Beating the Winter Blues
by Susan G Mathis
Cabin fever. The doldrums. The winter blues. Whatever you call it, it can get you down. But here are a dozen ways to beat it and enjoy the season.
- Get some sun. Your body needs vitamin D and sunlight to be healthy and happy. Take a walk or play outside whenever you can.
- Keep moving. Every day. You’ll stay warm, healthy and in a good mood.
- Eat healthy. Enjoy hot and healthy foods rich in veggies and fruits. It will not only help you stay healthy during the cold and flu season but also help you beat the blues.
- Get crafty. Make bright and colorful flowers, butterflies and all things summer with a craft of your choice. A quick internet search will yield a plethora of ideas.
- Enjoy cooking. Teach kids to make a meal. Create menus, set a fancy table and pretend to dine at a fine restaurant. Or cook with your hubby.
- Beach it at home. Throw a blanket down, dress for the beach, enjoy a meal, make a seashell craft and watch a summer movie.
- Play games. Board games. Card games. Competitions. Hide and seek. You name it—just play with abandon.
- Camp indoors. Set up a pop-up tent or create one out of sheets. Eat hotdogs and s’mores. Sing campfire songs and tell stories. Download a star gazing app on your tablet and watch the stars.
- Join the YMCA, go to an indoor water park or take a weekend vacation at a nearby hotel that has a pool and enjoy the water.
- Get cultured. Go to museums, a play or a music concert.
- Enjoy winter. Try something new like ice skating or skiing, or go back to your childhood and sled, build a snowman, have a snowball fight or have a snow-painting party with food coloring.
- Just as nature rests in winter, a little more rest is okay. But don’t oversleep. Short naps and a good eight hours of sleep can be just the ticket to an energized winter season.
Susan G Mathis is the author of The ReMarriage Adventure: Preparing for a Lifetime of Love & Happiness and Countdown for Couples: Preparing for the Adventure of Marriage with her husband, Dale. Visit www.SusanGMathis.com for more.