Spring will come
We are in the throes of winter, and I am not a fan. It has been unusually cold all up and down the east coast this year.
I know there are people who love the winter season. Jim and I grew up in New England and it has always been our goal to move south to a warmer winter climate. We have determined North Carolina to be our forever home, although I believe we may rent a place in Florida for a couple of months, in the future. It’s not so much the s-word (that white fluffy stuff that falls from the sky and makes driving tricky), it’s the c-c-c-c old that gets to me. I know I am not alone in this.
I could complain for two or three months or I could hibernate, wearing layers of clothes and sipping hot beverages, but neither of those options fit my personality. Oh sure, I have been known to complain and hibernate for a couple of days (nobody’s perfect) but a couple months of negativity is not good for our mindset, or that of the people around us.
So, how do you deal with the chill of winter without succumbing to the doldrums? By remembering that Spring is coming. Always has, always will (until the end of time). Our oldest son buys a small bouquet of fresh flowers when he grocery shops each week. It brightens the house and the mood of those in it. We are blessed with a swim-spa, so when it’s sunny and above freezing, I’ll go out and submerge myself in the hot water and bask in the sun for a few minutes. Working on getting that Vitamin D.
Some other things you might do to look hopefully towards the future and keep a sunny disposition are…
- Get outside when it’s warm enough for you. Fresh air is good for you!
- Exercise. You don’t want an unpleasant surprise when you exchange those sweats for a bikini.
- Decorate your home or office with spring, summer, beach, lake (whatever speaks to you) items.
- Listen to spring sounds. You can download an app, go to a website, of buy a machine that offers options.
- Start some vegetable or flower seeds indoors.
- If it’s just too cold, find a sunny spot in your home and soak up some warm sunshine.
There are many other ways to keep a positive mindset throughout the winter season, as we joyfully anticipate the warmth of Spring. Feel free to add some in the comments. The main thing is that hopeful, positive mindset. Spring is coming soon!