“Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” ~ Victor Hugo
I used to hate the winters here in Chicago. I still talk about them like I hate them because it makes for good comedy, me being from the Deep South where I did not even own a wool sweater! I am cold here in the winter. All of the time.
“How cold are you, Cherilynn?”
I get so cold at night I have to wear winter hats indoors.
My ex sister- in- law once exclaimed, “Are you going to sleep or are you going hunting?” when she saw me in all of my flannel gear. Exactly.
This cold-dark thing could kill a girl’s optimism, laughter and bounce. However, there is beauty and joy you CAN find in the winter. I decided one winter to find the upsides and to focus only on those to counter the winter blues. It worked. Here are the blues busters I recommend:
- Fill up on vitamin D and get sunlight however you can. I often get dressed in winter warrior wear and go for walks down by the lake. This ensures I get at least 15-20 minutes of sunshine. If you are indeed a seasonal affective disorder person, get one of those lights and let me know if it works. I have heard it does.
- Catch up on your reading or listen to fun music. If you don’t already have a winter listening list, make one. Fill it with upbeat music that has felt good from years past. You will smile.
- Use the yuckiness outside to accomplish something inside you have been procrastinating. Clean a closet; organize the garage. Do not wait for motivation. Just do it. You will feel so good afterward.
- Notice the beauty. Just because you have been told that cold, dark days are bad doesn’t make them so. There is beauty in the soft flakes of the first rain/snow. The world gets so quiet when the snow is cushioning sound. The trees stand tall and strong with their dark trunks, without the fluff of leaves blocking them. There are a few bird “hold-outs” that occasionally can be seen. Aren’t their stories intriguing? My sons and I go on architecture walks in the winter, and we try to pick out interesting details on all the houses and stores that we ordinarily run past.
- Enjoy activities you normally enjoy in the summer. I love swinging in the park with my kids.
Have you ever read the story by Ray Bradbury called All Summer In A Day? It is a book about a little girl named Margot who only gets to see the sun for a few minutes in her lifetime. However, the bullies decide to lock her in a closet at school when the sun finally shines. She never gets to see it. Poor thing. Find that sun.
Here’s an album by George Winston specifically for the winter. Enjoy.