I think it’s safe to say (at least in my part of the world) that we are getting a bit tired of winter. We are above average for snow for this season. I read that the ‘average’ snowfall for March was something like 5 inches, and by March 3rd, we had 4.3 inches already. The temperatures have been colder for longer periods of time. While this is a normal winter as remembered by some older friends, it’s been a while since we’ve had a real winter and it is really wearing on me and those I know.
Staying inside until May isn’t possible, no matter how great it sounds. I’m keeping sane and taking comfort in a few of my favorite things and routines. I can’t list all of them, of course, but here are my top 5 favorites.
1. Fuzzy socks!
I love my fuzzy sock collection. When my feet are chilly, my entire body gets chilly and I’m a miserable woman. My sock collection has definitely increased this winter – and I have no complains about that!
Watching the snow fall from my favorite chair, while wearing my fuzzy socks and drinking a cup of tea is a great thing. We treated ourselves to a Keurig for Christmas 2013. It makes tea creation easy as pie and is getting a lot of use.
3. Special projects with a personal meaning.
It’s not realistic to hibernate from December until May, unfortunately. I have work to accomplish, friends and family to visit with and places to go. Photography is a love of mine, and why I started my photography business. As you may guess, I take a lot of pictures for my business. Being busy is great and I have no complaints, but I make time to pursue ‘fun’ photography, for myself, like my skeleton series. You can check out the pictures I’ve taken so far here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/photography_by_natalie/sets/72157640066090954/ . To keep it fun and spontaneous, I am only using my cell phone for pictures.
Isn’t it funny, while we are young, we fight taking naps, we argue to stay up later, we don’t take opportunities to rest and recharge even if they are abundant. We go go go. And the years pass, and we grow up. Then, oftentimes, we want nothing more than to take a nap, go to bed early and truly see the benefit of a full nights sleep. I don’t always have time for a nap but when the opportunity to take one presents itself, I am not as likely to turn it down as I was in my 20s.
Laughter truly energizes us. It lowers our blood pressure and gives us a workout for various parts of our body and muscles in addition to a bunch of other benefits. Take time each day to find something laugh worthy. It improves my outlook, energizes me and keeps me motivated. Even better is laughing with friends and family.
Is the winter dragging for you? What do you do to recharge?