The month of December can be a hectic time with New Year right around the corner and holidays in the midst. With busy schedules and planning galore some may hastily notice the darker winter days while others may not even notice. For us, the earlier sunset and dark before you even get off work days sometimes coincide with less time for the fun outdoors. Fewer hiking/camping/fishing days and less sunlight can have a huge impact on those outdoor lovers – like us!
Winter Solstice falls on Friday, December 21st and is known for the shortest day of the year. Beat those dark day blues and try some of these helpful tips to get you through the season. We can get through this together!
1.Use this time to plan your next adventure!
Researching on your computer and planning that next adventure on a beautiful summer afternoon is no fun! Give thanks to the darker days, pull out your laptop and start researching that next trip. There is nothing like a good boost of endorphins from the excitement of a new adventure. With more and more people enjoying the outdoors every year (YAY, but also AH!) permits are required for backpacking trips and campsites need to be booked a year in advance, the list goes on. Plan ahead and get excited, new adventures await!
2. Candles and extra lighting
Earlier sunsets mean getting home from work in the dark and possibly feeling sluggish and ready for bed by 7 pm! Don’t do it. When you get home in the evening switch on some lamps, light a candle or maybe even light the fireplace. To save some electricity get some energy efficient bulbs and maybe some small lamps to place around your living space. Pair this up with a few candles and your place will feel like new! A cozy setting in your living space is the perfect alternative to crawling into your bedroom too soon. Sleep is good, but 12 hours is unnecessary.
3. Adjust your hair and skin routine
Take care of yourself in these harsh, colder months. Amp up your lotion game and make sure you apply every night or morning after showering. Chapped lips and scaly skin from dry indoor heating is a big cause of irritation. If you live in especially dry areas a humidifier may do justice for some extra moisture. Sesame Oil and Fish Oils are also great for the hair and skin.
4. Warm Beverages
Getting up in the morning can be the hardest part about the colder months. Pulling away from the covers and stepping onto the cold floor is mind numbing. A warm beverage can be just the motivation you need to get moving. Start your day right with some of these options:
- Hot tea
- Hot cocoa
- Fresh Coffee
5. Room Feng Shui
When it seems like winter is dragging on, purifying the home with new energy may be just the fix. In Feng Shui, winter is naturally a “yin” season; a quieter, more reflective time of year that encourages us to spend more time in the home. Feng Shui can make living space brighter, warmer and more energetic, while staying in tune with the season. Some ideas include cleaning with citrus, assessing what you really need and don’t need, create a meditation corner or letting natural light in.
Adding an area to read, write or simply relax is a great idea. A low seat such as the Caravan Chair takes up little room and provides extra seating. Pair the Caravan Chair with the Carolina Snack Table, some pillows or blankets and you have a nice reading nook.
6. Keep up that workout routine
Getting to the gym or yoga studio when the weather is horrendous can seem like a doomed expedition. When the snow is coming down or the rain is as cold as ever, pick up your workout routine indoors. Scroll YouTube for a heart-pumping yoga routine or other workout and get your heart racing without leaving home. Whatever worked for you in the summer try to keep up the same routine for the colder months. You will be happy you did when spring comes around and you can easily get back out there!
7. Align your schedule with the sunrise
Up with the sun! Soak in as much daylight as possible even if there are clouds in the sky. Taking advantage of every ounce of the day is a great schedule to maintain. Try to walk or enjoy an activity outdoors a few times a week. Who knows the cold can sometimes be refreshing!
Nothing like a slap in the face with cold wind to get you moving.