Y’all, is Jack Frost already starting to nip at your nose? Hard to believe that our corner of the earth is close to turning full circle to the coldest season of the year again. Before we even know it, it’s back to dark and weary mornings, dark and gloomy evenings, and a chill in the air that never quite goes away. These seasonal changes change us, don’t they?
While the so-called winter blues are not always easy to combat, ideas are all the while in abundance for you to maintain your “get up and go” outside of your house all season long. Without further ado, let’s take a gander at a few ways to beat the winter blues in your backyard.
Seek Out the Sunlight
Little darling, this winter doesn’t have to feel long and hard. Being outdoors is key to beating the blues. The sun still comes out to say hello some days. Even on the days when it’s cloudy and cool, we’re still the recipients of UV rays that revive our lethargic selves. Get outside to enjoy your outdoor space and get your daily dose of sunshine.
You can leave your backyard for a brisk walk or run in the neighborhood or have fun with family or friends with games and activities. Watch the sunrise or sunset, take photographs of the snow, or have a picnic and drink some cocoa. I recommend y’all bundle up!
Get Hygge With It
Perhaps you’re already familiar with this term. Hygge, pronounced hoo-guh, is a Danish word with no true translation to English. The closest we can get is cozy. Hygge is one of the best ways to beat the winter blues in your backyard, as winter is the most hygge time of year. Often misunderstood as an aesthetic lifestyle appeal, hygge is about finding comfort and contentment in the moment.
Hygge isn’t something we can buy but rather a strong feeling that relates to relaxation. Actual hygge can be anything from a warm cup of coffee to a long chat with a friend. Getting hygge with it in your yard is the perfect method to warm up inside and out. Cozy up with friends and family, gather up blankets, lights, candles, and assemble a superhero team around a bonfire to combat the winter blues. Don’t forget the marshmallows.
Winter isn’t One-Size-Fits-All
Your backyard is your own personal space and haven. While enjoying your outdoor space is prime during summertime, keep in mind the advantages of having an outdoor space that can be utilized year-round. I recommend considering an addition to your outdoor living space such as a cover or a nice external heat source.
Benefits will abound if you choose to construct a patio roof or install a pergola. With such choices of coverings to protect from the elements, you don’t need to sacrifice the outside. Winter isn’t a season that’s one-size-fits-all, so make the most of it to brighten up your life and those around you.