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Staying Invigorated During The Winter Months
Doing what you most enjoy inside the house is about the only thing you can do in winter.
I live in Michigan in the great ol' US of A. It gets cloudy and cold up here. It can last for up to six months. You've got to think of ways to bring the brightness of spring and summer into your life during this questionable time. I can't even begin to think about the people that live in Alaska. All that complete darkness for so long every year.
With that said I must say that it is hard to stay motivated, inspired, optimistic, and goal oriented during the winter months. It's cold. Burrrrrrrrrrrrrr! You must dress in layers. That's a given. This is so you'll stay warm and you'll be able to take some off if you end up in a hot building. 'Cause it seems you live building to building as they say in Michigan's Upper Peninsula where it's way below freezing much of the time, and there's ten feet of snow piled up on the side of the road during the winter.
The first thing that comes to mind when I think about being caged in during the winter, is smells. I want to see, smell, and eat fresh fruits: lemon; lime; mango, kiwi, orange; strawberry, melon, cherry and pineapple. Anything that brings me back to a warmer and more fruitful season is great. I like to use special mists, or candles to achieve these scents. I once went to the greatest scent mixing store anywhere. It was in Durhan, NC. We went in there for my neice's birthday. Everyone made their own scent. You could get it as a roll-on, a spray, or a liquid or a cream. I created a scent with pineapple, orange and coconut. It reminded me of a suntan oil that I had once. It was invigorating. What a scent. It just takes you to a sandy beach with soft sand, blue waters, and open skies.
A great place to get some of the scents I've talked about, is the health food store. They have little viles of different scents and flavors. They have the kind that are edible, so you don't have to worry about putting it on your skin. Otherwise a nice citrus spray from your local store would suffice.
Next, have your summer photo album available at all times. You can do this on the computer if you choose. Maintain an area for summer keepsakes. Make sure you can see this every day.
You can even have a little sandbox that some Eastern philosophies condone for relaxation. You know, the kind that you use a little rake to design the sand. And, that you put little things in. Like, I had a little Budda, a Christmas tree, shells, rocks, and Wiley Coyote. There can be rocks that said "peace," "hope," "love," "dream," "celebrate" too.
Another thing you can do is get dressed for the weather the way it is right now. Then you can venture out if need be, or if you just want to feel that you can go out if you want to for any reason. So you're there dressed and so you don't have to turn up the heat, and so you're ready to go outside in fifteen degree weather. You can also pack extra coats, boots, hat, gloves, rock salt, sand, and shovels in your trunk in case of emergencies. This makes you feel more relaxed going out in the frozen tundra.
Do go out though. It's necessary to maintain your sanity. You feel caged up after awhile up North in the winter. So go places close to home, but where you might have friends, so you feel less isolated. Join clubs. Enroll in classes. Get mani-pedis with your friends. Do whatever you can to make it seem like life does go on, even if the roads aren't great and you wonder if you're going to get where you're going.
If you can afford it, go somewhere hot. Somewhere where you know it'll be really hot. A complete change from where you're leaving from. Bathing suit weather. Suntan time.
Do what you can to remind yourself of summer during the winter. Do whatever it takes. It may be that that spritz of scent in the morning may take you through your day, or it may take an actual plane ride somewhere, but whatever... See. Smell. Visit. Just remember spring is always on it's way.