Got the Winter Blahs? Tips to Banish Them

Got the Winter Blahs? Tips to Banish Them

Let’s face it—February’s 28 days (29 this year!) can seem like they last for years. The winter blahs tend to hit hard when the cold won’t let up and there’s no tropical vacation in sight.

Try out these options for when you need to bust out of your winter rut.

Get Outside

Believe it or not, getting outside, even when it’s cold, can help banish the winter blahs. If you aren’t the type for active winter sports like skiing, skating, or snowboarding, a brisk walk is a huge mood booster. Make sure you are dressed appropriately—layer up and pay special attention to protecting your hands, feet, and face. You’ll enjoy being outside if you’ve got the gear to offer warmth. Even better, grab a friend for company and catch up.

Take a Nap

There’s something about the dark winter that makes you want to curl up and hibernate a little. If the winter blahs are making your body crave a little extra rest, snuggle under the blankets and take a midday snooze on your day off. Don’t take it too late in the day and don’t make it too long, but you might notice a big pick-me-up from listening to your body.

Brighten Your Plate

In-season winter fruits and vegetables offer gorgeous colors and vitamins to help boost your immune system and banish the winter blahs. For nurses who care for and are around ill people frequently, anything you can do to supercharge your immune system will help keep you healthy this winter. Make a green veggie smoothie, roast squashes, put a vegetable soup together, or eat a salad with fruit.

Pretend It’s Summer

When you want something you know is impossible, you can always pretend. Slather on a little coconut-scented sunscreen, put a bowl of shells on the table, or listen to some recorded ocean waves. Break out your favorite summer movie or soundtrack, drink a pina colada (with alcohol or not), and buy some bright fresh flowers. If nothing else, it will remind you that it won’t be winter forever.

Find Other People

For those who hole up in the winter months, the stretch until spring can seem a little lonely. This is a great time to make an effort to connect with other people. It can be as small as visiting with neighbors, seeing family, taking a short class in something fun, going to a gym to keep up with your fitness goals, or volunteering your time every now and then. The key is to make a connection with others.

According to Punxsutawney Phil, spring isn’t too far away. Until then, try out some of these tips to banish the winter blahs to see if it makes winter a little more bearable.


Spring Cleaning When You Don’t Have the Time

Spring Cleaning When You Don’t Have the Time

Spring is almost here and to many, springtime equals clean time. Some may look upon this time with dread but don’t fret, cleaning can free your mind when you get rid of unnecessary clutter. Don’t think you have time to do a worthy spring clean?

Here’s how to sneak in some spring cleaning when you don’t have the time:

  1. Focus on one room at a time and if that still seems overwhelming, divide the room into sections.
  2. Get up 10 minutes earlier and dedicate that time to a section of a room that needs to be cleaned and organized.
  3. Use the time during commercials to clean.
  4. Invest in plastic containers (think milk crates and other smaller sized containers) to keep areas organized. I use milk crates to hold my laundry soap and also use them to organize my under-the-sink kitchen and bathroom areas.
  5. If laundry day seems overwhelming, divide laundry and complete it twice weekly instead of once. You may find doing a smaller load of laundry twice a week it more manageable than an all-day fest of laundry on the weekend.
  6. Dedicate a box for donations. When you come across something too good to throw away, but you haven’t used in awhile, donate it!
  7. Make it a habit to clean up clutter on a regular basis before it piles up into an unmanageable mess.
  8. Clean out your fridge whenever you unload new groceries.
  9. Heat up a bowl of water and lemon juice in the microwave for 5 minutes while you clean another part of the house. When you come back to clean it, the dried on gunk will have loosened making it easier to clean and your microwave will smell lemony fresh!
  10. Lastly, if you’d rather just get your spring cleaning knocked out then dedicate a day to cleaning and organizing your home. Make it fun and enlist the help of family members to make the day (and chores!) go by quicker.

After all is said and done, sit back, relax, and enjoy your clean home!

In addition to working as a RN, Nachole Johnson is a freelance copywriter and an author with her first book, You’re a Nurse and Want to Start Your Own Business? The Complete Guide, available on Amazon. Visit her ReNursing blog at