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Beat Winter Weather Blues with These Hot Ideas

Winter can be a mood-killer for those of us who enjoy warm weather. We often bundle up, cross our mitten-covered fingers and hope every year that spring comes early. However, the cold weather and large amounts of time spent indoors doesn’t have to ruin your mood. Turn this chilling season into an entertaining and productive winter.

Follow those New Year’s Resolutions – Did you promise to exercise, cook healthier food or organize your finances? Pop in your favorite workout DVD to escape indoor boredom or crack open the cookbooks that have been gathering dust on your bookshelf. Winter weather gives you an excuse to stay inside and check some of your toughest challenges off of your New Year’s to-do list.

Enjoy a sunny vacation – It’s always summer somewhere in the world. Flee to warmer climates with a vacation in Hawaii, Bora Bora, Buenos Aires or somewhere with sunny days during our winter months. A road trip to Southern California may even be worth your while if you’re looking for a cheaper or closer trip.

Build your dream home – Stuck inside? Why not refresh your environment with a home renovation? Anything from repainting the walls to adding a little extra lighting to brighten up your living room can spruce up your home. Start with this handy checklist on how to get started and talk to your local agent to make sure your upgraded home is properly covered.

Enjoy tasty winter fruits and vegetables – You’re not stuck with just apples and bananas during the cold months. Winter brings a wide variety of tasty and exotic leafy greens and other produce. Stop by your local farmers market or grocery store for healthy munchies like kiwi, collard greens, tangerines, passion fruit and several others.

Pick a hobby, any hobby – You can learn almost anything from YouTube these days. Maybe it’s time to fulfill that burning desire to become a master bird watcher, so you want to brush up on your bird calls before spring comes around. Or maybe you’ll finally have time to dust off the guitar that’s been sitting in the back of your closet for the last few years. Once you’ve tuned it, you’re on the right track.

Enjoy the beauty only winter can bring – Get creative with your winter fun. Build a giant snowman, catch snowflakes with your family or make nature boats for the rain.

Snuggle up with a good book or movie with some hot cocoa, kettle corn and other sweets. Relax and indulge.

Here are a few more ideas to add to your winter to-do list:

  • Make sure your car is winter-ready
  • Refresh the emergency kits in your car and home
  • Take inventory of personal items to make sure they are covered under your insurance policy
  • Get a head start on spring cleaning
  • Volunteer at your favorite non-profit organization
  • Clean out your email inbox to fewer than 100 emails
  • Spend more time with family