Beat the February Freak Out
Everyone who lives in a seasonal climate knows what late winter can do to you. It doesn't matter if the winter has been mild or Hoth-like, come February, most of us are starting to lose the few marbles that winter has left us with.
I'm a New Englander through and through. I love seasons. I lived in Honolulu once and the monotony of unchanging weather almost did me in. It didn't matter that I was living on a picturesque tropical island, with perfect sunsets, surrounded by beautiful surfers. Putting christmas lights on palm trees in 80 degree heat just didn't do it for me. All that aside, the second half of winter can be a dank slog for most of us.
Want to avoid the February freak out and make it to springtime? Here are a few ideas:
Do All of the Inside Projects - By the time summer rolls around, we're not going to want to be organizing our kitchen utensil drawer or rearranging our bookshelf by spine color. Use the rest of winter to do some of your long forgotten inside projects. It'll help you feel productive and give you more time to do the fun stuff when it's warm. Make a cup of tea, put on your favorite show to binge and do projects!
Monitor Your Habits - The tail end of winter makes it easy to want to dive face first into a punch bowl of your favorite cocktail and sit around ordering take out every night but that's just going to make your body feel yuckier than a wintery mix. I'm all for occasional indulgences, but think about ways that you can nourish yourself before spring. Pick up your instrument and practice, start learning something new, reach for the tea instead of the bourbon.
Go Outside - If you don't want cabin fever, get out of the cabin! Winter is a fabulous time to be outside. Sure you can't do all the things you do in the summer and sometimes the weather is too sloppy or frigid to bear, but when it's not, you should be outside. There's sledding, ice skating, skiing, snowshoeing and all sorts of other activities you can do. Even going for a brisk chilly walk around your neighborhood will feel good.
Start Planning Your Spring and Summer - Thinking about the fun you'll have when it gets warm will make the cold weather and warm weather better spent. Start planning out your garden, summer parties you want to have or trips you want to take. Plan out your next outdoor project. Warm thoughts are always helpful when it's chilly.
Get Hygge - Wikipedia describes hygge as "the Scandinavian word for a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality with feelings of wellness and contentment." So get cozy! Grab a throw blanket, a cup of your favorite hot beverage, your fuzziest pet, and the most riveting book you have or invite your favorite friends or family over for a candle-lit meal of comfort food and good conversation. Winter is an opportunity to slow down and be present.
Godspeed chilly ones! May spring find you quickly and of sane mind when it does!