6 Ways To Beat The Mid-Winter Blues

words | Corinna Cooke
photography | Brad Olson

Here comes another cold, winter weekend, and if you are already suffering from the doldrums, don't despair! Here are 6 potential remedies...

Do yoga

Whether you go to a yoga class, or whether you practice with a DVD or a You Tube video, practicing yoga not only gives your body a fabulous workout, it also calms your thoughts and makes you feel fabulous!

  Extended Hand to Big Toe  | Yoga  photography | Isaac Bailey

Extended Hand to Big Toe | Yoga

photography | Isaac Bailey

go to a bookstore

Rather than scroll around on Amazon, bundle up and take yourself to a bookstore and get the tactile experience of picking up books, flipping through them, smelling them. (I love the smell of bookstores!)  You can find so many more interesting books by meandering around and looking at what is on the shelves than scrolling on the internet. It's easy to find yourself in conversation with other folks roaming the aisles, and it's one of the best ways to find cool new authors and great reads.

If your local bookstore has a coffee shop, even better! Grab a table and enjoy a cappuccino while flipping through a magazine or starting your new book. There are always interesting people to meet or people watch, and it beats sitting around at home!

Cook something

Pinterest is full of great recipes in every category you can think of. Find something interesting or different, or something perfect for winter, throw on your favorite tunes, and have some fun in your kitchen.


As bad as we think we have it, or as bored as we might be, there is always someone worse off than we are. Find a local soup kitchen or an organization in need and give them some of your time. You will not only be helping others but it will make you feel good too.

Read to the elderly

Can you even imagine being stuck in an old folks home with no one visiting you?? The monotony must be awful! Call around your local retirement homes/assisted living homes and ask about reading to the elderly. Not sure where to start? I found this website Create The Good that can give you some ideas.

clear the clutter

Take some time this weekend to clean out closets and makeup drawers, clear the clutter. You will be amazed at how much more clearly you can think and how much more peaceful you will feel once you clear out the clutter from every aspect of your life! You can read more about it here and here.