3 Ways to create happiness during the winter, give yourself joy this holiday season!
In the dark hours of winter at 6 PM, I think about getting into my bed and drifting off to sleep, feeling depressed that it is no longer light enough or warm enough for an evening stroll along the Susquehanna River, a block away from my apartment in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
While I can’t change the fact that winter is here, I don’t need to let it determine my mood, productivity level, or mindset.
I make an effort to do what feels good, enjoy the little things, and spend more time reading, learning, and connecting virtually for positive support. Here are three things I’ve done to help me find calm and happiness throughout the winter. ’Tis the season!
1) Feeling good can bring happiness
Taking time for self-care during the winter can be the most important part of creating happiness in your life. If you are feeling sad, ask yourself why, and start to identify what in your life brings you joy, and what doesn’t. Do you enjoy hiking? How about yoga? Maybe you want to feel calmer and building a meditation practice into your day is important, but you haven’t managed to be consistent.
If you haven’t ever journaled, it might bring you a bit of cheer to write out where you’d like to be in 3 years, and then identify steps to reach these goals. You can even start to create a vision of what life will look like for you, where you’ll live, who is with you, and how you spend your time. I’ll be sharing my “word” for 2021 inside the FCH community! What’s your word?
2) Being Productive allows you to feel a sense of accomplishment
Identify what you enjoy doing indoors and find new fun ways to spend time. Maybe you have been meaning to read a novel with a cozy blanket and a cup of tea. Maybe it is time for you to dig into work a bit, launch that new product, or start that new project.
When I moved to my new apartment instead of buying curtains for my kitchen windows, I finally made time to create a sliding curtain that I’d wanted to do for YEARS and finally prioritized. I have shared the blog post about this and so many people have enjoyed seeing my progress. My mother was so happy that I brought back life to my grandfather’s slides, which were sitting in albums for 40 years.
The point is I found interesting and new ways to create, explore, and design my “happiness roadmap” as we talked about in the recent Find Calm Here Podcast, Find Calm and Happiness with Bitsy. You can listen to this and other episodes by subscribing here.
“For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.”― Ralph Waldo Emerson
3) Midset is the key to your happy day
Today I woke up and filled my cup with coffee, walking into my living room to sit in my chair, a daily morning practice which includes journaling, reading, and meditation. I went to set my coffee cup down and somehow spilled it all over my chair (white). I looked at my boyfriend who was up surprisingly early and said “That’s a great way to start a day… and I have to write about happiness today!” feeling upset that I now had to spend time cleaning my chair.
After I did a bit of journaling, I went into my bedroom, laid on the bed, and started my meditation app. After 15 minutes, I got up and realized the chair being stained isn’t that big a deal. I threw a towel on it and sat down. “I can just buy another seat cushion from Ikea,” I said to my boyfriend.
Life is what you make it, and I can choose to be angry about my clumsy coffee spill, or just move on with my day and be thankful I have a warm, comfy blanket and chair to write in right now.
Gratitude has helped me more than practice over the past few years to be happy. Even when I was in debt, living in a tiny bedroom in my mom’s house, or sitting in traffic on my commute to a job I didn’t like, I realized I was thankful for a home, a car, and a job. I’m also grateful for this awesome community and I can’t wait to hear your story of gratitude and joy!
Come bring the joy, laugher and create your own happiness
Spend an hour with Bitsy McCann, self-proclaimed Happiness Expert, and Find Calm Here partner, as she walks you through your own happiness exploration. Join the Find Calm Here Community to attend this talk (Dec 9th @ 7 pm) for free. You can register here!
About our fearless leader~” My name is Bitsy, and I’m a strategic branding, marketing, and graphic design professional. Though I absolutely love my work, I am even more passionate about connecting with people and helping them see the beauty and magic within themselves. It’s not always easy to love yourself where you’re at, but it is absolutely possible (and necessary!).”
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