The winter blues happens to us all. The big excitement and stress of the holidays topped with cooler weather and less options to garden outside or even just get outside leaves us with this weird sort of post-holiday hangover. This hangover can be very hard to get over if you’re not proactive about your needs and self- care. Let’s run through some ideas to help kick winter in the snowballs.
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One: Get Outside
This is probably the most important one. Despite the temps outside you should make a point to get out for at least 10 mins a day. Winters in Ohio can be quite cold so getting outside when I don’t need anything is tough. I usually just take a stroll around the perimeter of the house just to make sure everything is in order then take a quick look at the compost bin and a quick peep into the garage. Now if you’re someone who works outside of the home, you can skip this step. However, I would like to encourage you to stop for a second while you’re outside and take a few deep breaths to ground yourself before entering your work building.
Two: Visit a Conservatory
Check out your local Conservatories. They are warm, beautiful and full of amazing plants. We have two large ones in Ohio that are pretty great. You can get some great ideas for your home and garden here.
Three: Visit a Greenhouse
Greenhouses are even more special in the winter time. Like conservatories, they offer a little escape from life. When you walk in, it’s warm, cozy, and full of visual interest. Spend time looking around, learning about plants. Chat with the employees about any plants you have questions on, and if your interested bring a few new plant babies home with you.
Four: Start Seeds
There’s nothing more busying than starting seeds. Keeping up with needy seedlings will help uplift that winter fog. Start some herbs for the kitchen and a few seeds for outside.
Five: Read and Plan
Planning for the garden season ahead is a great way to get out of the winter blues. Looking through your seed collection, drawing up plans for spring, summer and fall. Ordering new plants and planning their placement. It’s all so much fun.