How to Deal with the Winter Blues

Wintertime always seems to be connected to spending a lot of time indoors compared to summer, and the lack of vitamin D can actually cause people to feel blue. In my evolutionary psychology class, we learned about melanin and how our skin absorbs the UVb light from the sun, and our body creates vitamin D. This is why summertime is seen more of a happy, energetic season. Really, when I think of winter, I imagine lots of pretty snow, but very cold and very lazy (especially in Canada, we have had two huge snowstorms this week alone).

For today, I decided to give my fellow bloggers a few tips and tricks to get through the long, cold days of snow season.

  1. Keep warm and cozy while indoors! 

There is nothing worse than coming home from a freezing walk outside, and your house being cold and dreary. I love to decorate my little apartment with different types of Christmas lights (all white bulbs), as well as lots of picture frames on my walls of warm scenic views, and soft, fuzzy blankets for each couch!

       2. Find an exciting TV series to follow

For those days where boredom hits and there’s nothing to do, why not turn on the Netflix and catch up on an action-packed show? I recommend Stranger Things, Orphan Black, and Wentworth. (Also Prison Break is coming back soon for any of you Scofield/Burrows fans).

       3. Bake a cake!

Or any kind of sweets! What is better that the smell of chocolate chip cookies filling your kitchen, and wafting through the whole house? Um… nothing? These two recipes for snicker-doodles and no-bake cheesecake will keep you happy, and full for days.

        4. Put down your phone and pick up a book

Yes, that’s right. A book. Anything to immerse yourself into a different world, and get lost for a few hours. I love to read anything that makes me feel like I’m the protagonist of the story line. Right now, my book of the month is The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling). I also highly recommend Daring Greatly by Brene Brown, and the Humans of New York series.

        5. Host a gathering with friends

Whether it be a potluck full of delicious foods and desserts, or a games night consisting of Cards Against Humanity, and Katan (please play, best game ever). Being around close friends and family will help relieve any blues you experience and bring lots of happiness and laughter instead.

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        6. GET OUTSIDE!!

Lastly, don’t be a full hermit. Yes, it’s fine to stay inside and get things done, whether it’s cleaning or even studying. But your body still needs that vitamin D in the wintertime. And though vitamin supplements give you the amount necessary to function, nothing beats good old fashioned sunshine. There are so many wonderful, fun activities that involves being outdoors. Many cities have huge hills for sledding, public skating, snowball fights, shoveling, skiing, etc. So just get outside once in awhile!!!

Though the list is small, it has surely helped me beat some of the blues. A few other quick tips include joining a gym/yoga studio, working out at home, planning a trip for the summertime, and just keeping yourself busy!

Sunny days are right around the corner, we can do it!

Making the Change

Every year I tell myself that “this” is my year. That this year I’m gonna cry rainbows and get really fit, and healthy, and become who I have always pictured myself as. I will save thousands of dollars, become a successful writer, and meet my future, perfect husband. And yet… every year ends up the same. Me, still a child, ending up on my couch eating chocolate cake and watching 13 Going on 30 *forever alone*.

But doesn’t one of these years have to be my year? I mean, everyone has their “year”, don’t they? Where they accomplish a ton of things, check a lot off places their bucket list or even just eat better and get active. Hell, if you worked hard enough every year can be your year. And I guess that’s what I’m trying to get at, is that I’m going to make this MY YEAR.

You saw it here first, folks! I’m about to make 2017 my betch. And how will I do this, you ask? What is my secret? Honestly… I’m still trying to figure that out. Whether I start working out and stick with it, or finally learn how to meal plan after many failed attempts, I will conquer a few things to push myself towards the person I can see myself being.

I’m tired of being a couch potato, and lazy, and sleepy. I’m tired of not feeling the best about my body, or how I look and feel. I’m tired. But I feel like I’m finally starting to wake up.

I’m finally starting to move in the direction my life needs to go, and I’m finally starting to wake up.

Is My Favourite Number Naughty or Nice?

Alright, first of all… how cheesy is that title?

I was literally chuckling to myself as I typed that out.

Any-who, let’s make it more obvious than it already is. My favorite number is 69!

“LOL you naughty minx”…“whoa cowgirl calm down”…“so inappropriate”

Whatever some may say, this number actually is said to have a huge significance to it!

For months on end, the only number I saw on my phone battery seemed to be at 69 percent. Or at least more than all the other numbers from 1-100. And for some reason, every time I saw it displayed by the bar of battery juice left, I felt a source of comfort. In search of some higher power source, I googled “what is the meaning of the number 69”, and found some pretty cool information!

The first thing that popped up was “Angel Numbers” on Sacred Scribe. They say that the number 69 is an actual message from your angels saying “that it is time to detach yourself from your material possessions and items, particularly if you have an obsession with anything in particular”.

I am human, so of course I have made mistakes and lots of lessons learned. Some that I have felt would never come to an end. But there was a small comfort in seeing that number all the time. With my mom passing by the time I was almost 4 years old, I always knew and felt she was still around.

This special (but naughty in context) number made me feel that she is sending me a message each day saying, “relax… you’re okay… you’ll get through this”. And I really do believe that she is still around, watching over my family. But my lovely mother has always been my guardian angel, and lucky for me I get a funny favorite number out of it too!