No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.
Winter still has a long way to go but many of us living in the northern climes have already had enough. When I was younger I found it easy to enjoy winter, especially when there was snow providing a white blanket over the land. I didn’t even mind driving in the snow too much. I just don’t remember the temperature chilling my bones as it does now, nor do I remember the roads being as difficult to navigate.
As you know I prefer to look at the bright side, I still do even on the most blustery days as long as I can watch from a warm room in my house. As much as I try I can’t think warm when my body is being battered by sub-zero wind chills. So I may buy a small palm tree, close the blinds, raise the temperature and play island music while awaiting warmer weather.
Now that that is out of my system here is a more practical solution offered by author Debbie Mandel.
How to Brighten the Winter Blahs
Here are 10 tips to help you change your perception of winter and bring warmth and light into a chilly life:
- Raise the blinds and let the light shine in. Sit by the window look out and gaze, or read. Feel the warmth.
- Try eating more hot soups and stews. Add beans and lentils to your diet. These hearty meals are both comforting and nourishing.
- Go outside to reset your biological clock. Let natural sunlight counteract SAD. Appreciate the winter landscape: the “tree architecture” that we never notice when the leaves are flourishing, or the feathery ornamental grasses swaying in the wind.
- Exercise to stimulate and bring warmth to your body. Many of us are bored with treadmills and Stairmasters that go nowhere. Change up your routine. Dress warmly and go for a brisk fitness walk. Try some new classes in Pilates, Yoga, Belly Dancing, Salsa and Weight Training. Join a league to participate in fun team sports. Get a buddy to exercise with or make friends in fitness centers.
- Connect with sunny people. Do volunteer work. We tend to get isolated in the winter and keep to our igloos. Get out and see positive people who appreciate you and if you can’t get out, use the phone or email.
- Bring tropical plants into the house. Their gracious leaves and greenery will lift your spirits and give you a taste of eternal summer.
- Look at the color orange which is cheering. No need to repaint your home; just put something orange on the desk or your coffee table.
- Try a warm glowing candle light meditation. Light a candle in the evening and stare at the flame for about 30 seconds to a minute. Then close your eyes and breathe to your own natural rhythm and see what comes up for you in meditation.
- Give yourself an auto-massage. Warm some inexpensive olive oil in the microwave and massage your body from head to toe. Long strokes for the limbs, circular strokes for the torso. Make sure to massage the temples, and using your thumbs, do windshield wiper movements under and over your eyes. Feel the warmth pervade your body.
- Simplify your home, room by room. Clean out the clutter and donate what you have not used in years. In winter we tend to contract and go inward. Use this indoors time to organize your home. Sharing with the needy will give you an inner glow.
Winter is a season of recovery and preparation.
A first grade teacher collected well known proverbs. She gave each kid in the class the first half of the proverb, and asked them to come up with the rest. Here is what the kids came up with:
Better to be safe than….punch a 5th grader.
Strike while the….bug is close.
You can lead a horse to water but….how?
Don’t bite the hand that….looks dirty.
No news is….impossible.
A miss is as good as a….Mr.
You can’t teach an old dog….math.
If you lie down with dogs, you….will stink in the morning.
The pen is mightier than….the pigs.
An idle mind is….the best way to relax.
Where there is smoke, there’s….pollution.
Happy is the bride who….gets all the presents.
A penny saved is….not much.
Two is company, three’s….The Musketeers.
Children should be seen and not….spanked or grounded.
If at first you don’t succeed….get new batteries.
You get out of something what you….see pictured on the box.
When the blind lead the blind….get out of the way.
Laugh and the whole world laughs with you. Cry and….you have to blow your nose.
“You live and learn. At any rate, you live.”
A blonde was playing Trivial Pursuit one night. It was her turn. She rolled the dice and she landed on “Science & Nature.” Her question was, “If you are in a vacuum and someone calls your name, can you hear it?”
She thought for a time and then asked, “Is it on or off?”
Why do people say they “worked like a dog”? Our dog just sat around all day.
As the passengers settled in on a West Coast commuter flight a flight attendant announced, “We’d like you folks to help us welcome our new co-pilot. He’ll be performing his first commercial landing for us today, so be sure to give him a big round of applause when we come to a stop.”
The plane made an extremely bumpy landing, bouncing hard two or three times before taxiing to a stop. Still, the passengers applauded. Then the attendant’s voice came over the intercom, “Thanks for flying with us. And don’t forget to let our co-pilot know which landing you liked best.”
Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it.
The telephone solicitor selling basement waterproofing must have thought she’d died and gone to heaven when she reached my very polite and patient son on the phone. At the end of her long sales pitch, she asked, “Do you mind if we send out someone to give you an estimate?”
“Not at all,” my son said.
“When would be a good time?” she asked.
My son answered, “Just as soon as I dig a basement.”
When you see the handwriting on the wall, you can bet you’re in a public restroom.
Two blondes were filling up at a gas station one day, when one blonde says to the other, “I bet these awful gas prices are going to go even higher.”
“Won’t bother me,” replies the second blonde, “I always just get $10 worth.”
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant: if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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