3 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Cold and snowy winters are enough to drive the average northerner crazy. Are you an after the holidays, the snow can go type of person? The idea that you’re reading this blog answers that question. But what if the snow doesn’t go? What if there are mounds and mounds of it blocking your entry ways and smothering the life out of your boxwoods and arborvitaes? What’s a northerner to do? Well, if you’re not afraid to get on a plane or to drive out of those monstrous mounds to a warmer climate, then you’ve simply got to make do. Before you get upset and call your therapist, check out the cozy spots at the coffee shops. If they’re, by chance, occupied by those selfish people who sit there all day with an open computer and who’re not even drinking coffee (this is presuming that the coffee shops will be open for real business by then), I suggest you layer yourself up and get outside! No masks needed! The air is crisp and clean, and the exercise will do your body good. Try these:

  1. Try tubing: https://www.traversecity.com/outdoors/winter-sports/tubing-and-sledding/
  2. Build a campfire and roast marshmallows/smores or whatever else will satisfy
  3. Go for a winter hike: https://www.alltrails.com/us/michigan

If you’d rather be inside:

  1. Bake cookies
  2. Cuddle up with a good book and a piping hot cup of Joe
  3. Learn something new by taking an online class

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