Every winter, it’s the same: you can’t seem to pull yourself out of the cold-weather funk. It’s not that you hate the snow or cuddling up by the fire. There’s just something gloomy about the long, dark days and permeating cold that make you feel . . . blah.
You don’t have to let the winter blues get to you—there are a lot of different ways to find joy in the darker months.
From winter cruises to filling your house with flowers to finding a warm escape, there are plenty of ways to perk up the doldrums and make the season something to look forward to. Here are a few tips for dealing with the blues this winter:
Book a Warm Vacation
One of the best ways to get a bit of sunshine in your life this season is by booking one of the many winter cruises available. Carnival Cruises and Norwegian Cruises go to all the hot spots, like Hawaii and the Caribbean. Once you decide to go and book a cabin, you can relax poolside on the ship, pick an on-shore excursion, or simply lie on the beach and let the sun beat the winter blues out of you.
If cruising isn’t your thing, hopping a flight with JetBlue will also bring you to a sunny spot. The airline offers complete vacation packages to all of its tropical, warm-weather destinations. Even if it looks as though you may not be able to take off for a while, just planning the trip and having it to look forward to is bound to warm your heart during winter.
Dress for the Weather
The temperature just dropped to six degrees—no wonder you can’t get yourself motivated. Imagine if you had a new jacket or pair of boots that made you excited to jump out into the snow. The footwear company Bogs makes many great pairs of sub-zero snow boots that not only look chic, but keep your toes really toasty. Check out its stylish Juno Tall Women Round Toe Synthetic Snow Boot.
For coats, you want to look for something that is water- and wind-proof, preferably long enough to reach mid-thigh and able withstand freezing temperatures. Don’t underestimate the power of really good long underwear, such as the Double Layer Thermal Pants from Bass Pro Shops. Also consider throwing a little color into your winter outerwear wardrobe. A bright hat or scarf can do wondrous things to elevate your mood among the dark hues, dark sky, and bitter cold.
Surround Yourself With Flowers
It’s hard to feel the winter blues when your house is decked out with fresh flowers. Order your favorites from 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, which sells everything from happy daisies to romantic roses to fragrant lilies, and place them in the rooms you frequent most. The company delivers right to your door, so you won’t even have to step outside.
While you’re at it, send some flowers to a loved one who also suffers from this seasonal malady—the gesture and the sunshine-brightness of a bouquet will surely make them smile.
If you don’t have much space for large floral arrangements in your house, you can also visit your local botanical garden and wander around the conservatory. Not only is the interior warm enough to shed that coat, but the rooms full of nature can make you forget the blistering storm raging outside the glass doors.