It’s supposed to be spring, but the weather isn’t cooperating here in New England. We recently had what the experts call a “500-Year Rain,” but the funny thing is that the next week we had the same amount of rain. Does that mean it was a 1000-Year Rain? Not sure. But I’m tired of the rain and I’m trying not to feel bitter that the rest of the country seems to be in full-blown spring.
Here are some tips I came up with to fight the blues:
1. Bake something. Notice I said “bake something,” not “EAT something.” I like to make a batch of cookies, a funky cake, or a special something — and deliver most of it to the neighbors. Not only does it make me a fan in the neighborhood, I’ll get the good-house smell without all the calories.
2. Plan summer. The sun WILL come out, and what am I going to do when it does get hot? I start working on the kids’ summer schedule and vacation plans. Other thoughts: Plan your garden, your Memorial Day barbecue, your summer vacation, or a Fourth of July beach trip. Focusing on the future will keep your spirits up.
3. Start a new project. I knit a sweater or hat, work on a scrapbook, or start arranging my bookshelves. Keeping busy makes the time go faster, and I get the added boost of getting something accomplished!
4. Get outside. Even in lousy weather, it’s important to get the fresh air (and your circulation!) flowing. I ordered this fancy pair of wellies –Hunter Original Tall Welly Boot – so I have no excuse NOT to go for a splash-about (my five-year-old makes sure I walk her to school every day, rain or shine!).
5. See friends. One of the first things I give up when I’m feeling a little blue is my social connections. I make sure to connect with people online, but preferably in person, when I’m feeling down. Lunch at the mall or a trip to a bookstore with a friend makes me happy!
What are your blues-fighting tips? Does the weather affect you?Tweet