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A Simple Tip to Fight Winter Blues

I don’t know about you, but lately I’ve been feeling a little confined and blah. Ok maybe I have the winter blues. Perhaps it’s the record cold temperatures, snow or all this pent-up winter energy but I find myself wanting to hibernate and find excuses to stay inside my house. Shocker I know, but Judy Davis, the Direction Diva has to work to beat the winter blues especially when the temps are in the single digits. And then as if someone was tapping me on the shoulder saying, get it together I ran across an old email from Ariane de Bonvoisin that inspired me so I had to share it…

Fly Like an Eagle

Does a bird think about it before taking flight? No. He just feels an impulse inside his little bird brain: “There’s that cute bird from the shrubbery—now’s your chance!” or “Skewer that field mouse—I’m starving!” Basically his actions are spontaneous. If you’ve been feeling a little itchy or tied-down lately, try being a bit more bird-like.

Give yourself permission to take spontaneous flight. Hop in the car or on a plane, (or take a bus, or boat or train) and spend some time somewhere, anywhere, as long as it’s away from home. Don’t have a job? Even better—you won’t have to take time off. No money? Take the car and stay with a friend. Or find some friends to travel with and share expenses. Where there’s a will, there’s always a way. A change of scenery is just the thing for gaining a brand new perspective.

Could the answer to beating the winter blues really be as simple as getting out of the house? I think it can… In fact, this simple tip really changed the mindset I had and I haven’t even gone anywhere yet! Rather than stressing about what is on my list of things to do and dreading heading out to do some much-needed grocery shopping, I find myself thinking about possibilities and wondering how I can shake things up a bit. I’m contemplating ways to “take flight” and be spontaneous, where an hour ago I wasn’t motivated to start my day!

I always find it amazing how the right saying, or piece of information can change my mood or the direction of my thoughts in an instant. Just goes to show how much truth there is to the “Mind your Mind” philosophy. When we change how we think about something, our outlook on life takes on a whole new meaning. Just thinking about being spontaneous makes me want to take action. So if you are like I was, feeling “cooped up” and bear like, take a moment to think like a bird. You’ll be glad you did!

How do you find inspiration?

~Judy Davis, the Direction Diva is a motivational speaker, author and lifestyle blogger as well as a military life and teen suicide prevention expert. Co-founder of DASIUM, Judy’s books Right Side Up  and Warning Signs: Is Your Teen at Riskare go to resources for families and her websites are filled with tips, inspiration and resources for those looking for direction. Connect with Judy at

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