Beating the Winter Blues

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Eat Some Vitamin C

One of my favourite things to do is eat an orange or grapefruit and really think about the sun that warmed the fruit as it grew on the tree in Florida. I imagine that sun around me, on my shoulders and even in my body, as I eat the orange. Not only am I helping combat any oncoming colds and filling my body with something good, but I'm reminding myself on a cellular level that the sun is out there. I also love juicing oranges, blood oranges, tangerines and grapefruit for breakfast on the weekends.
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Wear Something Colourful


Adding a colourful scarf to your winter outfit or even wearing some  purple Chuck Taylors or red boots can change your whole attitude. I have a collection of soft, cosy scarves in my favourite colours and I wear one almost daily in winter. They just make me happy. 
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Look for the Beauty Around You

When the snow keeps falling or the sun hasn't come out in a few days, it can be easy to forget that there really is beauty outside your door. Whether you live in a city, out in the country or somewhere in between, take a few minutes to get outside and look for the beauty around you. Maybe you'll find the children in your neighbourhood have built a snowman or you'll find light glistening in unexpected places. Give yourself the gift of getting outside to see what you find and maybe even snap a photo or two.

Move Your Body

Sometimes when you are inside all day, you can simply forget to move your body - to stretch, to dance, to open your arms and move your shoulders and work out the kinks in your neck. Warm yourself up and get back into your body and heart by simply moving your body. Turn on a favourite song and dance it out. Get out your  yoga mat and stretch. You might even want to go to a yoga class for some connection. Notice what your body needs and move it.
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Look for Signs of Spring

Depending on where you live, this might be one you need to put in your back pocket for late February or early March, but I'm always amazed at the signs of spring that begin to appear in mid to late winter. Even when snow is still in the forecast, trees start to bud and the determined greens of the crocus start popping through. Take a walk around your neighbourhood or nearby park and see if you see any signs of spring. This could be something you do once a week to really notice the subtle signs as they appear.
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Make Your Own Spring

If you're rolling your eyes at me thinking, "There won't be signs of spring here until April," or if you just really would love some blooms in your life, bring spring inside. You could force some bulbs or buy some already blooming. My daughter and I have planted marigold and similar seeds inside just to watch them sprout and grow. She's only four so this little act feels like a big one to her, and the sprouts become a tangible reminder that spring will return.
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Give Into the Cosiness

The truth is that I actually really love the cosiness that winter brings, and some days I just let myself give into it by curling up with a book, a quilt and a cup of tea. I also like to choose a  crochet project to stitch in the evenings.  

Take a few moments today to think about how you can choose some of these activities and create your own list of ways to practice some self-care if winter is getting you down. For a few more ideas, check out my  "Beating the Winter Blues" collection.
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