Once the holidays are over, you have quite a bit of winter left to deal with before spring makes its appearance. For most people, especially those who live in cold climates, winter is long. In fact, according to American Family Physician, between 4 and 6 percent of people have winter depression, while 10 to 20 percent have seasonal affective disorder. A lot of cases of SAD can be chalked up to a lack of sunlight – days are shorter, it’s too cold to spend a lot of time outside, and when people do go outside, they’re all covered up! Many people use light therapy to cheer themselves up over the winter, but some at home pampering can also go a long way. Here are a few ways you can take pamper yourself for the rest of the winter:
Get Enough Sleep
Do you ever notice how things just seem worse when you’re tired? People seem more annoying, and your commute seems to take even longer than usual. Avoid having your winter blues enhanced from a lack of rest, by making sure you get at least seven hours of sleep each night. Sure, you might have to cut your nightly Netflix binge a little short, but you’ll be happy about it in the morning.
The ultimate way to ensure you get quality rest is to practice good sleep hygiene. Make your bedroom a place for sleeping – not working – so your brain immediately enters sleep mode once you get into bed. Keep your room cool and dark, and eliminate anything that can disrupt your sleep. A white-noise machine is a great way to drown out radiators or street sounds.
Buy Fresh Flowers
Though it can be pretty depressing to look outside and see that the trees are empty, you can bring some cheer to your home by adorning it with live plants and fresh flowers. Teleflora’s Be Happy bouquet is a great addition to your entryway, greeting you with a big happy smile. Try ordering a new bouquet from Teleflora every few weeks, so you don’t even have to battle the elements to get your fresh-flower fix. They’re delivered right to your door and always in a vase or keepsake container – never in a box.
You can keep plants just about everywhere in your home – even in your bathroom if the plant is a tropical one. Caring for a plant and watching it grow and thrive is such a satisfying feeling, especially in the winter!
Learn A New Skill
Taking the time to learn something new is a great way to occupy your mind. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to sew or write calligraphy – this is the perfect time to do it! You can make the winter even more enjoyable by learning something seasonal. Try knitting a cozy blanket to cuddle with on the couch or a scarf to keep warm when you need to go outside. You can try your hand at cooking or baking your favorite comfort foods. If you like taking baths to wind down, you can even learn how to make your own flower bath bombs that only contain your very favorite scents!
Take A Small Trip
Most of us can’t just pack up for a spontaneous vacation, but there are plenty of things you can do for just a weekend to break your monotonous routine. Consider taking a weekend trip to the next state or county over just to check out a city you’ve never been to. If you don’t have the means for a hotel or Airbnb at such short notice, consider visiting your nearest large city with a partner, your best friend, or your kids. Treat yourself to a day at a museum and a nice dinner. You deserve it!