How to Beat the Winter Blues

I’ve lived in Canada almost a decade. That’s a long time. I’ve settled right into life here. I enjoy the slower, friendlier pace of life. There is one thing, and dare I say, a pretty big thing, that I hate – winter!

The great white north – Canada – was granted this name for a reason. It is so cold and snowy here! I live in Toronto, almost as far south as you can go and still be in Canada and it’s still freezing for a solid 5 months of the year.

It’s hard to say you love a place when there is a large piece about it that I HATE – such a strong word. So I started thinking, how do I change my mindset about winter? I’m a pretty positive person; I tend to see the glass half full most of the time, so it was time to apply this to winter.

I don’t enjoy the bitter cold and the layers required to go outside. I hate being confined inside for that period of time – vitamin d!! I hate cleaning snow off of my car and wondering if I’ll ever feel my fingertips again after being outside for 5 minutes. You get it – winter’s awful.

However, as I was standing in front of the stove making soup last week it occurred to me that there are a lot of cold weather activities I do enjoy. I decided a list was in order. Create a list of five things I enjoy about winter and its cooler… freezing weather.

Here it is… I was nervous I couldn’t come up with five things, but I did, I even included a bonus one!

  1. Eating soup – I do it everyday for five months. I LOVE soup
  2. Snuggles – summer is too hot for long snuggles with my husband and sons, winter is perfect
  3. Hot coco – I’m not a coffee drinker, I live on tea year round, but winter is for hot coco.
  4. Sledding – love it, never too cold, take me to the hill!
  5. Boots – my boot collection has grown exponentially since moving to Canada and I do love pulling them out and putting them to good use in the cooler months.
  6. Cottaging – my husband’s family has a cottage two hours north of Toronto. It’s open year round. In the winter it’s a fairyland, clean fluffy snow, heavy trees covered in a white blanket, snow shoeing, cross country skiing, sledding, snow man building, a winter paradise.

Mindset – winter is all about mindset… and the proper gear. If winter has you down try putting together your own top 5 or 6 list about what you love and look forward to as the temperature drops. Tape it on your bathroom mirror and don’t take it down until the May long weekend!

Happy Organizing!