5 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

1. Bake a Pie!

pie 1. Bake a Pie!

Or if you’re not a pie person, bake cookies, or cupcakes, or bread! While there isn’t any scientific study to explain why, many people say that baking is therapeutic and good for the soul. Some claim it’s because of the meditative and ritualistic nature of adding the ingredients one by one, others speak to the creativity and instant gratification that comes from enjoying something that YOU made. Whatever the reasoning, baking is a great way to feel a little less blah this winter.

2. Shop for Others

If you need an excuse to get out of the house, there’s nothing better than a shopping excursion. And though there’s nothing wrong with getting a little something for yourself, try turning the focus elsewhere for a change. It doesn’t have to be anything big or extravagant, but pinpoint someone in your life who needs a little extra help this winter, and be the source of that help! It could be diapers for a young couple who just had their first baby, groceries for a single mother, flowers for an elderly neighbor—the skies the limit! With the holiday season behind us, it’s easy to move on and forget the spirit of giving. But it’s a proven fact that giving to other people feels good! So pay it forward this winter—and all year round!

3. Get Your Snow Gear on!

sledding 3. Get Your Snow Gear on!

Playing in the snow is not just for kids anymore—get out there and build a snowman, go sledding, have a snow ball fight, or be productive and shovel your neighbor’s driveway/sidewalk. It can be a challenge to maneuver in the snow, which means you’ll get a good workout at the same time, and with your adrenalin pumping, you’re sure to feel better in no time! Make sure you bundle up—don’t forget a hat, scarf and gloves.

4. Visit a Museum!

There’s no shortage of museums around Lancaster county, and they make the perfect winter day outing! The Hands-on House and Lancaster Science Factory are great for kids and families, while places the North Museum or the Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania are great for older kids and adults. Like history? Check out the Wright’s Ferry Mansion, Boehm’s Chapel or Ephrata Cloisters. More of an artistic person? There’s the Philip’s Museum of Art at Franklin & Marshall, the Lancaster Museum of Art on Lime Street, and any number of downtown galleries! Check out Lancaster County Museums for hours and pricing to museums all over the county.

5. Take on a Project

pinata 5. Take on a Project

Instead of sitting around and wishing that winter would end, find a project to occupy your time. Websites like Pinterest make it so easy to share ideas for every DIY project you could ever think of (and even some you couldn’t), so take advantage of the expertise and suggestions at your fingertips! Be ambitious and don’t be afraid to try something new. If you’re not the crafty type, find a project around your house that you’ve been meaning to do for ages but just haven’t gotten around to completing—organize that junk drawer or storage space that’s threatening to take over the room, give your kitchen a deep clean, or put together that 1,000-piece puzzle that someone gave you for Christmas. Your project doesn’t have to take all day, or even get finished in one day, but it will give you something to do until springtime rolls around!

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