Happy Groundhog’s Day. Punxsutawney Phil has predicted an early Spring, but all I can think about is that it’s February. Oh February, my nemesis, the shortest month that feels the longest, the month where those winter blues really set in, and the month where I’m sapped of energy and just want to hibernate and marathon watch The X-Files. February is that month where that feeling that winter will never end sets in and the grey skies and slush feel like personal attacks. It’s rough.
Despite the fact that I do truly love winter, I still get those winter blues, and I still have a pretty rough time combatting them, especially in February. To combat the winter blues and the February blahs I’ve been making self-care a priority. I posted before about self care always being important, but I just need it so much more in the winter. Self care has definitely been a priority this winter, I had a lovely self care night with close friends and another friend started a great facebook group for talking about self care with friends. These have been great, but as February approached I thought I needed another kick. So I started thinking I should make a few goals to work on in February. The same day I was contemplating this idea I read Nicole’s post about February Small Goals and got inspired to do the same.
So here are my February Small Goals:
These are the 5 goals I’m going to focus on in February.
Run, bike, walk. Every day. This one is a big one for me, I usually do at least one of these every day, but when it’s dark, cold, and grey out I often just want to curl up in a ball instead. Pushing myself to do one every day will make me and my dog much happier since being outside and being active are a huge part of my self care.
Write letters/send cards. This is something that I love doing and winter is a great time to do this. I really love sitting down to write to close friends. And it’s a great surprise for whoever gets something fun in the mail! Maybe it’ll help them with their February blahs too.
Art projects. This one can be many things for me since I have many artsy hobbies. I often look forward to winter for the time to stay in and work on art projects, but I sometimes also struggle to find creative energy. I have a few crochet and sewing projects lined up for this one that I’m looking forward to working on.
Cook a new or favorite meal each week. This one is something I’m excited about because I have a habit of making the same things over and over because they are easy or quick. I also often get into cooking ruts where I’m not excited about cooking or eating anything, so I’m hoping to find some new fun recipes to try this month. My bestie got me a new cookbook for my birthday last month so this goal should be fun!
Drink tea at night… instead of alcohol. This one is sort of a reminder to slow down at night, take some time to relax, but also I’m going to drink tea instead of any alcohol at home for the month of February. I love drinking wine, but I find that when I’m already feeling a lack of energy that slowing down more with some wine isn’t always helpful. I also have a problem with staying hydrated and oversleeping, both are not helped by drinking wine at night!
So those are my small goals for February. I thought of more than five, but I don’t want my list to get too long or to have too many things to think about. Although, another thing I’m working on in February is not buying anything. My partner had the idea and I agreed to go along with it for the month. I like this idea because it’s a good chance to explore other ways to find entertainment and combat the February blahs with the things I already have at home. I’m also hoping it will help me focus on some of my home projects I’ve been putting off.
As much as I love curling up in blankets with The X-Files, my puppy, and a glass of wine, I could EASILY do that every single night of February and be content, but tv nights are often drain me of my energy. So here’s to a February that is more energizing and creative than it is gloomy and blah.
Do you have any small goals you’re working on in February?