Although winter can be snowy and magical, it’s easy to start feeling a little blah during the coldest months of the year. Post-holiday fun and pre-spring sun, if you’re not able to get away for a beach vacation in between things can start to feel gloomy. Here are some ideas for ways to beat the winter blues and boost your mood on those days when the shorter, darker, colder winter days seem sad. Because when you feel good you’re able to stay motivated for achieving all your New Year’s resolutions for happiness, so all the good vibes continue to compound.
During the holidays we get to see our loved ones and spend quality time with our favorite people, but once everyone goes back to school, work and life obligations, it can be easy to isolate yourself without even realizing it. Before you know it, you haven’t entertained in months. But hosting your crew doesn’t need to be complicated. Invite a small group of friends over for boards and booze—cheese boards, charcuterie boards, adult board games, and cocktails. Low key and easy to put together, there’s no cooking required. We love the cozy, casual setup Amber Venz Box from VENZEDITS created using our Novel Outdoor Furniture Collection for simple entertaining. An evening of laughter with friends is a perfect way to beat the winter blues.
Turn up the volume. Literally. When you start to feel down, pump up your mood by blasting a playlist that’s impossible not to get excited about. Not sure where to start? The creative people at Apartment Therapy have already helped us out with a list of 21 Spotify playlists for every mood, including when you need a boost. Who knows, a spontaneous dance party may even happen. Wherever this stori goes, it’s up to you. Do what you need to do to increase your happiness levels. Get loud and get moving. The neighbors may judge you, but we won’t.
One of the best ways to beat the winter blues is to get outside. This may sound crazy since winter days can be downright cold and miserable, but time spent outdoors is actually what we end up missing out on most during this time of year. The Norwegians, who are pros at successfully surviving long winters, say there’s no bad weather, only inadequate clothing. With this sage advice in mind, we say bundle up adequately and get outside. Go exploring and soak up whatever amount of sun you’re able to find.
If you can’t bring yourself to take a nature walk or go for a run, grab an extremely warm blanket (extra points if your blanket is weighted) and get cozy on your patio. Whoever says you can’t enjoy your outdoor space during cold months hasn’t experienced our Novel Outdoor Furniture Collection. Cozy and comfortable, Novel features plush cushions that are perfect for sinking into with a warm blanket on a cold day. The all-weather HDPE wicker that’s been hand-woven around a tubular aluminum frame is incredibly durable, and the resilient Sunbrella® covered cushions are removable for easy cleaning. Take a note from Lynsey at Tomboy KC and treat yourself to seasonal citrus, preferably in the form of mimosas, and all around coziness. Winter blues don’t stand a chance.