Around the middle of January or the beginning of February, I get fed up with winter. We’ve had a few good snowfalls and we’re still several months away from spring, so I often start getting a little bored due to the lack of holidays and sunshine. Here are a few ideas for caring for your physical and mental health and reducing boredom during the exasperating January and February months!
1. Surround Yourself With Plants
Load up your house and bedroom with live plants! My family never had live plants until a few weeks ago, and now we have several beautiful, healthy green sprouts that are brightening up our house and our moods. Just seeing something fresh and green and watching it grow can give you hope that spring will come! For tips on what plants to surround yourself with, check out this great post by B. I am a huge fan of succulents, because they are hard to kill! :)
2. Chase Sunlight
Sunlight is a rare occurrence during the winter, so whenever the sun is out, I am out too! I open all my curtains and sometimes bundle up and take a quick walk. Sunshine can actually help your mental health, so I’d recommend watching for sunny days and then taking full advantage of the golden light!
3. Get Exercise
Exercising during the winter keeps your body active and your mind refreshed. B and I have both written posts about our favorite ways to exercise indoors!
4. Stay Hydrated
Not only is winter, well, depressing, but winter is dry. Drink lots of water (or tea!), lotion your hands often, use lip balm frequently and follow B’s tip in this post. Keeping your body in good working order is paramount for winter survival!
Occasionally, I just need to escape winter entirely! Try retreating into your bedroom with a good book (set somewhere warm, preferably!) for a few hours. Or, grab a computer, open Google Maps and take a virtual trip to your favorite locale. I’ve found that chatting with my besties or having a virtual sleepover are also great ways to distract myself!
Thanks for reading! Which one of these ideas will you try first?