The winter months are sometimes tough to get through mentally. When I put myself in summer mode, my mood boosts. Here are my tips on how to beat the winter blues.
Retirement planners always ask you “What’s your retirement dream?”
Some might say to play golf everyday, to travel to the corners of the world, to dive into hobbies like painting (hi mom!), or to simply enjoy the cozies of home with a book and tea without the stress of work.
My life goal dream is to spend my winters somewhere warm and sunny.
My bones ache for the warmth of the sun this time of year. While I do love my winter walks and winter sports, this season is just too long overall. (And I know some of you live in places far colder for far longer – I don’t know how you do it!!)
The years it has been possible we’ve traveled to St. Lucia and The Keys in the colder months, but this year we are obviously staying put. (Although with virtual school, this would have been a good year to plant ourselves on an island for the month of January!)
Just doing some of the summer routine in the winter tricks the mind into a summer vibe
So, I thought, if I can’t go to the Caribbean, I will bring the Caribbean to me!
How To Beat The Winter Blues:
Put on beach music
The Beach Boys. Reggae. Kenny Chesney.
Make a tropical drink.
Follow resort Instagram accounts.
Like this one. Take me virtually to the Maldives!
Warm your body
If you have a safe way to do it, go to a sauna, an indoor pool, a hot tub or simply take a hot bubble bath! Make your body feel like it’s summer and sweat.
Shop for a new bathing suit, summery clothes, or patio furniture
Watch Moana with the kids
Or your favorite beach movie. Or Survivor!!!
Eat all the tropical fruit
Have a summery dinner
Read a good island novel.
I love anything by Elin Hilderbrand. (It’s prob not surprise I have never read any of her winter books – only the Nantucket summery ones!)
Wear tropical scents