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4 Keys to a Happy, Healthy Winter

4 Keys to a Happy, Healthy Winter

The term “winter blues” gets tossed around a lot when days get short and chilly weather sets in. But regardless of the season, there’s plenty to be upbeat about—even if you can’t take a stroll in your shorts and tank top (unless you live in Florida). Here are some things that keep my winters from being anything but blue.

1. Don’t let the holidays stress you out.

For some, the holidays are a time of joy and togetherness—but for so many of us they’re just stressful. That feeling of “go, go, go” can wear you out and get you down. Don’t fall into that hustle-and-bustle trap. If you feel yourself heading in that direction, follow the tips in Holiday Stress Relief with Natural Remedies.

2. Keep your immune system strong.

There’s nothing worse than a prolonged bout of winter cold or flu, but inevitably there’s always “something going around.” Keep germs at bay by bolstering your immune system, which you can do by eating less sugary foods (sugar and your immune system don’t get along well), staying active, stressing less and sleeping at least eight hours each night. For excellent advice on immune system health, check out 12 Strategies to Strengthen Your Immune System (making more love is even on the list!).

3.  Stay busy with fun projects.

I know some people who get the so-called winter blues because all the things they love to do involve being outside in the summer—so they end up feeling incredibly bored all winter, claiming there’s “nothing to do.” I say hogwash. Winter is a fantastic time to tackle cool, new projects. Whether you want to take on a big project like building an earth oven or try something a little smaller like setting up an indoor worm composting bin, sending handwritten letters to old friends, or knitting a hat, I bet you can find several activities that you’ll truly enjoy.

4. Do something every day that makes you feel cozy.

While summertime fun is fantastic, I think the feeling of coziness is one of the best feelings there is—and for me, true, authentic, downright coziness only happens in winter. So, for at least 30 minutes every day, do something that makes you feel cozy. Drink a great cup of tea. Build a fire. Put on some warm, fuzzy socks or slippers. Grab your favorite blanket and curl up with a good book. And enjoy!

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5 Natural Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.


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4:40AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

I do all of these during the winter.

5:43PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Great tips

8:46AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Freezing outside,so wrapped up warm and toasty inside with a nice cup of tea....lovely !

8:41AM PST on Feb 23, 2013

love cozy stuff.

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3:09PM PST on Jan 4, 2013

All day being under four blankets do not make me cozy any more... I would love sitting on a chair and working instead of doing it in the bed.

4:51AM PST on Jan 4, 2013

Staying warm and cozy....thanks for the article

3:41PM PST on Jan 3, 2013


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Very useful! Thanx for sharing ;0)

Thanks. I need a picture or a video for the last tips though...

I don't drink milk, but this is interesting.


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