Tips For The Winter Blues

By Latest Reply 2009-02-07 17:14:31 -0600
Started 2009-01-04 07:40:03 -0600

Now that the holiday rush is over and the winter blues have started to set in, we find ourselves with nothing to look forward to. As is the case of most people I have talked to. But there are things you can do that will make the days pass faster, especially if you pick a long term project. And, remember homemade does not mean it has to be perfect, it is your own added touches that make your item unique and specia.
Now, My first suggestion is a hand made quilt. Something you can do sitting. You can buy squares precut at store and even cheaper on ebay. and simply hand sew together, put a few, a dozen or so in front of you and move them around until you see a design that catches your eye. Usually mixing solids with prints. You can buy magazines with patterns, but you do not have to if you have an imagination. Simply slip stitch the pieces together, and if you don't want a rugged look, fold edges face to face, then slip stitch on face forward a 1/4 inch above edge, or from behing a simple back stitch closely together, so stitches don't show if that is what you wish, do in lengths you desire, than sew lengths together. You can hand sew to a plain backing, and fill with an old clean blanket. Finish off with some knots stitches throughout to hold together. Sorry, got carried away.
You can start a small business on ebay selling some stuff you just want to get rid of, earn money and get rid of stuff too. A lot of men I know do this, with auto parts, etc.
Go online and do some web search; learn spanish, Italian, German, etc. Educate yourself with whatever you want, It is all out there.
Read some good books, cheap ones easily obtained at thrift stores, sometimes a full bag for a dollar.
Crossword puzzles, table puzzles, internet games or game discs for computers. Try to put your concentration in a good place, and doing something you enjoy will make the winter go by really fast. I remember one year, I built a doll house out of scratch for my daughter, and it took a long time, with different types of wood, balsam and such, different cuts and thicknesses, paints, old material and pictures. You put yourself into a project like this and make it personal for any child. Often men like to make bird houses, not just men though. mailbox covering or painting. Paint by numbers, Go to your local craft supply store and check it out cause there is so much to choose from, and you could get a start on Christmas presents for next year, the stores are lowering their prices right now and want to sell, and making your own is really not expensive. Well, I went on too long, but just think about what you can do to make the winter blues go away, esp if completely housebound. If not, you could join a bowling club, or something like that. Take a class once a week, of something you want to learn. You get the idea; sorry to make this so long. Oops, one more idea, save or adopt a pet. They are a pleasure and really nice to have in those long winter days and nights.

25 replies

ladydee 2009-02-07 17:14:31 -0600 Report

I found your tips for the winter blues to be very inspirational. My mind is just bubbling with ideas. Thank you for sharing.

ladydee 2009-02-07 17:14:30 -0600 Report

I found your tips for the winter blues to be very inspirational. My mind is just bubbling with ideas. Thank you for sharing.

2009-01-27 06:01:03 -0600 Report

I can tell you, that just reading the quotes everyone has posted on my discussions are a great way to pass some time, and help you feel better in the process.

2009-02-05 06:20:57 -0600 Report

I have decided to keep writing this winter; I have started my autobiography and have finished quite a bit. Now I think I will redo on my computer so I can download on disk.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-05 08:09:48 -0600 Report

Came back to this discussion to get more ideas. I am having cabin fever syndrome? I have took my classes for the criss center, but due to the weather and my mother won't drive in the snow, I will start in April and really looking foward to this. I am scrapebooking and getting some indoor exercises, but should probably do more. I am tired at looking at the walls 24/7. Now that I broke my wrist I am limited even more. I would like more suggestions to keep myself occupied. Thanks everyone !!..

2009-02-05 10:52:05 -0600 Report

Debe; Which wrist is broken, I had not heard this; let me know so I can figure out what you can do. I have slot games on disk, and I love them and they only take one finger to play; also, table puzzles, and crosswords; word finds and circles.

Puzzles keep your eyes and one hand busy, and if you get one you really like (or more) you won't be able to put away til done. Try shopping online for indoor puzzles; if you see anything for ebay, they are the most reasonable

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-02-05 11:01:34 -0600 Report

Of course I broke the wrist on the hand I use all the time and write with. I don't think I could pick up the pieces and place them in the right place because of the muscle loss which included both hands but have better control with my left, but if you can give me computer ideas that would be gre at because I am able to use one hand to type on the computer. I can't scrapebook with one hand, thats put on hold for at least 4 weeks. Thanks Claudia, I knew you could come up with some ideas for me…Debe

ladydee 2009-01-22 09:14:01 -0600 Report

Hello, nice to meet you. I just joined within an hour ago. I am impressed with the many tips and ideas to combat the wqinter blues. Most of the times I'm sitting in front of the computer or television with an occasional stare, thinking too much about my current problems which doesn't help matters any.
I like the quilting idea. I always thought that quilting was boring, but not anymore. I actually want to start quilting now. I've also thought about volunteering Thank you so much and God Bless you.

ladydee 2009-01-22 09:13:54 -0600 Report

Hello, nice to meet you. I just joined within an hour ago. I am impressed with the many tips and ideas to combat the wqinter blues. Most of the times I'm sitting in front of the computer or television with an occasional stare, thinking too much about my current problems which doesn't help matters any.
I like the quilting idea. I always thought that quilting was boring, but not anymore. I actually want to start quilting now. I've also thought about volunteering Thank you so much and God Bless you.

shannonlynn 2009-01-04 22:24:35 -0600 Report

I love to read and I also write. This allows time to go by fast.

2009-01-05 06:39:45 -0600 Report

Beautiful piece; Winter Illusions, I loved it, thanks for sharing. I write too. and have illustrated and written and published a self help book called "The use of Abuse Workbook" It has done so well that I need to find someone to buy publishing rights, because mine are just about all sold out and can not afford to have them made on my own.

shannonlynn 2009-01-17 11:04:34 -0600 Report

Thank you. I write for a site called Triond. My works are published online, and it does not cost me anything. I get paid royalties from my work.

ladydee 2009-01-22 10:08:51 -0600 Report

Hi, please tell me more about Triond. I've been always told that I write real well and do believe that writing is in my blood. I like to help others, so if my words to be of comfort to those who need them, I'm your girl. I'll be 39 this year, Jan. 25, 1970. I was diagnosed with Type II diabetes thwo years ago with this year making it three. I need to lose a lot of weight and have been looking for motivation. I've read a few of your posts and found comfort in your courage and strength to persevere through your illness. I'm so grateful that I stumbled across diabetic connect today. This could be the answer to my prayers. Thank you and God Bless.

2009-01-24 07:55:12 -0600 Report

I am going to check out that site,too. I also have published poetry and stories.

2009-01-04 15:40:12 -0600 Report

I like to read. I also live in an apartment bldg., so there are days I will go to the lobby and sit and visit with my neighbors. This way I can catch up on the news of the building, discuss what's happening with everyone, and enjoy the group setting. There are days I set aside that I make phone calls to friends and family who I don't get to see often, or who don't get out much. I do this on days when I want human contact, but really don't feel like leaving my apartment. It keeps me in touch with people. I am not much into crafting and such, so that isn't an option for me. On nice days when I go out to do my grocery shopping, I always take extra time to take a drive, even a short one, just to get out of the apt. and into the fresh air. It may not be very interesting to some of you, but I enjoy myself. I also enjoy being on my computer, e-mailing friends, playing games, and, of course, being on this site.

2009-01-05 06:30:01 -0600 Report

Just because you have different likes and dislikes, does not mean you are not interesting. You have added some awesome advice in your reply. I too, like the fresh air. I feel so depressed like I am captive of my home, and can not get out, I open the windows in the middle of the winter, just to feel the outside, I sleep with a window open. I can not stand to be housebound, and whatever chance I get, pain or not, wheelchair, cane and all-I will get out, and I will drive. I love to open the windows and play my music, even open sun roof. Share the music with the world, and the birds,lol. You are a great addition on this site,so do not think differently, All of you have great things to say. Keep Posting——-Claudia

Anonymous 2009-01-04 11:41:32 -0600 Report

Very good advice to conquer winter blues and I have a few too. I am a candle lover, I spend alot of money on them for every room. so I burn candles that smell great like clean linen, sandalwood, and lavender. I also read books. I go to the library and get about 6 at a time and read them in the 2 week period. Plus they are free. I also am online alot during the day. I play games, do surveys for extra money and on this site. I also love my house to be organize so I clean out drawers and closets alot. Organize them in to categories and label them. Plus I have 2 dogs and 2 cats that keep me company and entertained. so I do not really get the winter blues because I love to do things.

2009-01-04 07:50:04 -0600 Report

Nice disussion as usual. I really want to comment on the pet comment. If you are in a position to love and care for a pet, you will have a friend for life. I have 3 cocker spaniels, Rudee, Ruben n Raven which I adore. I had a sitter stay with them when I went home to my parents. They yelled and jumped for 2 hours after they realized I was home. I'm divorced and live alone and it's a true pleasure to have them and enjoy them the way I do. They are really good for you when you are feeling down. Mine seem to know to do something funny to get my attention and make me laugh. I adore them and we help each other! :)

LadyDi - 26259Miller
LadyDi - 26259Miller 2009-01-04 08:08:02 -0600 Report

Or…you could go to Hawaii!! (LOL)

Angie is so right about pets, and her pups are precious. Or the 2 that were in the photo, anyway. For the past couple of years my daughter's dog and cat (my grandpets!) have been living with me. It was to help her out, and I wasn't happy about it at all. Not because I don't love the animals (or animals in general), but I didn't want the responsibiity, pet hair, etc. Well, even though they were already special to me, they are now my best friends and confidants. When she takes them back I'll really miss them. And they do keep me laughing, for sure. Thankfully they're both so well behaved and no trouble at all, unlike how my kids were when they were younger (LOL)! Never had THEM mind as well.

Seriously, winter is a gloomy and somewhat sad time, isn't it? We're shut in, in some cases, because of the weather, and the holidays seem to bring sadness and memories, etc. Staying as busy as possible (physically and/or mentally) helps. Taking stock of your blessings also helps. Go to lunch with a friend and just spend the afternoon chatting and doing absolutely nothing. It's a challenge, for sure, and takes a lot of work at times. I personally talk to God a lot - always, but perhaps a little more during those times when I'm feeling down. We have to remember that we're all going to feel down occasionally. Perfectly "normal" (whatever "normal" is).

2009-01-04 08:48:10 -0600 Report

All very good suggestions; and I have to say I love my two pekineses' too, Cuddles and Blueyes, father and son. The father is filled with spunk and plays and runs around, and also knows when I am upset or sick. Stays under my chair or right next to me. Blue had a back operation at age 3 and is not as active but loves to be cuddled. They are lap dogs with lots of love, and you are right, Ken, they give so much more than you can ever give back.
Another suggestion; I rent movies from blockbuster for about 3 months in the winter than cancel membership. About 15.00 a month for large plan, 8.00 for cheaper. It keeps my husband from boredom.

2009-01-19 16:42:02 -0600 Report

I have a father and son, set of pekineses', and they are all I can handle, but if something happens to one, I would have to replace him.

I found out a difficult lesson when my benji died and left my white peke, cuddles alone. He raised him and they slept together in the same bed.

One day he was in so much back pain (fairly common for small dogs that love to dance}. Anyway, they put him to sleep; He was fifteen, and most of his life he was in pain, just like my little peke; he's 8 years old but had back surgery, from neck to tale when he was almost 4, and he is really in pain now,tool

The lesson is dogs get very, very depressed if you take one away. THey have to smell the dog that passed, because they understand death, not disappearances

2009-01-04 07:41:04 -0600 Report

Wow, that really is long, I am sorry, but I hope it helps someone, thanks, lilmarm

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2009-01-04 08:25:31 -0600 Report

So what they longer, the more choice you have given everyone. I will take to heart and try a few of these thing from time to time. I want to try and get out to do a lot of volunteering now. I have a list of agency that are asking for volunteers here and see if the can accomadate me. I need something where I can sit most of the time. I am going to go to classes to volunteer for the crisis center with in the next 2 weeks because thats the next time for classes. I also think I want to donate time to the women shelter and maybe help out with some of the children there…

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