of year to get lost in a good story.
- Work it out. That cliche saying is true, summer bodies are made in the winter. There are a million ways to get a sweat in. Watch work out videos on YouTube or Netflix, find a local gym or boutique studio or just do some crunches and squats while you Netflix. Need help getting started — here are some tips!
- Find your inner child. When the snow hits and it’s safe to go out, GO! Grab a sled or just your gloves. Go slide down some hills or build a snowman. Some of my favorite childhood memories are sledding on those snow covered days.
- Break out the games. This is the perfect time of year to dust off those old board games or shuffle up the cards. New interactive games like Jackbox were a big hit with my family over the holidays.
If all else fails, make a paper chain countdown and know .. spring is coming.