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How Will You Stay Cheerful this Winter?

The other day, I was talking with Doug, and we noticed that you can really feel it in the air that winter is approaching. It feels like it will be a long and dark winter this year. During COVID-19, we have had the luxury of pretty good weather, for the most part, which has allowed us to be outside for a good bit of time. We have recently ordered new winter coats, gloves, and hats, for everyone, as going outside with Alex (and Victory) will really be our only outlet for activity, outside our home, due to COVID-19.

Since we do not feel comfortable being indoors outside of our home, this winter will test our limits and force us to become really creative. Here are a few ideas to help get through the winter, outlined below.

1. Take a steaming bath.  During the colder months, I take a bath just to warm my body — and then another one before bed. I love this bubble bath.

2. Light candles everywhere. Keep candles flickering in your bedroom, living room, home office, and dinner table, whether they are scented numbers or classic tapers. Since we are home much more, I always have candles burning, and I especially love these.

3. Host a virtual group. My friends and I have been doing Zoom and FaceTime, since we are not able to get together in person due to COVID. It is a nice way to actually see and catch up with friends and family, and it is usually fairly easy to find a time that works for everyone.

4. Walk, walk, walk. It is amazing how moving your body actually makes you feel better, even when you initially don’t feel up for it! I try to walk either outside or on our Peloton tread most days, and it really makes a difference in how I feel.

5. Keep an open mind. During this time, it is amazing how flexible and open you must become. So, staying flexible makes everything easier versus resisting.

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