Have you ever heard that saying, “I love Jesus, but I cuss a little.”??
That is me in a nut shell. I try not to be mouthy…rude…sarcastic…vulgar… Because I know I should try and have a more peaceful and calm demeanor. But sometimes my downright ornery personality pops through. Lately I’ve been coming to the conclusion that who I am, is ok.
Should we go out of our way to use the F word as an adjective, adverb, verb, noun, etc…? no.
But I’m going to start giving myself a little more grace when it comes to my “flaws” because honestly, those are the characteristics that make me, well, me.
Winter has a tendency to literally suck the life out of my body.
I hate it.
Well let me rephrase that… I ADORE the holidays and am a freak about Christmas. (Even my bathroom soap dispenser gets changed out to a Christmas-themed one) But after New Years Eve, Winter can go ahead and move along for spring.
If we had more snow here in Central Illinois I would enjoy winter more. But usually the days are windy, cold, and gray gray gray.
So what does someone like me, who loves being outside, plants, and green things do in the winter… Well here is my list.
1) Get a Hobby
If you’re not crafty, that’s ok. But I would highly suggest learning how to make something. For me, I find joy and happiness in creating crochet items for not only myself but for others. If you’re selling what you’ve made it’s even better. This is a sure way to keep your mind busy and active and not dwelling on the fact that winter sucks and could go die a fiery death and you wouldn’t mind.
2) Learn Something New
This could go hand in hand with #1 if you wanted it to. I find learning something new a wonderful distraction. This winter I have learned to bake bread, tortillas, and a slew of other things. I had always wanted to learn to make bread (and tried a bunch of times, failing MISERABLY). This time though I worked and worked at it until I finally had a loaf of bread that was beautiful. Learning to bake is also really cheap. I think I spent maybe .50 on ingredients to bake 2 loaves.
3) Do Something You’ve Always Wanted to Do
Spring, Summer, and Fall always seem to be very busy times for people. Not just for gardeners either. The winter is a great time to check off that bucket list. If you can afford to travel, AWESOME, but I know my family is not in that season right now. I have other, more practical things that I have done this winter, that I have always wanted to do. Including: Start writing a book, completely re-organize our filing system, crocheted a beautiful mitten/scarf set out of a yarn I bought years ago.
I have a MASSIVE list of movies, books, magazines, articles, etc that I want to read. I honestly feel GUILTY about watching movies or TV shows when it’s nice out. I want to enjoy every second I can of the good weather. So I keep track of the things I want to watch and read and when winter comes I go at it!
Now, hear me out. I know what you’re probably thinking “EW. Hiking in the winter. It’s cold. It’s wet. It’s windy!”
But getting outside and in nature, even when you don’t feel like it really helps beat the winter blues for me. I wasn’t able to do much hiking this year because I have a (now) 6 month old. But on the days it gets to be 35-40 degrees and sunny, I d0 bundle her up and we go for walks. There is a beauty in winter that I (reluctantly) can’t deny. The stillness can be beautiful. If you think you don’t have anywhere to go hiking, do some research. I thought Illinois was just a flat prairie land with nothing to offer. But when you start to dig in and really research the terrain of your state, you’ll most likely find a bunch of hidden treasures.
6) Get Organized
For some, this isn’t fun. For me, it’s a MUST and I enjoy it. During the Spring, Summer, and Fall my life is VERY busy and I usually don’t have the time to sit down and organize all the bills, or clothes, or my kitchen. On most days I’m already a fairly organized person, but we all have that one drawer or basket that just piles up. So I take the winter to dig out closets, re-organize my kitchen, and do a general overhaul of my drawers and cabinets. It makes me feel accomplished and successful when I can finish re-organizing a room. This really helps boost my mood.
Another task that many don’t enjoy. But remember: a clean and tidy environment helps ease anxiety. In years past when I was single and living alone (or with roommates) I would get so depressed and anxious. I would have no desire to do dishes, vacuum, clean, or put things away. So my apartments would get messier and messier. It’s a never ending cycle. The mess makes you anxious and depressed, which makes it even MORE unlikely that you’ll pick up. Things get worse and worse. So now when I haven’t vacuumed in a week or cleaned my bathroom because I just don’t feel like it, or washed dishes in a couple of days…I MAKE myself get up and do it. Because I know it will make me feel better.
I have a massive cleaning list HERE that I have spent A LOT of time on.
8) Grow Something
Go to the grocery store and buy a plant. Any plant. I don’t care if you think you have a BLACK thumb instead of a green one, having a living plant to watch grow and take care of will boost your mood. If you would rather grow something edible (my preference) you can literally grow sprouts or greens anywhere and without a lot of sunlight.
9) Buy Some Flowers
I’m obsessed with flowers. So much so that I have a half sleeve tattoo of them. Regardless of my own obsession, flowers just bring a cheeriness to a house. You don’t have to go and get a $50 arrangement either. Go to Wally World, and buy a $5 bunch of carnations. Anything will work.
10) Treat Yo Self
Do your nails, soak in the tub, do a facial mask, shave your legs. I feel like we forget how good it feels to be pampered in the winter time. I get so crummy feeling and pasty looking that I have no desire to “beautify” my appearance. But it really does wonders to your self-esteem.
Have any ways you beat the winter blues?? Comment to let me know!!