Tuesday, January 25, 2011


This winter is the snowiest that we have had in Minnesota since I was in high school, and the coldest since I was in college, and it's starting to get me down.
I thought I would share some of my favorite coping mechanisms to keep the winter blahs at bay.

1. Put springtime photos where you can see them.

2. Bake. A lot.
It takes your mind off the snow and heats up the house.3. Keep the house well-stocked with citrus fruit.
At worst the bright colors will cheer you up, and at best you can imagine you're in some warmer clime and you've just picked these from a tree in your back yard.

On Friday there is a heat wave expected when we'll see a temperature above freezing! Maybe the end is in sight.

What are your favorite things to stave off the winter downers?

O.K., I have been doing outside things too, I went skating and had a lot of fun, but the way below zero temps are not my favorites.


  1. I would add do something you can't do in the summer- skate, ski, go sledding!:)

  2. I learn to make Norwegian Mittens from one of the coolest people on the planet.

  3. 4. Come visit dear friends who live in warmer climes and come pick the citrus yourself!

  4. good ideas, have you tried light therapy? i've been thinking of trying it...

  5. I find thinking of spring makes me depressed so I try to stay in the season. Here's what I do - make a list of all the things you like to do or would want to do in the winter. Mostly these are things you can't do in the summer or just make more sense in the winter:
    Baking (you have this one down)
    Skating (temps are better now)
    Paper snowflakes
    Making ice lanterns
    Hikes to look for animal tracks
    And so on. Then start checking them off. Also, get a bunch of winter themed picture books from the library. They're very inspiring.

    Whatever you do, don't stay inside too much. That's a sure fire way to get cabin fever.