It officially feels like winter here in Raleigh and we even received our first snowfall last weekend. Cleo and I were snowed in for two days and there wasn’t enough Netflix to help me avoid major cabin fever. I’m already not a huge fan of the cold and believe its only true benefit is cozy sweaters. Around this time of year I tend to go into hibernation mode where sleeping in, eating way too many Wheat Thins and watching Netflix under my heated blanket easily become part of my daily routine. Of course, it’s beneficial to “cool your jets,” (as my dad says) every now and then, but a season-long slump often leads to me feeling bored, lazy and (my least favorite feeling) unaccomplished. Last weekend’s lack of activity and the reminder of how bitter cold can be, motivated me to create a list of ways to avoid the winter blues. It’s already helped by giving me things to look forward to and I hope it gives you some inspiration too!
Here are my 6 Ways to Avoid the Winter Blues:
Attempt to make some of the recipes on my Pinterest board
I love to cook and it gives me such a sense of accomplishment when I prepare a good dish (must be the Italian in me). Last weekend is when I perfected my chili recipe and I spent hours creating a recipe to-do list. Since I’m currently obsessed with zoodles, this week, I’ll be making this new dish!
Host a game night
We had game nights almost every Thursday in college to avoid the cold and spending money. The tradition ultimately became one of my favorite college memories and although schedules are a bit more hectic now, I’m determined to recruit a few girlfriends to do it again! (I can even serve my Pinterest successes!) I’m obsessed with Catch Phrase and Heads Up. Any other good game suggestions?
Join a book club
Or just start reading again! Unfortunately, it’s a hobby that’s been neglected for about a year, but is there really anything better than a good book? I’m in desperate need of suggestions so if you have one, please comment below! One of my all-time favorites is linked here (it’s hilarious!).
Send snail mail
I recently discovered Cleerely Stated and among the many adorable items in her shop are the cutest cards, ever! They’re not only beautiful, but full of love and encouragement. Since I have so many wonderful people in my life (and many living far away), I love the idea of sending cards “just because,” to show my appreciation. And also because getting physical mail that’s not a bill will forever be one of life’s small joys.
Learn something new
This might be the most important item on my list. I tend to “feel the blues,” when there’s a lack of progression in my life. Since I’ve decided that 2017 will be, “the year of Courtney Fashionista,” (sorry again, so cheesy!), I’ve been looking for new ways to improve myself as a blogger. I recently found out about an online certification for Google Analytics and am signing up as soon as I finish writing this post. I’m excited to not only work toward my New Year’s resolution, but also to add something to my professional resume!
Try a new work out
My friend Camellia and I have been going to Sky Fitness classes and I don’t think there can be a more fun way to workout! If you haven’t heard of this new exercise trend, you basically do aerobics on a huge trampoline. It’s honestly an amazing workout and totally makes me feel like a kid again. If you’re local, this is the one I go to!
Let’s share some ideas! What are some of your ways to avoid the Winter Blues?
Pictures by Tammy Torres Photography