Winter blahs get their reputation honestly. It is no fun to wake up to another cold, grey day for weeks or months on end. But just when you think you can't wait one more day for the warm sun to return, you might find inspiration to survive fall and winter from these tips!
Tip 1: Buy cute, comfy winter wear.
No matter how much you hate the cold, you will always find it slightly easier to venture outside if you love your winter wardrobe. A down or down alternative coat with a hood will keep you warm and cozy even if it is snowing outside. Knee-high winter boots will insulate your feet and keep them warm and dry.
Choose your winter wear wisely. If you don't love it, leave it on the rack. Look at your winter outerwear as an investment in warmth and morale. If you love your coat and boots so much you can't wait to show them off, you will be more motivated to wear them.
Tip 2: Add a rug....or few.
Few experiences are more miserable than having to get up in the morning and tiptoe across any icy cold floor. Simply adding a plush pile rug to your indoor decor can make your mornings so much brighter and more comfy.
Unless you plan to invest in wall to wall carpeting, however, at some point that area rug will end and you will have to confront the floor again. For this, place a pair of fluffy slippers by your bed. Slip your feet into them first thing and never feel that awful cold floor again.
Tip 3: Be sure to load up on vitamin D.
Vitamin D is one of the new "star" vitamins, cited by leading medical professionals for its role in guarding against cancer, osteoporosis (brittle bones) and other serious health issues. But more importantly, Vitamin D can really boost your mood, especially during the blah winter months.
Ask your doctor about sun therapy, supplements or diet changes to increase your daily intake of Vitamin D.
Tip 4: Order your groceries to be delivered to you.
If you have ever looked outside at the cold, icy weather and wished you could just have someone bring your groceries to you, now you really can! In fact, with the rising number of grocery delivery service options, increasing numbers of cold-averse shoppers are choosing to do just that!
Whether you need just a few ingredients or a whole cart full of supplies, you can stay warm and dry inside all winter long with grocery delivery services.
Tip 5: Notice things you do like about winter.
This can be challenging if you really hate the cold. But maybe you really like how the world looks (from the indoors) when covered in fresh white snow. Maybe you love the winter holidays and all the festivities they bring.
By making a "winter gratitude" list, or simply keeping mental tabs on what you do appreciate about the cold weather months, you can boost your mood when the endless cold gets you down.
Tip 6: Stay active as much as you can.
You may have to make some adjustments to keep active in winter. But one thing that is nearly guaranteed to bum you out is staying inside on your couch all winter long. You won't feel connected to life, to other people and to yourself unless you make a concerted effort to get out there and live even when temperatures are plunging.
Finding an indoor sport you can pursue or a workout class you can take with a friend can be a great way to stay active. Plus, as a bonus, working out in the winter will give you an instant warmth boost from the inside out!
Winter isn't for everyone, and if you love the warm temperatures of spring and summer, you may not ever be able to really warm up to fall and winter as well. But there are many ways to ease the chill of winter emotionally, mentally and physically, and some of those ways can even be fun too!