Louisiana has somehow managed to (for the most part) skip winter until yesterday. It started sleeting, and the roads were horrible, and I understand that people in the north have to deal with snow and all that madness, but down south, we really don’t know what to do about it. We don’t expect sleet or icy roads, and when there’s even a hint of it, everything pretty much shuts down.
The icy weather has me in a bit of a funk because I feel like I should be out in the world doing things. I’m due for a phone upgrade, and I wanted to go get a new phone after work yesterday. Speaking of work, I’m working on a project, and that’s been put to a bit of a halt since the sales team was sent home yesterday. I’ve been wanting to go shopping, and I’m never in the mood to go shopping, so I’m sure the feeling will pass. I’m also sure my bank account will be happy.
I say all that to say I need to pull myself out of it. I think two paragraphs of complaining will do. This is Endless Bliss after all. One of my favorite quotes ever is this one by Marilyn Monroe:
Here are a few ways for you to wash (or defrost) away the winter blues:
// WRITE IT OUT
What’s bothering you (aside from the gross weather)? Whatever it is, get it down on paper. If you keep a journal, write it all down there. If you don’t keep a journal, get out your laptop and start a Word document or get out a blank sheet of paper and let your frustrations flow out of you. You don’t even have to keep the paper. You can ceremoniously delete it off of your hard drive or burn it or shred it and let the pieces fly through the wind. Whichever method you choose, writing it all out can help you feel better.
// GET LOST IN A BOOK
This is my favorite thing to do when I’m feeling blue, because getting lost in a good book is the best temporary escape from reality. Whether you choose a new book, a classic, or your faithful old favorite, take out your most comfy blanket and let yourself get lost in a book and escape from your troubles.
// TALK TO A FRIEND
Sometimes, all we need is a good rant session. Call up your best friend or your closest sibling or your significant other or your dog and just talk it out. When I’m frustrated about something, I like to warn the person that I’m not looking for a solution; I just want to express myself. Who in your life is a good listener? Get together with them and just talk it out. You’ll feel much better.
// INDULGE IN SOME COMFORT FOOD
I love to let my woes disappear with some sushi, Chinese food, or Ghirardelli milk chocolate sea salt and almond squares. Even if you’re on a diet, change your cheat day if you have to. Sometimes, a little comfort food will go a long way and help you feel better.
// HAVE A DRINK
My drink of choice is a nice glass of bubbly moscato. Allow yourself to indulge in your drink of choice, whether it’s hot cocoa, a fruit smoothie, vodka soda, or a reliable cup of Joe. Let the drink flow through you and feel your winter blues melt away.
// HAVE A NETFLIX MARATHON
…or just a movie/TV show marathon in general. Get lost in your favorite TV show or watch all eight Harry Potter movies back-to-back. Watch a string of comedy movies or your favorite FRIENDS episodes (that’s what I’m currently doing). Watching TV is a great way to distract yourself from the frightful weather.
// SHAKE IT OFF
In true Taylor Swift fashion, shake your troubles away. Blast your favorite tunes, dance around the room, sing at the top of your lungs, and just forget about it.
What are your favorite ways to fight the winter blues?