The holidays are over, New Years has come and gone and it is exactly the middle of January. Right about now you might be starting to come down with a case of the winter time blues. It happens to the best of us, but don’t worry, we’ve got four tips to help you cure your blues fast.
1. It’s all in your mind…well kind of. Yes it’s cold outside, and possibly even grey and dreary looking, but instead of thinking of it in those terms think of it as cozy. Light a fire, light some candles, turn on music, bake cookies or simmer soup, curl up with a book and take a nap. Because of the extreme weather conditions in the Netherlands, the Dutch are some of the best in the world at making things cozy. They even have a word for it, “gezellig.” In English, it’s literally untranslatable because it means so much more than cozy. It encompases both the atmosphere around you and the feeling of warmth and togetherness – cozy on steroids.
2. Take up a hobby or take on a project. Could there be a better time to learn how to knit or tackle that massive pile of photos that has accumulated and needs sorting? Probably not. Start a book club, supper club, yoga club, even a secret society! Volunteer- doing something nice for someone else makes you feel good, and this time of year we need all the endorphines we can get.
3. Plan something. Even if it’s something small like an outing with friends or a weekend get away- plan something. Is there a city you’ve always wanted to visit, a party you’ve wanted to throw, a collaboration you’ve dreamed of? Now is the time to let your imagination run wild and do it.
4. Adopt an attitude of gratefulness. Did you know that it rains over 200 days a year in the Netherlands and the average temperature is 49 degrees? It’s true. Be thankful for what you’ve got. If there was no winter, spring wouldn’t be as sweet.