BY JOANNA C. VALENTE
Winter depresses the fuck out of me. Seriously. There's something about the never-ending gray clouds that makes me feel like my body is shrinking into nothing. The cold weather makes many of us socially lazy, and the winter months literally become endless hours of loneliness. Here are 30 ways to eradicate chilly weather blues:
- Host a potluck.
- Send a postcard to someone you don't know very well.
- Write a letter to your closest friend.
- Go through your old photos & create a scrapbook, not a Facebook album.
- Create a playlist for someone you have a crush on.
- Look up a recipe for a dish you don't know how to make, and cook it!
- Go to hot yoga.
- Take swimming lessons.
- Go out on a fancy date with yourself. Dress up like you're a movie star.
- Download Duolingo on your phone & start learning a new language!
- Write a letter to yourself about what you want, where you want to see yourself in the next 3 years.
- Go to an art museum and bring a sketchbook--draw interpretations of your favorite pieces.
- Redecorate your home with new art.
- Get a massage.
- Start a 365 day photo project centered around 1 person, place, or thing other than yourself.
- Change your hair drastically.
- Start a handwritten journal.
- Look for a typewriter to write letters with.
- Learn how to read Tarot.
- Set a goal and keep a daily journal. Write every day about how you are achieving this goal.
- Go to a movie by yourself.
- Buy a camera (not a phone) and start taking pictures of your neighborhood manually.
- Volunteer at a homeless shelter, soup kitchen, or nursing home.
- Schedule a double movie night with friends.
- Finally confront someone who has upset you.
- Surprise someone by reaching out and telling them you appreciate them.
- Buy yourself flowers.
- Plan a vacation--plan to save money if you have to.
- Start a blog where you review indie books, films, music. Do this to promote under appreciated artists. Promote kindness.
- Have a partner already? Plan a series of first dates to go on--act if you both just met for the first time.
Editor's Note: A version of this article appeared on our old site.
Joanna C. Valente is a human who lives in Brooklyn, New York. She is the author of Sirs & Madams (Aldrich Press, 2014), The Gods Are Dead (Deadly Chaps Press, 2015) & Marys of the Sea (forthcoming 2016, ELJ Publications). Her chapbook XENOS is forthcoming from Imaginary Friend Press in 2016. She received her MFA in writing at Sarah Lawrence College. She is also the founder of Yes, Poetry, as well as the chief editor for Luna Luna Magazine.