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Thursday, September 12, 2024

Beat Those Winter Blues

If you’re anything like me, you prefer summer to winter. The winter months are too lifeless and cold for my liking. While I’ve mastered the art of anticipating summer, I’ve also come to realize that there are things I can do to keep myself sane in the winter.

Get Excited for Warm Weather

There’s nothing wrong with daydreaming. Once the holidays are over, the winter is a perfect time to plan fun summer activities. Fantasize over a warm, sunny day or think about going outside without a winter coat. Anticipating summer in a positive way will get you excited for the future.

Light a Scented Candle

I know it sounds simple, but it really does make a difference. You can find inexpensive, sweet smelling candles at a number of stores. Gather a few scents, such as “summer breeze” or “clean cotton”, and light them on a snowy day. Your home will smell like July in no time.

Take Advantage of the Cold

As much as I despise the cold, winter does have its benefits. Winter in Chicago can be beautiful. Appreciate the snow-covered trees from outside your window, and snuggle up on the couch with a warm blanket.

Knit or Crochet

These are perfect activities for the winter months. You can knit or crochet hats, scarves and gloves for yourself or for family members/close friends. It’s also a great way to pass the time. 

Go to the Movies

This one speaks for itself. No one wants to sit in a movie theater on a hot, sticky day. Take advantage of a warm setting, and go see that movie you’ve been dying to see.

Stay Active

It’s important to stay active socially, physically, mentally, and spiritually. Don’t let those winter months get the best of you. Stay in contact with friends and family, do a crossword puzzle, or read a good book.


Melanie Marzillo
Research & Community Education

Chicago Skilled Nursing
Chicago Senior Living

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