3 ways to fight winter blues

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february is that month where winter white can turn to blue.  maybe it’s january for you?  or march that brings a bit of madness, realizing that you may have to wait all the way until may for some milder weather (if you live in the midwest, like me).  each year i’m trying to find new tricks to treat myself with when the blues bust down my door and beg me to pull the covers over my head.

last year there was this list of tries (many that do the trick).  this year there have been a few factors . . .

winter-blues1

february is that month where winter white can turn to blue. maybe it’s january for you? or march that brings a bit of madness, realizing that you may have to wait all the way until may for some milder weather (if you live in the midwest, like me). each year i’m trying to find new tricks to treat myself with when the blues bust down my door and beg me to pull the covers over my head.

last year there was this list of tries (many that do the trick). this year there have been a few factors . . .

that have forced me out of a frigid funk.  i wasn’t working my list, it’s just i found that these things worked, for me and maybe they will for you too?

3 ways to fight winter blues

1 / scent – i’ve been caught of guard by how much scent has sent me to a different place in recent days.  although, it is sometimes so short lived it’s been like an instant injection of happy.  a buried memory making it way to the surface and warming my cold bones.  when the morning coffee is made, taking in a deep breath and suddenly i can almost feel the embrace of my coffee loving grandma.  scent can also be a treat, like a tropical candle that tells of warmer days, a hot bath with scented salts, and essential oils diffusing  (this one is my current fave) while doing yoga.  i don’t know if it is that i’m breathing a little deeper or the actual smells, but it’s working for me.  i’m taking it in and taking notice of how it makes me feel, and where, what, or who it makes me remember.

here are a few ways i’ve been taking in scents and a few of my favorites:

 


 

2 / get out –  maybe this is stating the obvious, but that is the last thing i want to do when it’s winter and i’m feeling the blues or just cold.  i prefer to get under my blankets and just befriend books.  this year, i’ve spent more time connecting with friends and getting out.  to get out, it’s meant reaching out and being out of my comfort zone at times, but it has been worth it.

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3 / give in – the blues are their baddest when you feel totally stuck and sometimes you literally are.  with winter comes long bouts of no school, sick kids, messier spaces, and scenarios that seem to stay the same.  slowly, i’m learning that when i fight these things that feel frustrating, and i can’t really change, it’s a losing battle.  things are better if i just give in and go with it.  go with the messy house.  go with the 10th snow day.  watch a movie.  forget the blog post.  make popcorn.  do what has to be done and let the rest be.  try again for normal schedules and getting things done, tomorrow.  and, if tomorrow is a repeat of today then maybe the day after will be the day you quit the couch, can the kleenex and crush your last candy (candy crush has been my winter vice).

tell me, what do you do to ward off the winter blues?

more on winter here.

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Responses

  • Elizbeth
    Commented on February 5th, 2015 at 3:31pm

    This is a great post. I want the Bobbi Brown oil like bad. Volcano is a no brainer. Have you ever come in contact with the Shampure candles from Aveda? It’s the most calming and comforting scent in the world to me! Second only to blowing out birthday candles on cake, but thats a different mood all together. Anyway- love this! Thanks! xo
    http://www.ithappenedonemorning.com

  • Trina
    Commented on February 5th, 2015 at 3:45pm

    thank you! i have been spraying the bobbi brown beach perfume everyday….my kids are like why do you smell like the pool and i’m like never mind….i like it. i haven’t smelled shampure, but i’m going to have to check it out. thanks for the rec. xo . t

  • Jo
    Commented on February 8th, 2015 at 10:53pm

    You are so right about scent. I adore Gap Grass perfume. I’m not even sure they still make it, but it smells just like fresh cut grass. People should start asking for it. I also love oil perfumes. I’ve been wearing one called Persian Garden that is like a little whiff of heaven on a bad day.

    I also self medicate with color therapy in the dead of winter. Whether it’s a full-on paint project, a bright mani, or a coloring book and some colored pencils, a shot of color can make a big difference on a cold, dreary day.

  • Trina
    Commented on February 9th, 2015 at 9:53pm

    i so remember the GAP grass perfume. i can still smell it and think it would do so much good in winter. now, i’m wondering if they still have it. oooh…a grass candle would be great. and, color therapy- great idea! xo . t

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