Living in Western Oregon has its perks. With all the moisture we get, the entire area is always green even in the winter. But around the end of January, after a winter of rain and gray days, I start to get a case of the winter “Blahs”. Things are a soggy mess, I’ve been inside WAY too much, and my attitude starts to suffer. Which isn’t good for anyone that has to deal with me.
What to do when you’re feeling winter weighing on you? Here’s a list of 10 things under $10 that just might help!
- Fresh Flowers – The next time you’re in the grocery store, check out the floral section. For under $10 you can pick up a beautiful mix. Or grab two bundles of one type of flower for a classic look. Re-cut them stems, put them in your favorite vase. Instant sunshine.
- Try a new Tea –To me, there is nothing like a nice hot cup of tea when the days are gray and cold. My local grocery had a special on Celestial Seasonings tea the other day. 2 for $5. I picked up Tension Tamer and Honey Vanilla Chamomile, two new to me flavors. Both winners in my tea book.
- Scented Bar Soap –In this area, artisan soaps are a big thing. My favorites are the ones with a goat milk base. Try something with a hint of mint for a little energizing aroma-therapy.
- Try a new lipstick – Yes, I know, a good tube of lipstick is going to cost you more than $10. But how many times have you really wanted to try a color that is nothing like you normally wear? Check out the selection by Rimmel or Wet and Wild in the beauty section. You can probably even try two colors for under $5. Who knows, you might just find a new favorite.
- Journal – Not just any journal, but a Brain Dump journal. Buy yourself an inexpensive notebook, one that you can easily tear the pages out of, and a pen that feels good to write with. Now, when your head is full of negative and you want to scream at the injustice of 12 continuous days of rain and you know for a fact that nobody wants to hear you rant, write it in your journal. All of it. Every last thing that’s eating away at you. Write it all until you can’t write anymore. Don’t worry about spelling, sentence structure, or if any of it makes any sense to anyone but you. And then, and this is the most important part, tear your writing out of the journal, grab a match and head outside to a safe place and BURN IT. You have no idea how good this feels until you do it. Just be careful and don’t burn the house down…
- Split Chinese – I’ve long been convinced that Chinese food has special mental healing properties. Years ago, when I was raising kids and money was super tight, going to lunch with a friend was a rare luxury. Just about the time I was wallowing in despair and seriously considering running away from home, my friend Sandy would come by and say “let’s spit Chinese”. In those days you could get a lunch special for $5 and a bottomless pot of tea, so for $2.50 I got the perfect amount of delicious Chinese food (they always give you more than enough for one), all the tea I could drink and good conversation with a funny friend which is always a mood booster. Do it. Grab $5, a funny friend and hit the Chinese place.
- Download an Uplifting Book- Now it’s easier than ever to get a good book to read. And you’ll be amazed at how many are under $10.
- Be a Local Tourist – Get out of the house! How long has it been since you visited your local Museum or other “tourist” areas in your hometown? I live less than 30 minutes from the beach, yet I get so wrapped up in life that I forget that it’s there. When I do take a few hours to sit and watch the waves, the winter blues seem to slip away.
- Take the “Road Less Traveled” – Gas prices have come down enough that you can pack a lunch, put $10 in your gas tank and explore the back roads. Day trippin. Oh yeah…
- Dance in the Rain – If you can’t beat it…. dance in it. Throw on your old shoes, grab a jacket and an umbrella, and go stomp in puddles. Let your inner child come out and chase the “blah’s” away!