I realize that it’s time to stop hibernating and get on with my life, in spite of what Punxsutawney Phil had to say this year.
- Dress nicely, even if staying at home. I'm not suggesting that one should start wearing heels and pearls around the house (although, why not?), but I must acknowledge that it's time (for me, anyway) to put the yoga pants and stained hoodies away. Really, enough is enough. Rather than being in a cozy outfit for a winter day, I am simply just regressing to being a slob.
- Try to make the home environment more stimulating. Lively music! Fold and put away the tempting blankets and throw pillows! Open up the curtains and blinds, and even open a window for a brief period of time! I read on The Quiet Home that one way the author likes to cheery up her home environment on a rainy day is to put in a load of laundry. Hearing the washing machine makes a home seem productive, rather than dreary. I've started doing this on rainy days, and I find it to be a comforting sound of activity and progress. I should implement this on my many snow days, as well.
- Open the windows. Even if it’s just for a little bit, a home should certainly be aired out after a few weeks. Turn the furnace down and open a window or two, even if it’s freezing outside. It will literally be a breath of fresh air! Plus, the chill in the air will help liven things up for both human and animal residents.
- Call someone. A drawback to being stuck and home is that your usual contact with the outside world can be shut off. Social interactions with coworkers aren’t happening, so after being without social interaction for a while, one can start feeling lonely or depressed. A good conversation with a friend or friendly family member can make you feel more energized and alert. Having something new to think about is a wonderful change of pace.
- Drink water with lemon. Drinking something cool and summery, like ice water with a splash of citrus, can make one feel more alert, especially if dehydration is causing the feelings of lethargy. Comforting drinks like tea, coffee, or alcohol can be dehydrating. (Nothing says snow day like a glass of wine at 11 a.m.!) But, a glass of iced tea or cold water makes me feel energized and refreshed.