Thursday, January 18, 2018

Pulling Yourself Out of a Winter Slump

First of all, thanks so much to everyone who read yesterday's post and left me comments on Facebook and Instagram - it really helps to know that I have everyone's encouragement and support!

I'm taking a break from the heavy posts today to talk about something else that's been on my mind a lot: Winter. We have had so many days of freezing or below temperatures, and it seems like every time the snow has a chance to melt, the ground is already covered again less than 24 hours later. In a few months, this cold weather will actually make me angry, but for now, it just makes me feel listless. Winter puts me in a real slump - I don't want to do anything other than go to work, go home, and change into PJs, but even that bores me after a few days of the same exact thing! So I'm sharing some of the things I do to try to make me feel less miserable in the cold weather.
Look Better, Feel Better
Some people might call this vain, but I don't think it is. I really do feel better and happier when I know I look more put together. For me, this means doing my nails every Sunday night (I am an Essie Gel Couture obsessive) and doing a face mask once a week. These are small things, but adding them to my weekly routine helps me feel better, and in turn, improves my attitude. If the temperature goes over 32 degrees, throwing on a cute outfit for the day also raises my mood a lot!

Make Plans - With Other People or Yourself
Sometimes, making fun plans that you know you'll look forward to goes a long way. Sure, the thought staying in PJs is incredibly tempting! But making plans that you're excited about - a new movie coming out, a restaurant you've been wanting to try, a cool museum exhibit - will be worth it, and will take your mind off winter. What if you can't convince anyone to brave the elements and join you? That's when you make plans with yourself! "Me time" can be so underrated, but so valuable. Whether you're taking yourself on a movie date in the theater or on the couch, spending time with yourself can help quiet your mind.

Entertain Yourself At Home
Some days, it's just too cold and you just don't want to deal with it. That's fine! You don't need to go out to break out of your rut. Pick a new book to read, or a new movie or TV show to watch - try picking something different than you usually would so you're still pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. You can make it a group activity, too - plan a game night and invite all your friends over, or a chick flick marathon.

Any tips you have for beating winter boredom and breaking out of the usual rut? Let me know!

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