7 Simple Ways to Make the Most of Winter

7 Simple Ways to Make the Most of Winter

Use these ideas to keep your mood elevated — even on the coldest, darkest days.


Winter can feel like a dreary time of year, but just changing your perspective can help make it a season full of fun the entire family can enjoy.

Start a New Tradition
Revive your cold-weather routine by establishing a new tradition, such as a family movie night. With instantly streaming online services, you can watch a variety of new, family-friendly movies without even leaving the house! Choose a movie, pop popcorn and curl up under your comfiest covers.

Lighten Up
Shorter days mean fewer hours of natural sunlight, so you'll no doubt have to work a little harder to get your daily dose of sunshine. Get out for lunch and enjoy a brisk walk. You might have to bundle up, but the feel of the sun will surely brighten your day in more ways than one.

Keep Yourself Busy
Put together photo albums or finally clean out the attic. It doesn't matter what task you take on — just stay busy doing it! You'll hardly notice the winter blahs as they pass you by.

Turn Up the Tunes
One way to keep your spirits high is to make your mood match your music. If you want to feel energized, listen to upbeat music. A simple change in tune selection can have you marching to the beat of a different drummer.

Get Away From it All
If you feel your spirits need a lift, plan a getaway. Even if it's just for the weekend, arranging a mini-escape will give you something to look forward to.

Feel Good with Fitness
Even though it's the season of baggy pants and oversized sweaters, you'll feel better — both physically and mentally — if you keep up with your regular workouts. Take this opportunity to break out that yoga mat or join a class at the gym. Releasing endorphins will keep your spirits bright through the chilly months.

Be Positive
Determine what bugs you about winter and find a way to make the most of it. If it's the nonstop snow, have a snowball fight. By taking a negative and turning it into a positive, you can change your outlook toward the situation. So when life throws you a snowstorm, make a snowman!

Do you have any surefire ways to lift your spirits during the winter? Let us know in the comments section below!

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