A confession: February is my least favourite month of the year.
Why? The holidays are gone but the credit card bills for all those presents, food and parties are still within view. The glistening white blanket of snow that lent its magic to December nights looks noticeably greyer. The roads are lined in slush and parking lots are heaped with sludgy ice piles.
This is a time of year when I find taking care of oneself and indulging in everyday luxuries is especially important. If you’re as fed up with February as I am, here are ten ideas to improve even the most dismal winter day:
1. Calm anxiety
and manage moods
using mental exercises such as mindfulness
. I like the Headspace app for its simple and friendly approach to clearing time for contemplation.
3. There is nothing more soothing than a hot drink on a cold day
. Take your winter warm-ups to the next level with recipes to make special recipes for hot chocolate
6. When I’m not able to go abroad, armchair traveling
with travel books and DVDs on exotic locations (maybe Costa Rica
, New Zealand
?) is the next best thing.
7. Scandinavian cultures have experience dealing with winter woes. Learn about the Danish concept of Hygge
, a cozy style of living and décor that works well for short, blustery days and long, dark nights.
8. Enjoy small pleasures
suited for hibernation mode such as streaming favourite movies
via our film service Kanopy
, downloading favourite eBooks
from the library using the Libby app
or borrowing immersive video games
from our varied collections.
10. Make your own personal indoor paradise
are optional, but great for curling up with when you’re feeling cold.
Lastly, don’t forget that February is also the shortest month of the year. Spring is on its way and with it, sunshine, birdsong, green grass and T-shirt weather!