I have a confession to make.
Normally I hate February. I’m not too keen on January or March either. The holidays are over, New Year’s resolutions are shot, and summer is a long ways off. Here in Toronto, the weather doesn’t turn warmer until April. Even then it’s likely to stay cool and rainy for another month or two, but at least there are spring buds to watch. I’m a solar-powered kind of girl, so I find late winter/early spring to be a tough slog.
This year, though, it hasn’t been so bad. My best guesses as to why:
1. I’ve been busy making plans. I’ve got some big plans for later this year — more on those another time — and they’ve kept me focused on the future instead of the cold, gloomy present.
2. My New Year’s goals are actually sort of working. This year I decided to focus on process, not end-goals. I’ve set out a loose weekly plan that gives me something different to work on each day — for example, Tuesdays and Saturdays are for errands — and it’s been surprisingly effective.
3. I’m exercising. Okay, not a lot. But one yoga class a week and one evening of dance every other week, plus the occasional flight of stairs, are enough to get the blood flowing a bit, and you all know what they say about the benefits of exercise on mood.
4. The weather is on my side. We’ve had an unusually mild winter, with less snow than usual. Of course, my efforts have nothing to do with this, but I’ll take it.
5. When in doubt, there’s always chocolate. Ah, chocolate, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways… And discount post-Valentine’s chocolate? Even better. *cough* Good thing I’ve got #3 up there. They balance each other out. Mostly.
So what are your best coping strategies for getting through the tail end of winter?