I’m sure I’ve said it on this blog before, and I’m sure I’ll say it again. Winter is rough in Wisconsin. It’s cold. There’s tons of snow. And it’s really just all-around unenjoyable. I’ve never been a winter person! I hate the cold weather and the fact that my ears and fingers are always throbbing when I’m outside. I hate the fact that I can’t comfortably wear skirts and dresses (I have a three-block walk to work from where I park my car!), and I hate that I have to wear winter boots outside, which ruin basically any outfit. I feel like I barely survive winter! And when April comes around (or May, because let’s be real, we’re in Wisconsin) and spring finally appears. I am elated. But you know what? I don’t like being miserable for 5 months out of the year (again, winter is long in Wisconsin). So I’ve been making a genuine effort to enjoy winter a little more. So if you’re like my and winter is definitely not your fave, you’ll probably enjoy these tips to survive winter without going stir crazy!
Don’t Just Survive Winter, Embrace Winter
Of all the outdoor activities, the winter ones have never been my favorite. Sure, I did a bit of skiing and snowboarding when I was in high school, and sledding when I was much younger. But in general, my favorite outdoor activities are saved for warmer weather (camping, biking, swimming, etc). But if you’re struggling to get through winter, I suggest embracing it! Try a few outdoor sports you’ve never done. Go for a walk in the snow. It might be cold, but it’s definitely pretty!
You can also do outdoor activities in spite of winter. A few years ago Dave and I were still in college. We shared a house with 6 other people, but it had a yard. It was right in the thick of winter, and I was having a rough night at work. Dave went out and bought a fire pit (which was dirt cheap, because who buys a fire pit in January?), a huge tarp, and some of our favorite drinks. He invited some friends over and we had a bonfire! It was too cold, with the fire. The tarp meant we didn’t have to stick our chairs in the snow. And we didn’t need to run inside to the refrigerator whenever we wanted a drink because we just stuck them all in the snow pile to keep cold! A bonfire might no be a traditional winter activity, but it’s one of our favorite things to do, and Dave went for it despite the weather!
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Work on Your Marriage
So obviously, you shouldn’t be working on your marriage only in winter. But during the winter, when it’s too cold to do much outside, you and your spouse are probably spending a lot of time cooped up in the house together. So there’s a good chance you’re spending more time bonding, as well as more time arguing (which is also a great opportunity to improve your marriage!). Maybe you’re getting on each other’s nerves because you’re cooped up in a tight space. This is a great chance to talk out some of those underlying issues. It’s also a great time talk about the future and learn new things about each other. Dave and I have also had the chance to try some new indoor activities together, such as finding video games and board games we can play together.
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Build Your Blog or Business
During the summer, when the weather is beautiful, it’s so hard to spend a Saturday sitting inside working on the blog. I would much rather be outside going for a walk with Leia, hanging out in the pool, or enjoying the awesome things Madison has to offer during the summer. But during the winter, I don’t have much interest in hanging out outdoors. Meaning on those Saturdays when I’ve got nothing else going on, it’s super easy to devote the day to writing posts, catching up on comments and social media, and planning for exciting new projects! I would way rather get ahead of the game in the winter so I can take a break and head outside when spring rolls around.
Plan for Spring (and Beyond)
One thing that always helps me survive winter is planning what comes next! Usually, we plan things we’ll do together in Madison, with a few trips scattered through spring and summer. We talk about our favorite things about the warm weather and look forward to them. This year is particularly exciting. though! Just as the weather starts to get nice, we’ll be seriously looking for a house, and looking to spend the summer in a new home! This is such an exciting time for us and makes winter far more bearable. Plus, we’ll be able to enjoy the warm weather so much more with a yard! Honestly, we’re okay with being cooped up inside for winter because it makes it easier to save money, meaning we can get our home sooner!
What are your best strategies to survive winter without going stir crazy?
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