5 inspiring ways to beat the winter blahs this year

(by Donna Paris, Canadian Living)

 

I thought I was getting off easy this winter – it’s been the mildest one I ever remember. But no. Here we are, almost the middle of February and I’m feeling a little blah. Don’t worry, I’m on it. And hopefully it’s a little inspiration for you, too!

 

I thought I was getting off easy this winter – it’s been the mildest one I ever remember. But no. Here we are, almost the middle of February and I’m feeling a little blah. Don’t worry, I’m on it. And hopefully it’s a little inspiration for you, too!

 

1 Hydration, highly underrated
Your body is about 60 per cent water and every cell needs water, so it’s important to drink. But sometimes plain water gets boring. So spice it up: Add chunks of frozen fruit, it will lend a fruity taste, and you get a nice treat at the end. Add a flavour extract like vanilla or anise. Get citrusy with lime, lemon or orange slices. Freeze fruit juice and add a few cubes to a cupful. It makes a big difference.

 

2 Read a child a book
I know we all carry the Internet in our pockets now. But, still, there’s nothing like reading a child a story. One that’s inspiring me this month is Cross Katie Kross by Donna Morrissey, illustrated by Bridgette Morrissey, her daughter. How cute is that? Katie Kross hates just about everything, so she decides to leave her home in search of Love Valley, a place where she an get away from tedious chores. No kids? That’s ok, borrow one while you read them this magical tale.

 

3 Put food on somebody’s table
Food Banks Canada launched a new campaign recently aimed at raising awareness of hunger in Canada, and specifically the root causes of the issue. Millions of Canadians struggle to get enough food to eat and many of them are turning to food banks for assistance. The goal is to educate the public around this issue and ask all Canadians to take a pledge to Say No to Hunger.

 

4 Million Dollar Neighbourhood – my new favourite TV show
It’s so fun – and inspiring! It’s set in Aldergrove, B.C. and 100 families have 10 weeks to raise their collective worth by a million dollars. I love it because it shows people working together to step out of their comfort zones to tackle debt, massive credit card bills and out-of-control spending. Every week the families dig deep, downsize, barter, scrimp and save to increase their net worth by $1,000. Sunday’s episode is all about eating inexpensively at home – then they have to earn money by staging a five-star Wine & Dine with celebrity chef Anthony Sedlak.

 

5 And my #1 way to beat the blahs? Plan a trip
There’s nothing like getting away and, for me, most of the fun is in the anticipation. I’m not crazy about the planning though, I get overwhelmed. So, this year, I’m hoping to go to Italy, and I plan to book the trip with Trafalgar Tours. It appeals to me because there are only three places you visit: Rome, Florence and Venice, so it’s not the crazy rush of visit-a-city-a-day tours. It’s a more relaxed pace, but they sweat the small stuff – so I don’t have to!

 

How about you? How do you beat the winter blahs?

 

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