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Beating the Winter Blues

Posted February 27, 2007

We all get it: a case of the winter blues. The combination of cold temperatures, gray skies and general grind and grit of life. It all weighs us down.

How do we break through the clouds and find a warm puddle of light? I would like to hear your ideas. Here is my prescription for beating the winter blues and it won't cost you much.

1. Call an old friend.

2. Take a five mile hike with a good friend.

3. Volunteer to do some hard physical labor.

4. Do something creative with art, music or poetry.

5. See a great movie.

6. Treat yourself to a sleeve of Girl Scout Thin Mints.

7. Listen to a Brian Regan comedy album.

8. Play Monopoly and your favorite card game.

9. Plan a warm weather vacation.

10. Buy some fresh flowers.

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  • renaissanceman Feb 27, 2007

    I hear you phoebe samoas are the best!!!Thank GOD they only come out once per year!!

  • lilybell Feb 27, 2007

    Y'all don't know what winter is down here! Up north in February, there are huge piles of ugly, dirty snow everywhere and temperature doesn't go above 25 degrees (on a good day). But the worst part is that the sky is grey, grey, grey for weeks on end. By this time of year up north, one is really sick of winter. But down here, the daffodils are blooming, its generally blue skies and lots of sun and its barely cold. So enjoy! Its been a great winter and spring is just about here. Spring and fall are great here -- that's the best time of the year.

  • Pandoras Box Feb 27, 2007

    I can't stand winter and this one has been espically hard. I had to go on antidepressants this go. I just had to think of my health. BUT for those of you who crave girl scout cookies so much (as I sit here eating Samoas!) My little girl sells them so let me know if you need any!

  • papa jim Feb 27, 2007

    make love

  • CestLaVie Feb 27, 2007

    All your ideas are good ones, Bill. As for me today, I've been planning a vacation to Florida for a month from now; I just finished making our hotel reservations. That does it for me at this time of year - just looking forward to getting away and having some fun!!

  • mom24 Feb 27, 2007

    February is a hard month for me. I'm ready for the kids to be able to play outside without having to take 20 minutes to dress them in coats, gloves, and hats. I'm beating the blahs by planning some spring gardening and trying new recipes. I need the new recipes because the thin mints are long gone!

  • packandcanesfan Feb 27, 2007

    I love winter too. Winter and Fall are my favorite seasons. A sleeve of Thin Mints will surely cure what ails you. :) Can the old friend that is mentioned have fur and four legs? :)

  • Riverracer Feb 27, 2007

    I love winter, so winter blues are not a problem for me. I find myself dreaming about snow in the summer! A sleeve of Thin Mints, stashed in the freezer, is my 4th of July tradition. It's a refreshing way to beat the heat and humidity.

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