Since I like to keep it real here on this tiny slice of blogland, I will tell you I am doing so much better than I did this time last year. I haven’t made it a secret, I don’t think, that I struggle with depression, and winter tends to kick my butt. This year, I am doing way better and I am attributing my well-being to three things. These aren’t a prescription for anyone else. They are simply what has worked for me.
1. I started hitting the treadmill in November. Hard.
Running is not for everyone. But for me, it is a release. I swear I can FEEL the endorphins release. I run. I sweat. I crank up my music. I feel better. I have found myself unable to feel depressed, and run at the same time. Just my experience. But I am swearing by the preventive maintenance that starting back up on a running routine has given me this winter. And I’m down a few pounds. That’s always a pick-me-up!
2. Aveda Tea.
It’s ridiculously expensive. My sweet mother-in-law gives me a box every Christmas and I LOVE IT. It’s hot. It doesn’t need any sugar or sweeteners. It just makes me feel good. So if I go through the whole box this month, so be it.
3. I learned to knit.
Again, my mother-in-law gets partial credit for this. She’s made all of our Christmas stockings by crocheting and I asked her if she knew how to knit. She said, “sort of – but you should take a class.”
So I called up my local knitting shop (called Knitwits – adorable) and did just that.
I took a few friends with me and we had a great time!
Loads of beautiful, snuggly, yarn, in a gorgeous rainbow of colors. How could you not want to make something?!
I loved the two ladies who own the shop. They were sweet as can be.
In just a couple of days I completed my first project, that my 5 year-old wanted to wear.
So, I run. And drink my tea. And knit.
And there’s something in all of that, that is just… good.
January isn’t so bad after all.