We’ve all heard of some wacky holidays (International Tongue Twister Day, National Kick Butt Day and Chocolate Covered Cherry Day) but the month of February contains one of the wackiest holidays around. That’s right, Feb. 20 is Hoodie-Hoo Day, a day when those living in the Northern Hemisphere, tired of the cold temperatures and bare trees that accompany the winter season, step outside their humble abodes at noon, wave their hands over their heads and shout “Hoodie-Hoo” to chase away the grimness of winter and usher in bright and beautiful spring days. In addition to taking part in this time-honored tradition, there are a number of other ways to fight the feelings of cabin fever that come along with being cooped up inside all season. So this Feb. 20, shout “Hoodie-Hoo” and take advantage of the chance to get your mind off of winter by following these simple steps.
Clean for Spring
A great way to prepare for spring and combat cabin fever is to start your spring cleaning just a little bit early. Spring cleaning generally symbolizes getting rid of the old and starting fresh, just as the flowers and trees start blooming again. Starting your cleaning early also means that when the weather finally turns nice, you won’t be stuck inside catching up on all that cleaning you should have been doing during the winter. So break out the feather duster and vacuum and clean your winter woes away.
Switch It Off
In honor of Hoodie-Hoo Day, try to turn off the television and computer for an entire day each week and revitalize your brain energy by picking up the written word. Whether you are reading that novel you started but never got around to finishing or the latest celebrity gossip in a magazine, it will only do you good to spend more time reading.
Switch It Up
So you’ve got your three-mile treadmill run down, or you’ve mastered the art of working out on the elliptical machine for precisely 42 minutes. It’s great to exercise regularly, but too much of the same thing will have you stuck in a rut, and there’s nothing worse when you’re stuck inside during the winter. Attend a yoga class at your local YMCA or nearest gym, or try your hand at spinning or Zumba. Making just a simple change in your workout routine will have you feeling revitalized in no time.
Make a concerted effort to introduce yourself to a neighbor or coworker that you’ve seen around regularly but haven’t spoken to yet. You never know, you might just make a new friend. Also, make a point to write, call or email old friends and family. Even if you’re not going out, taking the time to connect with somebody on a personal level will raise your spirits.
Start an Indoor Garden
One of the best things about spring is being around all the blooming flowers, green, leafy trees and fresh vegetables. The good news is that you can replicate this sensation right in your home, and even during the winter, too. Indoor gardens have become all the rage, and the benefits are undisputed: they help liven up your space, can help to purify stale air and, if you’re growing vegetables, you’ll save money on ingredients and trips to the supermarket. Most home and garden supply stores have starter kits to help, but if you feel like going it on your own, just pick up a few packets of seeds, some potting soil and growing containers and you’ll be well on your way.
Plan a Vacation
There’s no better way to look forward to the coming of spring than by booking a vacation to a warm locale. Whether you plan to travel to the stunning beaches of Thailand, cruise your way to Mexico or take a road trip to the coast of Florida’s Panhandle, getting your mind off the blahness of winter and onto the thought of lazily lounging on a beach somewhere will do wonders for your spirit.
Take On a Project
Keep yourself busy during the cold winter months by taking on some kind of craft project. Head out to your local Goodwill or a flea market and purchase an inexpensive piece of furniture, and spend your time trying to fix it up. Pick up a book or do some research online on DIY craft tips, and get to painting, sanding and reupholstering. Even if it doesn’t turn out to be the piece of your dreams, you can always sell it at your next garage sale in the spring.
Set a Goal
Whether it’s filing your taxes early, finally getting around to sorting through old documents or archiving digital photos from past trips, have a goal in mind that you will accomplish by the time spring rolls around. Of course, make sure the goal can reasonably be met within a few months. And even if you don’t end up organizing every single recipe, that’s okay, too. The simple fact that you made an attempt means you’ve taken a healthy step forward.
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