I’ve got a bit of a secret: I hate winter.
I didn’t used to hate it, but ever since I moved to the South I have. Here, winter doesn’t mean snow and cozy layers; it means ice and rain and random 70-degree days. On days like today, which was miserable and rainy and cold, I like to do nothing more than to curl up in my pajamas with a good book and a mug of tea. Since I had to work today, that wasn’t going to happen.
I do have a few tricks up my sleeves for defeating the winter blahs, even when I have to work.
Bright tights are definitely one of the headier weapons in my arsenal. I absolutely adore coloured tights, and they’re great to punch up an otherwise professional and conservative outfit. They also bright a smile to the face of pretty much anyone who sees them, making them a great grey winter day addition. (Seriously. Try to stay bummed out while wearing magenta tights. It’s just not going to happen.)
Hot beverages. Today, I went to my favourite local coffee shop and ordered a delicious soy hot chocolate. Hot cocoa or a nice cup of tea always makes me feel better on a cold winter day. Heck, they always make me feel better regardless, even if (especially if) I’m having a bad disease day.
Reading. Books are kind of magic; they take us to places we couldn’t ordinarily go. That’s pretty amazing. So, if it’s dreary outside (or, again, if my psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis are flaring up and I don’t really want to be myself, just for a little bit), I love to escape into books by some of my favourite authors, like Nicole Krauss or Jonathan Safran Foer or Kurt Vonnegut or C.S. Lewis.
Warm sweaters and TV. Even though the Professor and I don’t get cable anymore, we still love watching TV via Netflix. And it’s always fun on a bad day to just get into some warm and soft and veg out in front of the tube. That’s especially true when it feels like the PSA is more in control of what I can do than I am.
What’s your favourite cure for the winter blahs?