Goodness y’all. I have reached that point of the winter where I’m just over it. It’s funny saying that, especially since we’ve had just about the weirdest winter ever this year. From 60 degree temps on Christmas day to 3 feet of snow two weeks ago, it has been one weird winter… and I’m over it. I’m ready for sunny skies, cherry blossoms, warmer temperatures, and lots of baseball.
When I first moved to DC from Texas back in 2004 I noticed a real difference in how I felt during the winter months. Going from warmer, sunny winters to cold, gray winters was tough. I realized quickly that I’d never complain about Texas winters again. Although I love the 4 seasons here in DC, the dark and gray winters start to take a toll on me, but I’ve learned a few tricks that help to make the grey days brighter.
Around this time every year I do a few things to help with beating the mid winter blues. My tricks/tips are simple, but for me, they always help.
1. Go outside, even just for a few minutes, over lunch – Most days I drive into work when it’s dark and leave after the sun has set. There’s just something about getting outside, even if just for a few minutes, during lunch. I work in an office with no windows, so some days I can go all day without seeing the sun.
2. Buy yourself flowers – You can find great deals at Trader Joe’s, but honestly, spending $10-$15 on flowers is well worth the cheer it will bring to your office or home. I’ve also picked up a small potted plant or flower before. It’s less expensive and it’ll hopefully will grow for a long time.
3. Eat an orange or clementine – There’s just something about a sweet, vitamin C packed piece of citrus. Even just pealing an orange brightens my day! I just love the smell!
4. Plan a vacation (Even if you can’t go on it right way) – Man, what I wouldn’t give to be on a cruise right now. There’s just something about dreaming about warmer days and warmer places. Planning a vacation, whether big or small, is a great way to beat the winter blues. I have 9 days of vacation I have to use before May 1, so I’ve had plenty of time to dream of ways to use those days. Although I won’t be sailing to the Caribbean, I have a few mini vacations up my sleeve.