It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Chapter 2, Page 8, Book 11

It's Terrific 2's Tuesday!

Just about every blog I read lately has had something to say about how tired we all are of winter. So today I'm sharing more than 2 terrific tips for you to try. I'm determined I'm not going to give in and one way or another I'm going to overcome these dreary days of winter.

We all get it, and there's no inoculation available to head it off. It's called Cabin Fever also known as the February Blahs. It's when we've got a good bit of the winter season behind us already, but Spring isn't quite in the air, and we get as surly as bears. Just staying busy isn't enough to knock cabin fever for a loop. If it were, we'd just recommend a little house cleaning and you'd be fine. What we crave at this time of year is something different.We're tired of looking at black, leafless trees against a winter sky, winter yards, and people in coats. So, the key to the cure is breaking the mold.

Go away! This is by far the most popular cure, but also the most expensive. It works wonders, though, to totally change your scene and your routine by leaving town and getting into the sun for a while

Change your world. If the world won't change to help your mood, why not change the part of it you have some control over? It's a great time for some bright, new wallpaper or a coat of paint on one accent wall, or some new slip covers.

Bloom where you're planted. It's too soon to go out and turn over the dirt for a garden, if you could even get the shovel into the ground! But that shouldn't stop you from enjoying the benefits of gardening indoors. Get some petunias or other hearty, colorful blooms and grow them indoors . Make sure they are not too close to windows, where temperature changes can hurt them. Get lots of green plants and start learning to keep them alive

Feed your brain. This is a great time to research where you want to take your next vacation, learn a language from tapes you can borrow at the library, or take a short course in something at the community center, junior college, park system or other local venue

Read the paper. No, that by itself won't shake the blahs, but watch for events that are held this time of year just because people need to get out -- boat shows, RV and camping shows, Community Theatre productions. Read the Lifestyle or Community sections to find a club to join or other interest group to get in touch with.

We also need to compensate with more light.

Go outside during the day as much as possible.

Rearrange your home or work area so that you take advantage of natural light coming in the windows.

Get regular exercise outdoors, if possible.

Hopefully one or more of these tips will help . I'm looking forward to a TERRiFIC Tuesday and I hope you will have one too.

'On Ya'-ma


Donna said...

Well, I started the herb garden in my kitchen window, which is indeed a day-brightener. And I'm reading Pioneer Woman's book. And I have plenty of reading material when that's done.

Rose said...

Great tips for those who live in the colder climates which I remember well when I lived in New England most of my life.

Now, in Florida, the blahs of winter turned into the best season of all down here. However, we have the Hurricane season that puts our nerves on edge.

jack69 said...

Good advice. A lot of folk need to take advantage and use the ideas.
We however are not suffering from the pain. But with good company it is seldom a problem!!

Love and thanks
Sherry & Jack

grammy said...

Great tips
I need to do a brain game (o:
or cook something healthy (o: