I’ve never really been a winter person even if I’ve lived in New England a good portion of my life. Each year, I never look forwards to winter, the cold weather, & all that it brings. But this year, I was determined to make the most out of winter, embracing everything it has to offer instead of being depressed, stuck indoors, waiting for the spring to arrive. I know I’m not alone, there are others who don’t enjoy winter. So here’s some of the things that have made this winter actually quite enjoyable. It may not be my most favorite season, but it definitely not a time to dread anymore. Here’s a few ways I’ve embraced winter.
1. Get the right gear
“There is no bad weather, only bad clothing.” ~Swedish Saying
Having the right gear is EVERYTHING. How can you enjoy the colder months is your freezing? You don’t need to spend a fortune, just make sure you have good gloves, hat, neck wrap, & warm boots. Oh and wearing two pairs of pants on really cold days helps a lot.
2. Change your mindset
Attitude is everything. Start finding little ways you enjoy about winter and go from there.
3. Admire the beauty of the season
Have you been out looking around, it’s quite beautiful out. The snow & ice offers such fantastic props for images. Next time your out, start really looking around, seeing all the beauty that’s around you.
4. Make your home cozy & enjoy the comforts
Fires, candles, essential oil diffusers etc. helps make you house cozy. Who wouldn’t want to be home if it’s nice & cozy. Enjoy the comforts of food, warm drinks, reading, snuggling etc.
5. Have a winter bonfire
Who doesn’t love a good bonfire? Bonfires aren’t just for spring & summer, winter ones can be just as fun.
7. Snuggle up with a good book
Got some reading to catch up on, now is the perfect time. Make yourself a nice warm drink, snuggle with your favorite blanket and get your reading on.
8. Have a game night
We love game nights at our house. Wintertime is a great time to have these more often, as we are always looking of ways to have fun with all 5 kiddos, but it’s hard since the ages they are 16-6. Games is a perfect way for us all to have family time.
9. Exercise @ least 1x per day
No, you don’t need to go crazy or anything, just get out and walk. I love walking now, so that’s what I will do till spring, then I’m hoping to fix my bike and start biking again. My stomach can’t handle running, so I don’t ever think I would do that. Just do whatever you can at least 1x per day.
10. Get outdoors as often as you can……..staying indoors is depressing
Getting out in the fresh air will do you wonders. Stop barricading yourself in, get out, & embrace the cold.
11. Activities & hobbies ie. snowshoeing, sledding, crafts etc.
Finding something to get up moving, is always great. Why not make it something fun. Take up new activities or do something you already love. It’ll make winter so much more enjoyable.
12. Eat as healthy as possible
The way we eat will affect the way we feel. Fill your body with foods that it will thank you later for.
13. Host an outdoor party or pot luck
Parties of any kind are fun. Why not host one at your house? It can be as simple as you want, just gather a few people together to enjoy each other’s company.
Are you a fan of winter?