Our Life in Northern Michigan

How I Am Beating the Winter Blues

Sitting in here in my robe at 12:05 PM on a Monday afternoon while my baby naps, I wanted to quickly finish up this post about beating the winter blues. This weather is exactly the type that can bring us down in the long second half of winter. Peep a view out my living room window…

It can be difficult to keep high energy levels and motivation this time of year, but I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ways to combat this fact! These are several of my strategies for beating the winter blues…

Adding greenery to my home

When the Christmas tree comes down and the garland gets put away, a house can easily feel a little dull.

A few weeks ago, I was grocery shopping at Aldi and happened upon the greatest little assortment of potted houseplants. It’s like they knew we needed some greenery in our homes in order to make it through the rest of winter. They were right! I grabbed a couple of them right away.

Although I’m struggling a bit to keep one of them going, they add a fresh breath of life to my home.

Besides the added color, there’s something to be said about the benefit of the responsibility of simply caring for the plants. It’s a purpose I thoroughly enjoy. (Pro tip: find a cute pitcher, keep it out on the kitchen counter, and let it be the perfect reminder to keep your plants alive! This one is from Marshall’s.)

Reading new books

Thanks to a great friend of mine (hi Alyssa!) for gifting me a new book for Christmas! It is called The Selection and I just finished it. Lucky for me, it’s the start of a five book series! I can’t wait to pick up the next one.

Starting some new books this month is a great way to beat the winter blues. A few more on my reading list are Capital Gaines by Chip Gaines, Turtles All the Way Down by John Green, and On the Other Side of Fear by Hallie Lord. I’ve got enough to keep my cold, quiet afternoons busy for a while!

Attending local events

I’ve recently discovered that so many businesses and organizations are posting their events on Facebook these days! It easy to discover all of the local events happening in your area.

From the Facebook homepage, choose the “events” tab on the left sidebar. From the events page, you can select to view events happening in your area today, tomorrow, next week, etc.

Check it out! You might be surprised how many cool things you find out about. I know I was.

Getting outside

I know. I get it. Trust me. It’s cold, it’s cloudy, and you just really don’t want to. But do it anyway.

Bundle up in as many layers as it takes and just go for a stroll down the road. Or head to a local sledding hill or ice rink. Or throw the ball for the dog in the back yard.

You don’t want to do it, but once you do, you’ll be glad you did. The fresh air is so important in order to avoid feeling cooped up. We can really smack the winter blues in the face if we just face them head-on!

Listening to podcasts

This one is definitely a favorite. You’ll like it, too, if you’re a busy mama like me!

Through Instagram, I recently discovered some great podcasts that I’ve really been enjoying. They are From the Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl  by Rachel Brathen and The Birth Hour by Bryn Huntpalmer.

I’ve followed both IG accounts for a while now, but only just listened to their shows. Let me just say, game changer!

It can be so hard to put aside time to read or watch things with an almost-one-year-old. With podcasts, I can just have them playing on the Bose speaker while I play with her or make lunch or do laundry. It’s a nice break from the mundane routine of a weekday winter afternoon.

I highly recommend both of these podcasts and look forward to discovering more!

Trying DIYs

I haven’t done this one yet, but I plan to! In hopes of adding some new decor and color to my home, I’m excited to try a making a DIY wall hanging. I first saw it here in this Aspyn Ovard YouTube video.

This image is not my own. Taken from Pinterest.

Staying active

Finally, getting active is so important in order to beat the winter blues. I just joined a local gym and committed to a three year membership! No backing out for me!

Not only do I want to work on getting fit and healthy, I also know that exercise is a proven way to help reduce or avoid depression/anxiety. This alone is a great reason to make physical activity a priority.

If you want to, you could go to a community pool for lap swim or open swim and pretend you’re in a tropical paradise for a little while!

Don’t let winter get you down!

Have you been struggling with winter blues? What do you do to keep busy during the winter? I’d love to hear all of your fresh ideas! Please share!

Xoxo, Kaeli

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