Surround yourself with light and heat.
Many cultures have a “festival of lights” to symbolize faith that the sun will return. Throw your own festival: Light candles (safely), take hot baths, find a sauna to sit in, or build a fire in a hearth. And make sure to get outside during the few hours of daylight to absorb that essential vitamin D.
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Plan your garden.
My favorite way to brighten the gloom is to eat foods I made from my garden and froze in August: pesto, tomato sauce, broths, freezer pickles. The earth might be fallow, but these dishes remind me that plants will sprout again—if I pay attention to them now. Winter is the time to plot out your garden and find seeds. I love online sources like Seed Savers Exchange, but many supermarkets now carry organic seeds. (Check out these 8 gardening tasks you should do this winter.)
Be a beacon for others.
Think of yourself as a shining star with light to share. Love has the biggest glow. Let it shine!