Happy Winter Solstice! ❄️ For those of you feeling the holiday panic, winter blues, or some rollercoaster ride of both, we put together seven of our favorite super practical and easy ways to power through. You got this!
1. Exercise your creativity
Taking a couple minutes to do something creative is like taking your brain to a tropical island… it can introduce a little serenity when you’re feeling stressed out and frazzled, and it can help you feel inspired when you’re a blob of ‘bleh.’ If you don’t consider yourself a creative person, we’ve got some ideas for ya:
- Write a haiku (3 lines of 5 syllables / 7 syllables / 5 syllables)
- Grab some markers or colored pens and doodle
- Play your favorite song and boogie around the room
2. Sing to your succulents.
We joke about this a lot, but it’s something we actually like doing! It can be a really lovely, almost meditative practice to sing a tune while tending to your houseplants. Prune away any dead leaves, re-arrange ’em, or even repot them. Fill up that gorgeous watering can (or a big cup, let’s be real) and water any that need it. While you do, make up a song, hum a melody on the fly, or put on some music and pretend your Ariana Grande for a few minutes. Your plants will thank you. (They won’t, actually, but we will… THANK YOU!)
3. Read a Rupi Kaur poem.
Literally any of them. They’re so good.
4. Take a walk and leave your phone at home.
Is there even a bird in a tree if you’re not taking a photo of it? Yes. Yes, there is. Go for a stroll and look at everything around you. Feel your feet on the ground with every step. Feel the breeze on your face. Breathe.
5. Call a friend.
Sometimes we just need to hear a familiar voice. Call that person you’ve been meaning to catch up with and give yourself permission to chat about anything that’s on your mind. Feel like there’s no time? Say something like, “I only have a few minutes, but I was thinking of you and wanted to say hi and hear how you’ve been.” That way you can keep the conversation short if time is short, or if talking on the phone feels like a daunting commitment.
6. Capture a moment… yes, selfies count.
Sometimes photography can help you see things a little differently, shift your perspective, even. That freckle you don’t like? Take a picture of it anyway. It deserves to be captured! Your windowsill full of plants? Lay on the floor and photograph it from an angle you usually don’t see (unless you lay on the floor a lot… no judgment).
7. Write down 3 things you’re grateful for.
Last but certainly not least… practice gratitude. It will 100% change your life, we promise. Even if your kid just pooped on the good rug and your father-in-law’s snoring kept you up and everything feels horrible, take a literal minute and remind yourself of what’s good right now. Then write another three tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day. Until forever.