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What To Do When There Are Too Many Gray Days

Updated on August 9, 2011
Sleeping as a great way to spend an hour on a gray cold winter day.
Sleeping as a great way to spend an hour on a gray cold winter day.

How to be Happy in Winter Climates.

The days are longer and your energy seems to wane with the short daylight hours. All is not lost, however. In my personal research to stay happy and motivated I’ve found some things that can actually be helpful. Here are some Energy Healing suggestions that have helped me be happy in winter.

NESTING. I call it nesting and others call it hibernating. Winter is the perfect time for pulling out those arts and crafts, sewing projects, crocheting and my personal favorite baking pies for my friends. (No need in putting the calories on my hips just because I enjoy baking) Also, spend time in your sun room. When the sun comes out, get out and enjoy it whether it’s sitting in a sun beam or taking a brisk walk. This will boost your immune system as well as give you the vitamin D to make you happy. Oh and just because it’s winter time you’ll need sun screen. I’ve seen skiers with sunburn.

SLEEP. Sometimes sleep is too easy to do since the darkness spends more time with us. Take advantage of the long dark nights by going to bead early and allowing the sun to rise you from slumber. 6.5 hours to 8. Sleep closer to the 8 hour time. Don’t fight nature on this one. Some evenings my sister and I take a short walk and hour before bed. I sleep deep those nights without interruption.

STAY WARM. Hot cider. Herbal tea or any Winter tea. Hot chocolate. Snuggies. All these things say happy winters to me. Regular exercise keeps your blood flowing which keeps you warm. Try something different like Tai Chi, Kick Boxing at your local recreation center or my personal favorite Salsa dancing.

EAT HAPPY FOODS. You’ve heard the saying, “you are what you eat”. Eating your veggies and proteins are important but in the winter time you want to distance yourself from eating them raw and reduce your salt intake. In the winter your better choices for types of vegetables high in iron content like spinach, walnuts, kale, squash. Seeds like sesame and sunflower are good. A warm bowl of oatmeal will be a better choice for breakfast than a cold bowl of cereal. Get out your crock pot and make some soups to keep you happy throughout winter. Drink plenty of water from your Water Filtration System.

HIBERNATE. In the winter months nature goes to sleep to restore it’s energy and rejuvenate in the spring. As humans we need to take it easy too. Unplug and unwind. Can you have a no technology day a week? Too much? How about a half a day where you don’t answer the phone or watch television. Take this YOU to lighten your stress and do a relaxing activity you enjoy alone.

There is much you can do to increase your happiness in the long winter months. Doing less is key and what you have to do, do correctly.


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      Breen Bergstrome 6 years ago

      Hey Carlon,

      You must make a trip here sometime as this is one of the most ancient and beautiful locations in the world, much still pristine, but constantly under threat by the lumber industry. Vancouver Island off the B.C. mainland is home to Canada's earliest and most prestigious first nations peoples, the Haida. Thankfully native culture is gaining increasing notoriety, and aboriginal cultures all over BC are being revitalized by children again learning from their elders..

      Most of the land of the city I live in is native owned, given illegally to white immigrants during the early 1900's.

      Ah yes,back to the weather.

      The only real gripe of the rain, is when it's accompanied by just above freezing temperatures..there's little joy in being out in it, and no comfort when you can't see the environment around you for the low cloud.

      Would I move? Not a chance.

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      Carlon Michelle 6 years ago from USA

      Thanks for the complement on my name. I'm quite fond of it myself. I totally agree about the sunny days making up for the gray days. I am amoung the fortunate that don't get depressed from gray days or rainy days. Rain forest sounds like an absolutely delightful place to livev. Smile!

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      Breen Bergstrome 6 years ago

      Good morning Carlon...

      Great name incidently.

      Forecast of rain every day for the rest of February..that's typical here; the North West Coastal Rain Forest says it all!

      It's a matter of if you can't stand it you have to move.

      However, when the sun does return more often, the world opens up and bursts with life and colour.

      Worth suffering through the long gray of winter.

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      Turkic 6 years ago

      What To Do When There Are Too Many Gray Days?

      Very good question! Hub is very interesting

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      Carlon Michelle 6 years ago from USA

      Humm, cuddling one of my favorites too. Glad you mentioned it. Smile!

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Nice tips. I like to do all of these on gloomy cold days. Oh and also, the winter is a good cuddling time! :)