Beat the winter blues on a budget!

Does winter have you singing the blues?  It’s about this time of the year when I start to feel like Winter is never going to end.  The endless cold and snow just gets me down!  Here are some of my ideas to beat the winter blues on a budget:

Make Summer plans

Start planning your spring or summer activities.  This is a great way to forget the cold momentarily and have  some plans to look forward to!

Buy a bouquet of spring flowers

This is my favourite way to perk myself up!  Tulips and daffodils are an affordable option to bring some life and colour into your home.  I’ve seen daffodils as low as $1.99/bunch in the past.

Pamper yourself

Get your hair cut, get a manicure/pedicure or do your nails yourself.  Pick a bright cheery colour for your nails.  Spend some time making yourself pretty!

Try something new

Have you been wanting to try an art class or a pottery class?  Do it.  (Check out your local recreation or art center for budget friendly options.) Enjoy baking or cooking?  Try an entirely new recipe that may challenge you a bit further.

Exercise

Bundle up and head out for a long walk.  Try out some snowshoes.  Put in a fun exercise video.  It’s a proven fact that exercise releases endorphins that make you happy, more relaxed and more alert!

Invite a friend over for coffee or tea

I tend to hibernate in the winter months so inviting a friend over or inviting myself over to a friend’s, really is a great pick me up!  It’s so nice to indulge in great conversation and if you have children, a great excuse for a play date.

Read a book

Stop in at your local library and pick up some books that take place in the summer months or that will “take you away”!

What are your favourite ways to beat the winter blues on a budget?