I hate the cold weather. Where did fall go? We had like 3 weeks of lovely cool autumn temperatures. Here in Kansas it seriously went from 60s to 20s in a week. Now instead of light sweaters and boots I’m bundled up in thick socks, heavy sweaters, coats, hats, scarves and gloves.
I miss fall. I loved opening all my windows, letting the breeze waft through my home. I love the smell of sunshine and leaves. So to beat these winter blues and just “blah-ness” I use these 5 cold weather mood boosters. They are my go-to and I use all of them almost daily!
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1.) Wood Stove
Now that we have these arctic winds my windows are shut tight. My family, my dog, and I are all in this house, constantly. We have a wood burning stove and the smell of the hickory is one of my favorites! It is one of the few redeeming things about this cold weather. I love feeding the stove, watching the embers burn, listening to the crackles.
I have to go outside and haul wood inside – this activity is surprisingly one of my favorites. (Do NOT tell my husband. I love it when he does it more). As much as I despise the cold, there is something so satisfying about the exercise I get from the walking, carrying and moving wood inside.
Music is a way I turn my mood around. If I cannot shake my gloominess, I turn on some happy instrumental music. As I write this post, I have bluegrass on in the background. When I was alone in my car this morning after dropping the children off at school, I belted out the Christmas tunes (Baby It’s Cold Outside was so relevant!). Music forces my thoughts to change, the fog in my brain to clear.
Smells help too. Heat and smells. Like when I make a hot cup of coffee – I always choose a flavored coffee because I adore how it smells as it brews! The heat and smells of my woodturning stove. And the heat and light and smells of my favorite scented candles. It’s as though if my house smells better (#SmellsClean) I am more motivated to clean it and make it look better too.
Some of my favorite scents are coffee-themed: mocha, espresso, and pumpkin spice. I also LOVE the Christmas scented ones – with warm tones of cinnamon, fir, and sugar.
Lucy is my little helper in the kitchen! She loves baking up goodies from scratch with me! Filling my house with the warmth of the stove and the smells from the oven is pure happiness! And there are few things as pleasurable as biting into a hot chocolate chip cookies, when the chocolate chips are still gooey and almost burn your tongue.
5) Moving around, dance breaks!
Just moving around is a huge mood booster. It’s so funny to me how when I am tired, and overwhelmed, all I want to do is snuggle in my bed and bing watch my favorite TV shows, how the last thing I want to do is move, but the best way to shake that feeling is to get up and get my heart pumping! I’ve found sites like Daily Burn that help me stay active without having to leave my house. Then there is always a dance list on Spotify and I dance like no one is watching! Or on particularly busy blog days I force myself to take breaks from the computer and run in place, dance to one song and do a few body-weight exercises (like squats, lunges and push ups).
How are you beating the winter blues? What changes your mood and keeps you happy and knocking out your to-do list?