How to Fight the Winter Blahs

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Well, how tall is your snow bank?

If you are like many of us in the north you have just been hit with a hum dinger of a snow storm. Chicago got hit with over 20 inches of snow and some people were stranded in their cars for over 10+ hours. It’s no wonder with images like this floating in our minds that we succumb to the BLAAAHHHHS

I live in the Metro Detroit area and even though not as bad as Chicago we definitely hit the boiling point on the Blah thermometer, dark, dreary, cold and windy!

How to Beat the Blahs even when faced with record breaking cold and storms. Well the first step is to be ready for them, they WILL arrive and the best attack is to have a plan of action. So as the sunlight hours get shorter and the temperature descends start to think of ways to BEAT THE BLAHS!

I have compiled a list of activities that can be used both during and
pre-blah winter season.

  • Think HEAT, that’s right, anything hot can improve a dull moment, so spice it up, heat it up and warm it up. Soups, hot drinks, toasted sandwiches, chili’s. Experiment and try something new or different. Put a pot on the stove and throw in whatever is in the fridge, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, celery, parsnips, tomatoes, onions, kidney beans, you name it, put it in! Leave it on medium heat for a couple hours, crank up the fire in the fireplace, put on a great comedy and enjoy
  • Nutritious is the ideal food choice this time of year. They provide more effective use of your bodies resources and don’t give you quick highs and lows like sugary treats can, thus leading to an eventual descent in the mood leading to the blahs.
  • Get moving, even though your first reaction when the blahs hit is to stay in those p.j.s and lay around, DON’T. Once you get up and start doing something, anything you’ll see an immediate change in your spirits. When the body starts, the brain can’t help but move also and often when it does it has forgotten the “blahs” and on to bigger and better things.
  • Plan a family project. The closet/drawers/room that has been asking for your attention would make a great way for all of you to connect and actually get something accomplished. Another item off the to-do list!
  • Get out of the house! Something simple outside, like a walk or a little snow shoveling?! If not how about sledding or ice skating or skiing. Naw, not the outdoorsy type. Try something completely different, a museum or library; how about a concert or play?
  • Go see a long lost friend, you know the college buddy that for the last year you have been promising to go see; how about your favorite aunt who makes great homemade bread; or just a next door neighbor that you have been looking forward to meeting
  • Seek out the sun. Whenever you can put yourself in the light of day, do so. Arrange your calendar so that during those warm, afternoon hours when the chances of the sun showing up are greatest you are in a position to absorb those rays. Even if it means repositioning an office chair, take a walk around the building or plan a later lunch. Try to maximize your skins availability to that bright light.
  • Do something completely new and different. Maybe something as simple as a new grocery store or more complicated like basket weaving. The process of learning and planning for this new behavior can dramatically shift your focus hence no more blahs and a new habit or hobby acquired
  • Exercise-I know when the blahs are in full force the last thing you want to do is exert any extra effort. But here again start small. Start with something simple like an extra up and down the stair case or parking the car far away from the building. Then increase the activity every 2-3 days not only will you feel better during the day but you’ll sleep better also!
  • Change your surroundings. Try moving furniture or buy a new brightly colored rug or throw pillows. Get your family involved in the process and maybe come up with something fun, like all the furniture in the middle or everything has to touch. You may find that some of these new configurations are actually conducive to better family time and more connecting.
  • Plan your outside yard for the winter creatures that may be lurking. Put out bird feeders or nuts for the squirrels. If you are in an area where deer are common try hay or a salt lick and see if you can develop your photographic hobby at the same time. If the indoors is where you prefer, plant some seedlings, water and tend them in preparation for warmer temperatures.
  • Keep those p.j.s on and crawl between the sheets. For the PG version grab a great book and read it out loud with your kids, let them participate and become actors if they have the desire. The R version… well hopefully I don’t need to explain how THAT will alleviate the BLAHS, (big-time!)

If all else fails and you can’t seem to fight those winter blahs
try the video below it will at least generate a smile.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4DiF4G-SWCs

Before you go tell me by liking this article that you enjoyed the read
and better yet share with me your remedy on how you fight the winter blahs!

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  1. enjoyable

    This really brings back memories Donna when I lived in Michigan. I really like your ideas and suggestions. You have such a fun and enjoyable way in sharing these tips. Just doing a few of these will certainly put a smile on your face and warm your heart!
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