Is it just me or did January feel like it lasted for three months?
The calendar tells me that it’s over as of today (although I’m still skeptical), but that doesn’t mean we’re done with winter. The days are getting longer, the air is getting warmer, but we’re not QUITE feeling the hug of spring.
If you’re struggling with the ongoing season of cold, here are a few ways to make the upcoming weeks a little easier.
Find something to look forward to
Besides wearing shorts and sandals again, of course. Plan an activity that you can do while it’s still winter that gets you excited when you think about it. You can make the next month a little brighter if you add in as much fun as possible.
Listen to your body. If it’s telling you that all it wants is to curl up in a blanket with a good book because you are OVER your big winter coat, then do that. Say no the things you’re sick of doing – at least until you can shed some layers.
Spend time outside – when it’s bright out
It’s definitely hard if you’re going to work when it’s dark, sitting inside, and then coming back from work when it’s dark again. It’s also not healthy. Do what you can to spend some outside when the sun is (hopefully) out, even if it’s just a five minute walk around the block during the day.
Find an indoor hobby
This one is for the long game. If you have an inside hobby that you save for those times when all you want to do is be indoors, it can feel more fun and less like you’re trapped. Knitting, reading, puzzles – the list goes on. Pick your favorite and make it your new late winter tradition.
Hopefully something on this list gets you through the rest of the season! If not, maybe the Groundhog won’t see his shadow?