Even if you don’t suffer from seasonal depression (lucky), these early sunsets can be a curveball. So winter lover Minerva Jayne joined the City Cast Boise podcast with Emma Arnold to give Boiseans some ideas on how to get through winter with a little more ease.
Listen to the episode for guidance on setting boundaries and what jewelry to wear, but here are a few tips to start putting into practice right away.
Appreciate the Outdoors Without Skiing
You don’t have to care about winter sports! Jayne said “The only thing I run is eyeliner, this mouth, and out of patience,” so you have her vote of confidence even if you aren’t dying to get up to Bogus this Thursday.
Also, try to lean into appreciating that the Treasure Valley gets all four seasons. Enjoy the fall colors and winter wonderland from your car or find a different kind of recreation. If you’re new, I recommend trying out a few hot springs to find “your spot,” which makes the winter a little more bearable.
Expect a Mild Winter, But Prepare for Snowmageddon
While you can enjoy the view of snowy mountains from our vantage point on the floor of old Lake Idaho, we really don’t see that much snow here.
That said, get your tires checked, make some extra room for non-perishables in the pantry, and make sure you have battery backups.
Plus, make sure that you have the things you want a lot of in the winter. If you’ve been collecting a pile of unread books over the year, make yourself a reading schedule and get to work. Stock up on your favorite teas or cocktail ingredients — being intentional about your preparation can make the dark nights more restful than unsettling.
Curate Your Surroundings
Instead of spring cleaning, Minerva recommends a fall cleaning while you’re already spending more time inside. Getting your indoor space just right goes a long way to making sure you want to spend time in it. Donate some old clothes and clean out your cupboards!
Then once you’ve done all that, rest up. Rid yourself of any guilt for relaxing — we’re animals, after all, and less sunshine and warmth means it’s time to rest.