How to Make the Most of Lazy Winter Months

Do you ever feel like you have less energy in the winter months?

Me too.

As someone who loves to be productive and cross things off to-do lists, I have always resented winter for its draining nature. It’s pretty frustrating to have all of the desire to do things but none of the motivation to actually do them.

However, lately I’ve approached my relationship with the bleak season a little differently, and honestly, I’ve never been happier.

My approach is this: I’m embracing my hibernation season.

Hibernation mode. How many times have I made the lame joke that I wish I could just hibernate until spring returned? When I got to thinking about it, just because we can’t literally hibernate doesn’t mean we aren’t kind of doing it.  Sometimes it feels like we’re just waiting our days away, wishing for warmer days.

We tend to equate “lack of activity” with “lack of purpose,” but our recharge time is just as important, if not more, as our active time.

How can we hibernate but still feel like we had a productive and meaningful season? Below are a few of the ways we can make the most of winter from the comfort of our own home.

  • Absorb knowledge: Read books, watch documentaries, research anything.
    What better time to expand your mind than when all you feel like doing is laying under the covers? A great way to be productive on the couch or in bed is to learn.  Einstein once said, “I have no special talent; I am only passionately curious.”  Follow your curiosity, and have fun with it!
  • Dive into any hobbies you normally wouldn’t make time for when you’re more active.
    You know those things we say we love to do but never actually do them? Winter is a great time to return to those. For me, it’s scrapbooking and reading.  What hobbies have you been neglecting–or are there any hobbies you’ve been wanting to try?
  • Plan for your spring & summer plans and goals.
    What are you looking forward to in the spring and summer that you could prepare for now?  For me, it’s hiking.  Instead of being bummed that I hate the cold and don’t want to hike in it, I plan on researching trails I can explore once it’s warmer; that way when I’m ready to go, I already have plenty of options ready.
  • Reflect inward/journal.
    This one is my favorite, and I’ve been doing a lot of it lately. Taking time to reflect on your life and identify habits you want to build and quit is so rewarding.  Seeing your thoughts and feelings physically in front of you really helps you honestly get to know yourself better and realize ways you can improve parts of your life.

It’s easy to get down on yourself during this dreary season, but remember that this stillness has its own purpose in your life in the same way the excitement of summer does.  What are some ways you can use this time at home to your advantage?