I have been reading a number of posts as of late that advise on how to cure the “winter blues” and get through the last weeks of winter that can seem to drag. It is true that post-holidays with decorations put away and celebrations past, the weather and short days continue. I have never been a huge fan of winter myself always being cold (though thoroughly enjoying coat shopping and winter fashion—my husband seems to think that I have amassed some large coat collection that is strategically stowed in the various closets throughout our home).
My thoughts on how to tackle winter? Embrace it. Enjoy the cold mornings on which you can see your breath and feel the icy air hit your lungs. Enjoy early family dinners tucked into your home and then family time playing and nestled in front of your fire. (Dogs either fireside or on the couch with family. In our case, the latter applies. My sister calls them “couch hounds.”) Enjoy brisk walks outside after which everyone comes in and enjoys a nice hot chocolate.
Some other thoughts on getting through winter:
ONE // Happy Moments. “It is the sweet, simple things of life that are the real ones after all.” ~Laura Ingalls Wilder. I recently noted that I was still basking in “moments” from the weekend—family snuggle and park time, a homemade pancake breakfast, lots of toddler giggles, and fresh flowers. Enjoy the moments and be present. Express gratitude and thanks to loved ones.
TWO // Prioritize Self-Care. Do your best to eat healthy and take time to relax and de-stress. For me, as I have written about before, even a brisk walk outside with our dogs rejuvenates and relaxes me. I also take daily supplements of Vitamin D and Probiotics. I take this Vitamin D, this Probiotic, and this Multivitamin.
THREE // Exercise. Working out is a great way to take care of yourself. The anti-aging and health benefits of exercise are well known and documented. Notwithstanding, working in time to exercise amidst busy life and hectic schedules can be very difficult. It can also be difficult adding the extra travel time going to/from a gym. There are a number of apps out there now from which one can workout from home. For example, I started using the Tone It Up app on which I can pull up workout out videos on demand or join a class right from our home.
FOUR // Sleep. Prioritize sleep and work to get enough of it. Sleep impacts mood and health. Also, try and turn off your phone at least 30 minutes before going to sleep. Opt for reading a book instead of scrolling on your phone. The New York Times Bestseller list is a great place to start for ideas. As a mom of a little one, I currently am reading this. This book is on my reading list.
On an fashion related note, nothing like a pretty spring top to brighten your day. This blue gingham with its tie-sleeves is especially bright and lovely. I paired with navy jeans for this look but it would also look nice with a slim pencil skirt or a more traditional denim. And, cannot beat the “pop” of pink and green in the background.
Happy last days of winter!
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