February is National Blah Buster Month, and with good reason: what is there to be happy about when it’s cold, snowy, and dreary outdoors? I can completely see why some folks get a little down during the winter months.
But there are lots of ways to fight the winter blues, and I’m sharing a few of them in today’s blog post.
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6 Ideas to Survive National Blah Buster Month
1. Plan a friend date.
Although temperatures might be frigid, there’s never been a better time to call up a friend and make a date to get together. Plan an activity that includes your dogs, or do a girls-only date like going to the movies or shopping.
Getting together with a friend is sure to keep the blahs at bay.
Now is a great time to donate your time and energies to a worthy cause. Is your local animal shelter or rescue looking for volunteers?
In many cases, you can volunteer for as little as one hour per week, and getting out of the house and doing something to help others will definitely lift your spirits.
Is your closet in need of a makeover? Go through your clothes and pull out the things you no longer wear. Donate those items to a women’s shelter, church, or thrift store.
You’ll free up space in your closet, and you can feel good knowing that your old clothes will go to someone who needs them and will appreciate them.
4. Get physical.
Because physical exercise is a natural mood enhancer and will organically lift your spirits, now is the perfect time to start working out. You don’t have to go to a gym to get a good workout. You can do yoga at home, lift weights, jump rope, and do sit-ups.
And don’t forget, taking your dog for a walk in the winter sunshine is good for both of you!
5. Read a good book.
I can totally lose myself in a good book, which is why reading is a great way to beat the winter blahs. You can get completely lost in what you’re reading, and for a moment, it takes you away from the darkness of February.
Check out some of my favorite dog-centric reads if you’re looking for a good book for this month!
6. Plan a beach vacation.
Forget about February and focus on the future! Start planning your next vacation! There are lots of great pet-friendly beaches to visit with your dog, and planning a trip will definitely take your mind off of the cold.
Can’t afford to travel this year? That’s okay; it never hurts to look at pretty pictures of tropical sunsets to lift your spirits!
During National Blah Buster Month, do you have any tips for beating the winter blues?
I’d love to hear about them in a comment below or, better yet, stop by my private Facebook group for dog moms and join in the conversation there!