How to Cozy Up Your Home for Winter
I tend to panic in early November as daylight saving time approaches its end. I start thinking about the darkness, the cold and the fact that winter sticks around in Northern Wisconsin until March (sometimes later!) This is also the time of year when Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) begins taking effect. About 4 to 6 percent of people may experience winter depression, and another 10 to 20 percent may suffer from mild seasonal affective disorder. Some symptoms include oversleeping, low energy, difficulty concentrating and loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. Here are simple ways to cozy up your nest and create daily happiness this winter season.
Take the thick blankets out of storage and place them in a basket in your living room with a few draped over the sofa. There’s no such thing as too many blankets.
Introduce layers of light to the rooms you spend the most time. Take a break from flipping on the energy-saving light bulbs by sprinkling candles throughout and lighting them at night for a warmer feel and a wonderful smell. Place lamps near couches and chairs to create reading nooks within the room.
Center living around the fire. Fill the mantle with garland and holiday decor. Move a game table closer to the fire for intimate nights with family and friends.
Add extra rugs and large pillows to the floor. If you have bare floors, add a rug next to a bed or underneath a table to warm your cold feet. Keep large floor pillows close by for people to tuck underneath while they play cards or a board game.
Aside from cozying up your home for winter to create more daily happiness...
Northern Wisconsin may be known for its summer season but our winters boasts a very magical experience. When we think of the holidays up north we think of the pine trees caked with snow, snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing. My favorite memory of the holidays growing up was when my cousins and I packed on our snow gear and head outside to sled. After hours of playing in the snow we would come back inside, strip off our coats and snuggle up by the fire. There’s no better feeling than walking into a warm house after spending time outside in the chilly winter air. Make it a point to get outside for at least 30 minutes per day this winter.
Listen to Your Body
Seems pretty simple, right? But with a new Netflix show out weekly and our phones providing constant entertainment we get tricked into staying up late. Ask yourself: “Are you tired?” Go to bed when you’re sleepy and try to get up at the same time every morning. When our sleep schedules are off we can’t focus during the day, we tend to be more irritable and don’t have the energy to perform daily activities. Take advantage of the dark nights by jumping into bed early, reading a good book instead of staring at your phone and getting up early to see the sunrise.
Here's to a wonderful Holiday and Winter season ahead!