Today is Groundhog Day, and Punxutawney Phil saw his shadow…six more weeks of winter.

Okay, he’s a rodent, not a meteorologist, but still, the thought that we might have even six more DAYS of winter is depressing. Then I started to think about ways to embrace the season. What could possibly be good about winter? Well, here are a few things…

1. Cooking can be awfully fun in the winter! Think big pots of chilis, soups, and stews that warm your belly! You can make a big pot on Sunday (like I do) and eat for the entire week! Add a loaf of crusty bread and a side salad and you’ve got a lovely dinner!

2. It’s easier to catch the sunrise. Every now and then, it’s nice to start your day with a brilliant sunrise. Think of how wonderful it would be if every day you started off in amazement and wonder about the fact that this bright ball in the sky comes out to warm us and give us light. It’s much easier to enjoy this spectacle at 7 am than 5:30 am!

3. You can skip a few showers! Hot water saps your skin of moisture, so in winter, you can skip a shower here and there and not feel so bad about it. You likely won’t be sweating as much, and you can give your skin a break. When you do shower, be sure to moisturize while your skin is still damp for maximum effectiveness.

4. You can let Mother Nature do the decorating…and the gardening! No mowing the lawn, weeding, or planting needed, and the snow will blanket your garden in a beautiful layer of white. You can take a break from working on the outside of your home, and maybe, that will give you the time to focus on projects inside the home.

5. You have an excuse to lounge around with a good book. Who doesn’t love curling up with a warm blanket, a hot cup of cocoa or tea, and a good book? We often feel guilty about doing this when the weather is “nice” because we feel we should be outside being productive. But pampering yourself and giving yourself time and permission to relax is important, and not unproductive at all! Steal away a little time on a stormy, snowy, icy afternoon to catch up on some good reading, and spend some quality time with yourself.

6. Despite the weather, make it a point to still get outside.
– Your vitamin D production takes a nosedive when the days are shorter; five to ten minutes of sun everyday will help.
– Walking is good for your mental health as well as your physical health, so try to get out for at least a 15 minutes walk each day (as long as it’s safe to do so).
– Be sure to wear the right clothes for the weather. A moisture-wicking inner layer (usually synthetic), an insulating middle layer (wool or fleece), and an outer layer (something waterproof) will do the trick!
– Your pooch would surely still like a walk, and some breeds really enjoy the snow!

If we do in fact get six more weeks of winter, try to enjoy them! Start the day being grateful to be alive, no matter what the weather. And until next time….

Veg in, don’t veg out!

Karen

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A Few Reasons NOT to Hate Winter!

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