How to Beat the Winter Blues

 

Winter is the season that people love to hate. It lasts too long, constantly reminding us of its presence with bitter winds, piles of uncooperative snow, and freezing temperatures that make our noses turn as red as tomatoes. Whether you passionately hate winter or just endure it, it comes every year without fail so we might as well make the most of it.

Accept It

Accepting that winter has come is the necessary first step to enjoying the season. I'm not saying you have to be happy about it (yet), but there's no use in wearing t-shirts and rolling up the cuffs of your jeans to make capris. It's time to put the sneakers away and bring out the boots. Dressing to protect from the cold is more important than you might think. Instead of constantly thinking about all the escaping body heat when wearing a simple sweater, bundle up in a warm coat. When you add layers and can't feel the cold, you'll be less miserable.

Embrace It

This is a lot easier said than done but I think a key step to having a good winter is getting outside and enjoying the beauty of it. It doesn't happen often but there are days when there's no wind and it's not snowing. These are the days you really need to get some fresh air. The sun shines brightly, the snow rests gently on tree branches, and a few birds chirp happily. What better way to get some vitamin D than to enjoy nature?

Enjoy It

Winter is much easier to like if you learn to love winter activities. Skating is a great way to spend time with friends and have a conversation as you glide across the ice. If you don't know how to skate, lacing up and learning for the first time is a fun memory that you and your friends can share. One of my personal favourites is tobogganing. I love bundling up, sliding down an icy hill, and feeling the snow hit my face as I fly. Of course, there's also sports like hockey, snowboarding, and skiing to keep you occupied.

Overall, winter is not always the most enjoyable season but it has its perks. And when you're feeling down, sometimes all you need to do is  indulge your inner child and build a snowman.