Winter: you either love it or you hate it. But even if you love it, there might be a time when you're ready to be done with it. Inspired by the millionth snowfall in Minnesota, here are 15 ways to survive an endless winter! // dreams-etc.com

How to Survive Winter

Happy Wednesday! I think it’s Wednesday, at least. We got snow on Monday, so I stayed home from the office. We got more snow on Monday and since my office is on the other side of the world (or so it seems) I knew I’d be able to get there, but wasn’t sure I’d be able to get back home. I’m typically a fan of winter, but we’ve gotten so much snow in the last few weeks. Little One’s snow mountain is turning into her own personal Everest. It’s safe to say I’m pretty much over it at this point. So, in the spirit of an endless winter, let’s discuss how to survive winter, and try not to hate it!

Winter: you either love it or you hate it. But even if you love it, there might be a time when you're ready to be done with it. Inspired by the millionth snowfall in Minnesota, here are 15 ways to survive an endless winter! // dreams-etc.com

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1 // Hibernate. Just sleep right through it. Okay, so maybe that’s wishful thinking, but we can pretend, right?

2 // Hibernate for a day. You don’t even need to sleep the whole day, just make the most of staying at home. When you’ve been out driving in snow trudging through ice and slush in parking lots, it’s nice to stay at home and relax for a day if you can.

3 // Read a book. Big surprise to see this on the list, I know! 😉 I love reading thrillers and novels that take place in frozen climates when it’s a tundra here. Once I start to get a little stir crazy, I’m all about the beach reads. And by beach reads, I mean books that actually take place on the beach, like my fave The Beach House by Mary Alice Monroe.

4 // Make an iced drink to match. I love reading books that take place in the Lowcountry and preparing some sweet tea (it’s the only time I drink it; I’m not into things that are incredibly sweet) to drink with it. It just seems fitting!

5 // Get a workout in. You know, after drinking all that sweet tea. Sometimes it’s hard to work up excitement to get out of the house and move your body during winter, so move your body inside! Better yet, do a workout that makes you think of a tropical location, like these Hula DVDs from Kili, where she teaches you easy routines with a beach nearby!

6 // Have a movie day. Bonus points if the all revolve around a theme!

7 // Binge-watch a TV show. I’ve been watching and LOVING Step by Step on Hulu lately and it’s SO much fun!

8 // Go outside and enjoy the snow. There’s actually a lot of fun things to do outside, You can go skiing, snow shoeing, sledding, and snow boarding, just to name a few. Get IN the snow. And build a snowman and make snow angels!

Winter: you either love it or you hate it. But even if you love it, there might be a time when you're ready to be done with it. Inspired by the millionth snowfall in Minnesota, here are 15 ways to survive an endless winter! // dreams-etc.com

9 // Practice different braiding techniques. You’ll build arm muscles AND be ready to do your hair once the weather warms up!

10 // Create a cold weather routine you look forward to. For me it’s reading a book I loved as a child (not saying it’s a good one, but it’s one that sparked my imagination so I love revisiting it) and preparing a soup that’s in it. I save this routine for the coldest months of the year when I really need a break from the cold weather, even if that break comes from being curled up on the couch with my pup and a book after finishing a bowl of soup. Let’s face it, sometimes those are the best ways to escape!

11 // Paint your nails a bright color. It’ll start to feel like its getting warmer out before you know it. (Coming from someone whose nails are currently mint blue.)

12 // But keep rocking those dark lips! Unless you prefer the brighter tones, but I always feel like dark lip season is never long enough.

13 // Rock out to some Broadway music. And pretend you’re on stage! If you can’t stand Broadway music (???) play whatever YOU love and be a pop star or a rock star or a… country star? (Some of you might really love that one and some of you are going to hate it.)

14 // Create a soundtrack for your life to take you through the summer months. And if you don’t already have a theme song, pick one out!

15 // Remind yourself… Summer Is Coming. And with it, the endless heat that makes you feel like you can’t breathe and the allergies that make your eyes tear up if you even think about them. Or, if you’re not like me and you actually ENJOY summer, I’m not sure we can be friends, just think about all the things you love that will be here before you know it. After all, our weather-based seasons come and go, just like the seasons we face in life. Start working on your summer bucket list and cleaning out your house (before you want to spend all your time outdoors). Spring, and then summer, are right around the corner!

What do you do when you’re going a little stir-crazy?

Winter: you either love it or you hate it. But even if you love it, there might be a time when you're ready to be done with it. Inspired by the millionth snowfall in Minnesota, here are 15 ways to survive an endless winter! // dreams-etc.com

 

22 Comments

  1. Marta A Rivera Diaz

    March 7, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Meanwhile, in Texas…it’s sunny and the high hit 70°F yesterday! Stay sane!

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  2. Jolene Sng-Ong

    March 7, 2018 at 11:03 am

    We had a couple of snow days in Houston and the whole city almost shut down. Lol! Texas is not used to that kind of weather. But we did enjoy the 2 days of (little) snow though! Hang in there. Meanwhile, we’re dealing with allergy season… *sniff*

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  3. Portia Yates

    March 7, 2018 at 11:08 am

    We are actually having a snow day today and we’re thinking of some fun things to do. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Krystin Tysire

    March 7, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    I totally agree with your tips, and couldn’t agree more about getting a good workout in, I like to workout in my house on the bike, it’s so nice when it’s raining out! Also, yes to reading a good book!

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  5. Summer @ Coffee With Summer

    March 7, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    SO AGREE! Love your tips – watching TV shows is my favorite way to spend a winter day!

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  6. justine @ sunnyinjune.com

    March 7, 2018 at 8:43 pm

    looove this list! i wish i could hibernate for like, 2 straight weeks. <3

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  7. Tami

    March 7, 2018 at 9:41 pm

    Love this list! I always feel stir crazy during winter because I hate cold and snow so I never wanna go outside, haha. Movie marathons and reading definitely helps!

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  8. Linette

    March 8, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Since moving to Indiana from NC, Winter takes on a whole new meaning. lol. This list is super motivating! Thank you for sharing. ❤️

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  9. Julie

    March 8, 2018 at 9:32 am

    I’m so ready for winter to end! I actually live close to you in ND – about 8 hour drive to the cities (our favorite place to visit). We just got a winter storm this past weekend too. We got 8.5 inches of snow. And it was in the 30s and 40s too the week before. On those cold days in the winter where we don’t want to go anywhere, we’ll watch movies/cartoons, play games, get caught up on cleaning, etc.

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  10. Sondra Barker

    March 8, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    I would need this tips If i lived somewhere other than California!

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  11. Rebecca Rice

    March 8, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    These are such great tips! I love living in the Northeast but sometimes enough is enough and I am so over the winter weather. I am going to try out some of these suggestions! Pinning this for future reference 🙂

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  12. Beth Kondrick

    March 8, 2018 at 1:06 pm

    Seriously good suggestions here. I personally would love to take the bear approach, but since that isn’t possible, I suppose other things like reading or painting my nails might help!

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  13. Corinne Bird

    March 8, 2018 at 1:41 pm

    Good tips! I love winter too, but sometimes a cold wind cuts through the Manhattan streets and I think “I’m ready for warmer weather!” Then inevitably I find myself sweating it out miserably through summer. Perhaps we need a summer survival article too! haha

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  14. Mary Ware | The Mom Friend

    March 8, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    Haha #1 is so what I want to do! I am so tired of winter, these are great ideas to get through it!

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  15. Mia Sutton

    March 8, 2018 at 2:10 pm

    #9 made me laugh – now I have to go braid my hair and build up my muscles. 🙂 These are great tips! Winter is always my favorite season because I like to be all cozy at home, but I think I’m finally ready for spring to get here!

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  16. Mrs.AOK

    March 8, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    You’ve compiled quite a great list of suggestions. 🙂
    You mentioned sweet tea and now that’s all I’m craving. I’m a misplaced Texan and I’ve also lived in the Lowcountry, so the thirst is real! <- I know the kids would get on me for that one. "That's not even how you use it, mama." 😀
    I'm the worst at keeping my nails painted, but I do love when they're painted.

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  17. Erin Wolfe

    March 8, 2018 at 9:03 pm

    Great ideas. I think we may be kindred spirits. I don’t believe ‘dark lip season’ should EVER end, and any chance to belt show tunes is a good time in my book!

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  18. shootingstarsmag

    March 8, 2018 at 10:12 pm

    Ooh I should really paint my nails a nice, bright color – it’s been awhile since I’ve painted them anyway. And I’m all about diving into a good book! 🙂 And who doesn’t love Broadway music? lol

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  19. Shybiker

    March 8, 2018 at 10:51 pm

    Good suggestions. Winter is hard, especially near its end. That’s why I find Spring so invigorating.

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  20. Misadventures with Megan

    March 9, 2018 at 7:13 am

    I love a lazy winter day! Binge watching a show around here is usually m!ore disney-centric, but I love relaxing and enjoying my coffee!

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  21. Kara

    March 9, 2018 at 9:16 am

    I think my absolute favorite way to survive is by binge-watching! lol but you have a lot of great ideas/tips! 🙂

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  22. Lori

    March 9, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Hibernate. Check! I love the part about painting your nails right colors… fuschia can definitely perk up drab months and create contrast.

    Reply

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