40 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

The best way to beat the cold winter blues is by mixing things up and getting out of your rut. Here are 40 fun ways to do just that:

  1. Find a new recipe and get in the kitchen cooking or baking.
  2. Plan a tropical-theme party.
  3. Call an old friend.
  4. Get in the car and take a road trip (somewhere warm, if possible).
  5. Open your windows and let the sunshine in.
  6. Get a rainbow maker.
  7. Go out for spicy food.
  8. Change your scenery and drive a different route to work.
  9. Paint a room.
  10. Get your car washed.
  11. Have a movie marathon of summer blockbusters.
  12. Buy a bottle of self-tanning lotion and give yourself some color.
  13. Go sledding.
  14. Shake up your exercise routine with a Zumba class.
  15. Get a new haircut or color.
  16. Host an Oscar party.
  17. Treat yourself to some new tunes.
  18. Take a ski trip.
  19. Take a class and learn something new.
  20. Teach a class.
  21. Get outside and take a brisk walk.
  22. Adopt a shelter dog or cat.
  23. Start or join a book club.
  24. Wake up 15 minutes earlier than usual for some quiet, quality alone time.
  25. Take a long luxurious bubble bath.
  26. Shake up your wardrobe by putting away some of your “regulars” for a few weeks.
  27. Reserve a bird guide from the library and do some bird watching.
  28. Bring the outdoors in by building a small terrarium.
  29. Take control of your health and make any neglected doctor and dentist appointments.
  30. Finger paint.
  31. Start a blog.
  32. Go swimming at an indoor pool.
  33. Make a plan and start saving for your dream vacation.
  34. Carry your camera with you and focus on capturing the beauty in the everyday.
  35. Build a snowman.
  36. Make a weekday lunch date with your spouse or significant other.
  37. Eat a piece of fruit every day.
  38. Take a plate of cookies to your neighbors.
  39. Rearrange your furniture.
  40. Do something you’ve been putting off.
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