Ways to De-Winterize

For some of us in this world, the winter season after the holidays can be a long period. Where I live everyday, I have to bring in some extra light to help with short days. That is also true for most of the people around me.

Another big negative to winter is staying inside on the couch too much. During winter, just like the summer, everyone must get out and about. One of my greatest exercises is shoveling a little snow every day. Another option is to take a walk with a friend or your dog. Just get up and get out there! Your bones and muscles will thank you.

Then there is the d-word…….depression. I am not an expert on this one. I just know what others say. People need to talk about their feelings to other people. Find a friend, find religion that is comfortable for you, find a companion, find a pet, find a hobby, and then start finding positives to replace the negatives. Remember….you are in control of you……..

Another way to “de-winterize” is to leave the cold by taking a winter vacation. If you go to a warm spot for a week, or two, winter just got shorter. But this usually only works for people who don’t have school-age kids.

Whatever you do to make the next few monthes shorter, have fun doing it. April isn’t far away. And, soon, it will be May.



Inhale…..Hold……Exhale……Repeat, If Necessary.

When you buy a bottle of shampoo, the instructions on the back say, “Lather, Rinse, and Repeat.”

After you have had kids, and all of that loud noise is created by those playful children within the once-quiet rooms of your home, remember the shampoo instructions…..but replace them with the words, “Inhale……Hold……Exhale…..Repeat.”

Continue repeating this process until the stress level goes down. Then, and, only then, should you approach the young ones and quietly remind them to use their indoor voices during their playtime inside. Also, remember, you need to use YOUR indoor voice, too.

Other times where this stress-relieving process can be helpful is when other types of events are beyond your control. There are many examples of these, including:

1. driving in heavy traffic with the kids in the back seat not wanting to stay in their seats

“Hey, let’s play with this frisbee I left under the seat.”

2. waiting in long lines outside without an umbrella while it rains

“So these portable buildings save the state some money.”

3. being put on hold by your electric company during a power outage

“Are there any humans working today?”

4. waiting to see the only doctor-on-call at the Emergency Room

“The doctor will be able to look at your bleeding head in about one hour.”

5. getting stopped for a traffic violation in front of a friend or relative’s home

“Hi, Dad! Yeah, I remember what you told me about speeding.”

6. running out of money at the laundromat while all of your clothes are in the washer

“Do you have a big bag I can carry my wet clothes in until I get more change.”

7. learning that you forgot your wallet after eating out at a restaurant

“How many hours of dishwashing do I have to do?”

8. being invited to a Halloween costume party on October 31st without a costume

“Don’t you have any costumes left for men?”

9. being flagged by TSA, as suspicious, while going through airport security

“No, I have never left the United States.”

10. learning that your window seat on the airplane is next to one man who has brought

his collection of polka songs to listen to during the six-hour flight, and a woman,

who was allowed to keep her loud chihuahua with her on the plane.

“Hello, stewardess, are there any empty seats available on the plane?”

Whenever possible, the use of relaxing portable music to go along with this breathing process can be helpful. If this doesn’t help, you might try the bottle of shampoo. Have a good one!

Welcome to the New Year

Welcome to 2019! Say good-bye to 2018! A new year means new ways to live and play throughout each day.

Everyone comes up with resolutions for the new year to get a fresh start on the new calendar.

However, the hard part has always been hanging on to those resolutions as the days get longer.

I always come up with a few resolutions for a new year. Some I can keep. Some I have failed at in the worst ways. I have been good at weight loss, quitting smoking, saving money and managing my time a little better. However, other resolutions, like home projects, outdoor projects, items that cost more money, etc…., those usually hit the back-burner every year on the priority list.

For this year, one of my resolutions is to continue working on my well-being. I figure the better I feel, the better everyone around me will feel. When I smile, the people around me will smile. When I laugh, the people around me will laugh. When I am happy, those around me will be happy. So, as we say hello to 2019, feel optimistic this year will be better than last year, and put on a smile.