Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Coping

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?

*Update*
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.

5 comments:

Sarah Jane said...

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

Anonymous said...

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

Krista said...

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

saganaga said...

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

Anna - Three Sneaky Bugs said...

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)
Skiing
Snowshoeing
Sledding
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.