February and March need our help. If we don’t help them, they seem to never help us. (At least, not in Canada and not in the prairies. The snow likely won’t melt before April and it won’t be awesome until May.)
We need strategies.
1. Light candles, light fires, light lamps. And as you do so, pause a moment and enjoy the brightness. Sometimes it isn’t the action, but the meaning we notice in it.
2. Try some ABBA. I can’t stay in a stinky mood if ABBA is on. Or play the music that is silly or energetic or cozy that always changes your mood.
3. Refuse to be cowed by winter. Get out there and do things. Sledding, skiing, snowshoeing, hiking. If it’s warmer in your deep freeze than outdoors, you can still hit public skating at the rink. Or read poetry about winter and enjoy someone else’s enjoyment. ;-)
4. Try new things: Listen to new music; Eat a new recipe every Saturday evening; Watch a movie from a country you’ve never visited; Take a class at a gallery, gym or community college.
5. Make something rewarding. Knitters and crocheters, now’s the time for big yarn. Bang out a fast, rewarding project that makes you feel like you’re winning at being cozy & productive. Paint a drippy watercolour and let the paint mixing in the puddles make you feel playful.
What are your coping strategies for this time of year?