Finding time to relax after working hard feels good when we’ve earned our cozy moments.
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Living in the Northwoods of Wisconsin we spend a lot of time in the cold and snow.
Our fist snowfall usually comes around Halloween.
The last of the snowflakes tend to fall in April with one last storm.
All this snow can pile up into almost 100 inches of snow some years.
This year we are low on snow and that’s a big deal Up North.
So much of our economy is based on the tourism that comes to the area for snowmobiling, cross country skiing, pond hockey and other outdoor activities.
As of my writing, our snowmobile trails have not opened yet.
Along with all the snow, in winter our lakes freeze solid.
Solid enough to skate on, snowmobile across, even drive on out to your fish shanty to ice fish.
During this cold and usually snowy season we spend time out enjoying the activities of the area, but we also spend a lot of time getting cozy.
We love to slip on our slippers, curl up under throw blankets and sit by the roaring fire.
This time of hibernation, relaxation, rejuvenation and refreshing.
This time of cozy.
It is necessary.
It is healthy.
A favorite mantra I embrace is Earn Your Saturdays.
Work hard all week, give your all, do your best and then rest on the weekend.
I can say the same about being cozy, Earn Your Cozy.
We give so much to the other seasons, we can take extra time in winter to rest.
Some of my favorite ways to cozy:
- Read a can’t put down book.
- Flip through a stack of my favorite magazines.
- Watch a feel good series.
- Make some tea and have a long chat with my mom and dad on FaceTime.
- Enjoy a cocktail while visiting with my husband about the day.
- Watching football with the family.
- Sipping coffee and having my Quiet Time.
- Journal, plan, dream and write.
- Play a game with my kids.
Sometimes we need cozy moments because we are tired- physically, emotionally or spiritually.
The more we can be connected to our minds and bodies we will be able to understand our feelings and evaluate our need for rest.
We need to give ourselves the permission and grace to be still.
Adding cozy to our rest is a way to show ourselves love and to our family and friends who visit.
Cozy Warm Drinks
Keep the makings for favorite warm drinks on hand whether a self serve station or ready to make often.
- Hot chocolate (in K-cups for your Keurig, pre-made or homemade in a jar with your kettle.)
- Tea (sipped from a vintage tea cup, from a bag, from a pot, from leaves)
- Coffee (warming our hands in a mug; decaf, latte, with cream and sugar)
A warm drink has the cozy factor to make homework seem easier, problems lift a bit, relaxation begin quicker and warmth to hit from the inside out.
Click on these images to shop tea favorites.
Cozy Baked Goods
Another way to get cozy is to spend some time baking if time in the kitchen brings you peace.
Take some time to bake through some recipes that look delicious to you to find a few or even one to be a signature treat for you to enjoy and share with others.
I have a friend that spends her winter Sundays baking a different cookie each week then packaging them up to share with coworkers.
Maybe bake a coffee cake to keep under a cake saver then invite a neighbor or friend over to enjoy a slice, offer a piece if someone stops by, or enjoy a chunk with your morning coffee lingering over each bite.
Enjoy taking time to find the scent that brings calm to your world.
Maybe it’s a candle, an essential oil diffuser or a simmer pot on the stove.
Certain fragrances can instantly relax me.
There are some fragrances in my shower products and bath items that are so soothing.
I have loved building a routine with fragrances.
- When I am home I light a candle on my kitchen counter.
- Each morning after my workout I shower with THIS BODY WASH just before I turn my shower to cold for two minutes.
- I keep THIS LOTION in my purse, in my car, in my desk and beside my bed.
- In my diffuser I have essential oils.
I like to decorate the after Christmas season with simple decor that reflects the view outside my window.
Ceramic trees like these give a nod to the snow flocked trees in our yard and woods.
You can see more of my winter decor in THIS POST.
There are lots of places to find inspiration for how to cozy.
Get Make Yourself Cozy by Katie Vaz HERE.
It’s also good to remember that earning and needing cozy might not only happen in winter.
We may need a season of rest at any time during the year after a hard experience, exhausting work load or emotional moments.
Sometimes I need moments of cozy even during the course of a week.
I may get home after a frustrating day and need to just be.
Just be quiet.
Just be comforted.
Just be cozy.
And it rejuvenates me to go back with full positive energy the next day.
Embracing cozy moments is the opposite of laziness.
It is intentional and a decision.
We prep for these moments by putting routines into place that support our restoring moments.
We keep cozy essentials on hand, blankets over chairs, lamp light in the evenings.
We invest in some items that don’t break the bank, but feel good.
Earn Your Cozy
So as we work hard be sure to make time, schedule time to slow down and get cozy, you’ve earned it!
Get Cozy With These Fun Finds
Shop some of my favorite cozy items HERE.