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Top 5 Favorite: Ways to Enjoy Winter

It's that time of year when the days are short, the nights are long, and it can be very cold outside. Living in the Pacific Northwest, we already get less sunlight than a lot of other places, so when the days also begin to begin to shorten, it can be difficult to stay cheerful.

In the last few years hygge (basically the Danish idea of getting cozy) has become popular in the U.S. This is something the Danes practice all year, but it is something Americans can use as a tool especially during the cold, dark months. Over the last few years, I have combined some of the hygge ideas with my own to make the winter months a little more enjoyable.

!. Candles

There is nothing better than soft candlelight on a cold winter's evening. And if you're so inclined, you can get a candle in a scent that you love to make it even more enjoyable. I personally love anything that smells like a forest this time of year. Here are some good ones: Yankee Candle Balsam and Cedar, Sweet Water Décor Warm and Cozy, Soap and Paper Factory Roland Pine Candle

2. Exercise

I know, I know. When it's cold and dark, the last thing you want to do is put on workout clothes and sweat. But there is nothing that keeps me feeling cheerful like working out most days of the week. If I skip a few days, I always feel worse. Start slow and do something you enjoy or at least do something you don't hate. Tell yourself you'll try it for a week and then see if you feel better.

3. Fresh Air

I struggle with this the most because when I'm inside and I'm already a little bit cold, I do not want to go outside where it is even colder. Luckily we have a dog that is annoying about needing a walk every day, so that usually gets me outside. And I'm always glad that I got a little fresh air, even if it's only for ten minutes. You can also open your windows for ten minutes a day. When we lived in Germany we noticed many people air out their house every day even in the middle of winter.

4. Hot Drinks

Whether you only drink coffee, only drink tea, only drink hot toddies or you're like me and can never turn down any hot drink, find something warm to drink that you love. It is such a nice, simple thing to do for yourself when it's cold outside. And the act of making your hot drink in a favorite mug can be soothing. Right now I am enjoying three or four cups of hot tea every day. Here are some of my favorites: Harney and Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice, Twinings Earl Grey, Numi Golden Chai

5. Your Attitude

I debated about adding this one because it can be so eye-rollingly annoying, but it really is important. Go into this time of year telling yourself you'll cut yourself a little slack and hibernate a bit. You'll spend a little more time with friends and family, and less time working. Give yourself permission to light some candles, sit by the fire, and cuddle up in a blanket with a good book. Slow down a bit and enjoy this time of year.

Warm Wishes for the Season,


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