5 Things Friday: Ways To Brighten Up Your January

January really is the worst month ever. It's not only super depressing because the holidays have passed, but it's also cold and dreary allll the time. I don't think we've seen the sun in here Kentucky for two weeks straight!

As someone who LOVES to be outside and NEEDS to feel the sun on my skin on a regular basis, winter is really hard for me. But I've learned that instead of being sad and depressed about it, we can choose to make the best of it. Winter will never be my favorite time of the year, BUT there are some things you can do to make it more tolerable. Here are a few things that help me:

1)Read books
Since you're cooped up inside more in the winter, it's a great time to read some books. I go to the library about once a month stock up on a few books to read. I love fiction, especially mystery novels, but I also try to read a non-fiction Christian based book once every couple months as well. I love curling up on the couch on a cold winter day with a warm blanket, a cup of coffee, and a good book.
2)Have a weekly game or movie night
This is something my husband and I like to do on a weekend night-turn off the TV, put our phones away, and play a game! We have a couple of card games we like to play-Quiddler and Five Crowns, and sometimes we even just play Mario Kart(even though I'm waaaay too competitive and throw a tantrum when I lose). You could also have a weekly movie night with popcorn and hot chocolate!

3)Go to the gym
When it's cold and dreary out, sometimes all you want to do is stay at home in your comfy clothes. But I really believe that helps to GET OUT of the house and get your body moving. Just put on some cute workout clothes, and get to the gym, even if you don't feel like it. For me, it's something about the bright lights and all the people working hard that just lifts me up a little, at least for that one hour or so. All you need is a quick 30 minute, full body workout, and you really will feel so much better.

4)Get outside
Yes, I know it's cold. The last thing you want to do sometimes is go outside. But I'm telling you, there's something refreshing and invigorating about going for a quick walk in the fresh air, no matter how cold it is outside. Just bundle up!
See how happy they are?

5)Plan some fun indoor activities. 
In the Spring-Fall, the last thing I want is to be indoors, but winter is a great time to do some fun indoor activities, like bowling, the movies, laser tag, ice skating(my favorite!) or indoor go-karts. My hubby and I enjoy eating out more often in the winter, and it's the only time I can actually get him go to the movies with me, since summer days are spent relaxing in the pool. It's also a great time of year to get things done around the house and tackle some of those projects you've been putting off.

What are some things that help you get through the winter? 


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