Goodbye Bleak Midwinter, Hello Winter Wonderland

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Winter can be dark, bleak, dull, cold, and cheerless. After Christmas, the months before spring seem endless. The instinct is to hibernate and hide away until the days lengthen and it becomes a little warmer. But this often increases the dull factor. Instead, embrace this time, and make the most of it. 

Embracing Winter

There are many things fun we can do in winter that are not possible during the summer months. 

Go on long snowy walks and come home to steaming mugs of hot chocolate

Build a snowman, make snow angels, and go sledding

Make hearty stews and casseroles for candlelit suppers and find healthy foods to sustain you

Get your Hygge on and make your home into a cozy haven

Watch Netflix marathons with your other half; you won’t feel guilty that you’re missing out on the sunshine

Sit in front of a roaring log fire

Read about winter wonderlands or dark, gothic romances

Stay in bed late at the weekends, drink coffee, and read the papers

Wear your fave hats and scarves

Prepare For Spring

Use this time to prepare for the lighter, warmer months. Think about areas you want to improve and work on them. In some ways, exercise can be easier at winter, especially if you hate feeling hot and sweaty. So, if you want to lose a few pounds then now is as good a time as any. 

It’s also a good time to take care of your skin. You may be feeling a little worse for wear after the holiday season and in need of a little detox. Getting this out of the way now will stand you in good stead for the summer months when you can’t hide behind layers of clothes and scarves. 

Sometimes there are areas that we just can’t change, no matter how hard we work at our diet and exercise. Fortunately, they can be addressed by simple, non-invasive cosmetic procedures such as liposculpture. Again, winter is a good time to address this. If you’re considering cosmetic changes, you can learn about liposculpture from reputable practitioners, and by carrying out some online research. 

Take A Vacation

To get away from the relentless rain and dull days, why not take a short vacation? If you’re yearning for some sun, there are many winter sun destinations only a short plane ride away. Or, embrace the very best of winter and seek out the snow. Enjoy skiing, snowboarding, or simply watching the days go by in a beautiful snowy location. 

Learn Something New

When summer arrives, there’s always so much to do. There are trips to the beach, sunbathing, late evening drinks, BBQs, etc. It’s hard to pack it all in, and there’s little time for anything else. Therefore, winter is a good time to learn something new. If there’s an area at work where you don’t feel confident, you want to boost your resume, or you just fancy something a bit different, now is the time to do it. Enroll at a local college or look for free online courses.

Winter is cold and dark; there’s no getting away from that. But it needn’t be dull. Spend your time wisely and make the most of these months. Who knows, next year you might even look forward to it.

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