Monday, January 30, 2012

Beating Winter Blues

By Katie

I live in a climate that most would not consider very wintry. The temperature here is supposed to reach the low 70s by this afternoon and I'm looking out my window at the bright sunlight beaming across my backyard. Growing up in the Midwest, people often ask me if I miss the snow. Um, no. Not even a little bit. I enjoy it in small doses when I visit my family around the holidays but so far that lack of "four seasons" from living in Florida has not disturbed me much.

A sunny view helps but isn't always enough
Still, lately I have found myself with a case of the "winter blues." I remember having the same feelings when I lived up north and knew it would be months before I could walk to the coffee shop without my coat, hat, scarf, mittens and industrial strength snow boots. It feels sort of like a season of limbo -- with the holidays behind me and the excitement of spring and summer still a few months ahead.

In my life, the start of March launches a huge series of birthdays, anniversaries and other holidays (Mother's Day, Easter) that culminate in June. So the period of time between the traditional holiday season and the second round of family holidays tends to get me a down a bit. Add in the fact that I am gaining weight weekly, need a haircut desperately and am sort of just "waiting" to hear back on several writing opportunities and I feel rather blah lately.

So today I spent a few bucks at CVS on Aveeno Tinted Moisturizer and some new face wash. Later this week, I plan to get a haircut -- even if it is just a quick trim that costs me $20 or less.I want to clean out a few cupboards in my kitchen as well and start to get better organized for my little girl due in May. The combination seems just right for beating the winter blues, based on my personality.

So, I wonder, what things do you do when you reach that point in the winter when you never want to change out of your sweat pants? Leave a comment!


  1. I think it's time for a haircut for myself, too. Always helps me feel better!

  2. A glass of wine -good one- with a friend.


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