How to survive winter: Rent a condo on the beach in Florida for three months.
Just kidding. Sort of.
It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of winter. However, constantly focusing on being somewhere else, especially when I can’t be, is not a good way to live. So I devised a new list of things I can actually do to enjoy the long winter months and hopefully some will resonate with you too.
- Go for a walk. (Note to self: I need a warm pair of gloves). Yes, even though there is snow and it’s cold, most likely I can still walk outside. I can enjoy the surroundings of the snow on the branches. I can breathe in crisp fresh air.
- Train for a Spring 5K. I have a treadmill. ‘nuf said.
- Sign up and take ballroom dance classes with my husband. I want to learn how to “partner” dance with my husband. Winter is a perfect time, since we will be indoors.
- Declutter. Getting rid of stuff is ongoing.
- Binge watch a series. Parks and Recreation, Northern Exposure, Everybody Loves Raymond.
- Cozy up in a warm sweater. LOVE wearing sweaters. Now’s the time. 🙂
- Play board games. Scrabble, Sorry and Backgammon are a few of my faves. My husband and I are both competitive, so this should be interesting. 🙂
- Make slow cooker meals. So many to choose from here.
- Do Yoga. Stretching and keeping my muscles limber is essential to good health. There are so many free yoga classes online. Here’s one I would like to try: Yoga with Adriene
- Have a Spa Day. If the bank account allows, go to a spa for a day. Have a massage, get nails done. If the bank account does not allow, do nails at home, soak in a hot bubble bath.
- Journal. Yes. Get my creative juices working, working through problems or just letting off steam.
- Write a book. I’ve always wanted to. I spend a lot of time indoors in the winter which makes it a great time to write.
- Re-read Simple Abundance, by Sarah Ban Breathnach. By the fireplace, with a hot drink.
- Browse a book store. Barnes and Noble is still open, thankfully. Bookstores are so therapeutic for me. The smell of coffee, new books, new adventures to read.
- Plan a summer vacation. Now is the time to plan a vacation for the summer. Rentals go quickly, cruise cabins are on sale. Now all I need is everyone’s schedule.
- Go to a museum. Oh my gosh, I need to do this. In the DC area, most museums are FREE. I can ride in with my husband when he goes to work and just explore (when govt shutdown is over, of course.)
- Bring a little Spring into the house. Buy some new green plants, and have live flowers on my kitchen table.
- Go to a winery. We have a ton of wineries in the area. One in particular has a huge fireplace inside. Trying out some new wines by the fire sounds divine.
- Feed the birds. Learn the different species that come to my bird feeder. Watching birds is very relaxing. Knowing what kind they are is just plain cool.
- Remember to be grateful. For a warm home, a warm bed and hot food.
- Sleep. Rejuvenate with extra sleep. It does a body good.
Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored. – Earl Nightingale