Today I’m joining Modern Mrs. Darcy to share a list of things that are keeping me sane in the winter months. I can’t say Winter has been too bad so far, since we had such a mild holiday season and we don’t have to deal with winter storms like up North, but February is notoriously a slow month for me… no days off, no big holidays to look forward to, too cold to spend much time outside, the slog of real life in full force, and it can be hard to keep positive.
Per Modern Mrs. Darcy:
Winter is hard, but by pausing at its halfway point to share the things that are helping us through it, we’ll lighten the load.
This isn’t an easy month—or an easy season—for many of us. To beat back the gloom, today we’re sharing the things—big or small—that are saving us right now.
The idea comes from Barbara Brown Taylor’s wonderful memoir Leaving Church. Even though most of us can easily articulate what’s killing us, but few of us pay attention to what’s giving us life.
Once when Taylor was invited to speak at a gathering, her host told her simply, “Tell us what is saving your life right now.” She says it’s too good a question not to revisit from time to time.
I’m happy to say this wasn’t a hard list to put together… my weekly High Five for Friday posts keep me in the habit of looking for both small and big moments of happiness.
Here’s my list of what’s saving my life right now, in the dead of winter:
- flannel sheets
Thanks to my Mama, new flannel sheets on the bed are keeping me cozy every night.
- construction zone walks
When the weather is warm enough, I’ve been going on walks around the neighborhood. The upside to living in a construction zone is that there’s always new progress to see.
I don’t bake as often as I used to, but I definitely feel the urge to bake when it’s cold out. Yesterday I made banana bread and the whole process from ingredients to eating was so comforting.
- library holds
I go to the library at least once a week to pick up new holds, (sometimes it still amazes me that I can read so much for free) and winter is the perfect time for reading heftier books.
- morning tea
I’ve started drinking tea every morning at work, and it’s so nice to have something hot on hand while tackling the first round of email. I’ve never been a regular coffee drinker, but I definitely get the appeal of a morning ritual.
My skin gets really dry in the winter, so I try to keep up with chapstick, lotion, and occasional face masks.
- chai tea latte
I only allow myself to have this treat once a week or so, but it’s my favorite winter drink.
- make something (anything)
I’ve mentioned that I haven’t felt inspired to quilt lately, but making something always helps me feel better. I jumped into the Pixelated Heart QAL on Instagram and just starting something new has been a great spark of motivation.
Lately I’ve been craving funny media. A few favorites: podcasts (The Popcast is a new favorite), movies (caught Pretty Woman on TV the other day and forgot how much I enjoyed it when Julia Roberts shows up the snooty Rodeo Drive saleswomen), TV (finally binged on Master of None from start to finish), stand-up comedy (also finally watched John Mulaney’s special The Comeback Kid and loved it), etc. Seeking out laughter is always a good thing.
What’s saving your life right now?