I really feel like you can never have enough sweatpants or sweatshirts. If you saw my closet you would probably gasp at the amount of loungewear I have, but I don’t care. It’s what I’m most comfortable in. I found this blush sweatshirt the other day, and it brought me back to Saved by the Bell and Boy Meets World days. I feel like Kelly Kapowski might have owned it at one point. I paired it with some jeans and my new favorite sneakers from Guilty Soles. When I found out fringe high top sneakers existed, I knew they were meant to be in my closet. I LOVE these shoes. The other day we were doing our Chick-fil-A run, and I didn’t even realize I had dressed Cove in a sweatsuit too, haha. We were like a sweatsuit family from the 80’s.

So it’s still winter… Actually, I think we have two more months until it’s officially over. If I am being real with all of you, I really dread this time of year. Have you ever had experiences that bring back so much negative nostalgia or places that bring up memories you wish you could forget? That’s winter for me. Something about the darkness, the cold and the fact that some of the worst things I’ve gone through have happened in the winter all cause me to struggle with finding joy in this season. Don’t get me wrong, I love everything up until Christmas, and from then on I am praying for Daylight Savings to come. I’ve been so thankful for all the sunny and warm days that January has had this year, and I’ve also tried to implement a few things into our daily routine to help keep things bright. I thought I would share a few things that help me get through the dark January and February months for those who may not like winter that much either.

  • Vitamin D. The actual supplement and the sun. If I know I might not be in the sun for at least 15 minutes that day, I’ll take vitamin D supplements in the morning. They really change my mood dramatically.
  • Appreciating winter for what it is. Okay… that sounds ironic, but I seriously have to try and remember the great things about winter. Like the fact it snows and how beautiful it is. Or the fact that my husband loves the cold and he puts a fire on every night. Those are the things I want to remember about the season.
  • Keep things bright. I open all the curtains and blinds every morning and try to make sure my house feels bright and airy. Implementing fun traditions or things to do also helps. When you have something to look forward to it can make things seems more cheery.
  • Exercise. I NEVER exercise. If I’m being honest, I started walking when I was pregnant because I was so ready for my baby to come out. Now, I work out five days a week for at least 20 minutes a day to stay healthy and help my mental state. 20 minutes may not seem like much, but it really has helped change my mood and helped my body feel better. I’ve also started dabbling in yoga, which has been so invigorating.
  • Don’t hide. It can be so easy to stay inside when its cold and dark, but pushing yourself to hang out with friends and getting out of the house can be so good for you and your mental well-being.

I hope these things help you enjoy the season.

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