LIFE IS: Snowy
Winter is awesome! When we see that thermostat dip below 50, we know it means upcoming holidays, feasts, family time, snow, New Years, and merriment. But let’s face it, by the time mid-January rolls around, winter loses a bit of its glow and we are all just counting down the days until spring. It’s cold, icy, and you don’t want to leave your warm house for any reason other than work and errands.
But (as you probably predicted I was going to tell you) you need to leave your warm, cozy house. Staying cooped up for three months isn’t good for your health and can lead to conditions such as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Some people go into somewhat of a hibernation state, putting tasks and life goals off until the weather warms. I know I can be guilty of this. The best way to fight off the stagnation is simply to get up, get out, and move.
Going outside doesn’t have to be a chore; there are so many fun reason to venture into the snow that northerners especially have the lucky opportunity to take advantage of. Skiing, snowboarding, and ice skiing are all the adrenaline rush you’ll need to keep warm! Wrap your dog in a doggie jacket and take them for a longer walk, they need it too! Build a snowman or have a snowball fight with the kids. Try your hand at ice fishing. Rent a snowmobile! The possibilities for winter fun are almost endless considering we only have precious few months to take advantage of them.
Be sure to bundle up warm, dress in layers, and drink plenty of water. If you go walking or jogging, wear appropriate socks and shoes and keep a strict eye out for ice. Don’t forget one of the best parts about spending time outside in the winter: getting to come back inside and feeling the icicles melt from your hair as you curl up next to a heater with a hot drink.