You see it everywhere. January in Maine is hard! The glow (and distraction) of the holidays is past and winter lies ahead like a barren tundra. In fact, if you aren’t careful, everything can start to feel like a barren tundra. Yes, of course we should be on the slopes or at the gym or baking for the neighbors, but come on! most of us don’t.
Time for an adjustment! Here are five ways to shift your focus from barren tundra to lush soil, without freezing your tush off.
- Put up a sign that says: “Every day is lighter and lighter.” (It’s true, December 21st was the shortest day of the year. From here on out, the days just get longer!)
- Go to free night at the Portland Museum of Art. (Every Friday night thanks to L.L. Bean. And parking right next door, so no long walks in the cold.) Take your time, walk past what doesn’t grab you, let the pieces that do seep into your soul. Then linger over a warm latte at any one of the three coffee shops within a stone’s throw.
- Plan a faux vacation. It doesn’t matter if you can afford it; all the fun is in the planning. Go online. Go to a travel agency and grab some brochures with lush beaches and pictures of you being pampered. Then imagine the entire vacation. Feel the warmth, taste the cocktails, luxuriate in having no demands – all without leaving your living room.
- Renovate your house in your head – in detail. Choose the colors and counters and hinges, every detail right down to the pictures on the wall. See yourself sitting in the new house and tell each other detailed stories about what it’s like. Again, it’s all in the anticipation. Your mind reaps the benefits whether you can follow through or not.
- Rent DVDs that take place in warm climates. No kidding. If it’s a good one, you’ll actually feel like you are there. You’ll be shocked to look outside and see that it’s still cold.
So there’s a start. It’s all about imagination. Your mind is not so terrific at distinguishing between reality and vivid imagination, so give it a hand and it will take you to a different place without taking you to the bank. Before long June will be here and you can open your eyes, refreshed and ready to enjoy life the way it was meant to be – Maine in the summer.
Chris Trout is a transformative life coach and international speaker. Learn more.
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