16 Simple Winter Goals To Help You Thrive This Season

Winter Goals

Today is Blue Monday—which is known to many as the most depressing day of the year. It falls on the third Monday in January every year, and it is considered the saddest day of the year because of the combination of an after-Christmas lull, bad weather, empty wallets, and struggles with New Year’s resolutions.  

So I decided to help keep you motivated by sharing my 16 Winter Goal Ideas that may help you to focus.  

Winter Goals Ideas

1. Make Self-Care A Priority 

Winter is the perfect time to nail down your self-care routines. Things are a little slower this time of year so it’s a great time to spend time thinking about what type of self-care activities you would like to try or do more often.  

Taking more bubble baths is always a popular idea for the winter, but bundling up and going for a run through the snow-covered trees could be a good idea too. 

2. Start Journaling 

Winter is a good time to start journaling if it is something you have always wanted to try. Winter tends to be quieter, and slower-paced, which makes it the perfect time of year to really focus on being alone with your thoughts. 

You can even start journaling about the rest of your winter goals, or your goals for the rest of the year.

Winter Goals Journaling
My newest journal that I am obsessed with

3. Create more cozy spaces in your home 

While it is cold and gloomy outside, it is the perfect time to create more warm and cozy spaces in your home. Maybe adding a few more throw blankets or fuzzy pillows to current areas will make all the difference, or adding a new sitting space, or getting that old fireplace up and running. Whatever it takes to add a little more cozy into your living space.  

4. Create a vision board 

If you haven’t already created a vision board for the new year, January is the perfect time to make one of the year ahead. Think about your dreams, the rest of your winter goals, your other goals for this year, and where you would like to see yourself by December if everything goes the way you hope it will. By creating a vision board, you will have something you can look back to when you need a little extra motivation. 

5. Plan your budget 

Thinking about your finances can cause a lot of stress, however planning a budget for the year will save you time and money and help you figure out what you can do with the resources you have, and what you need to do to get you to where you want to be by the end of the year. 

6. Try a new fitness routine 

Right after Christmas tends to be when a lot of people start slacking when it comes to their fitness. Although many people make fitness goals for their New Years resolutions, many people also don’t partake in the physical activities they usually do because of the weather. This is why it is a good idea to make a conscious effort to take care of your physical health. There are many great gyms out there and so much information when it comes to working out at home so you don’t even need to venture outside in the cold. 

7. Start meal planning 

Meal planning throughout the week can not only help you save money, but it can help you eat healthier as well. Knowing there is already a plan for supper will help you stop making impulsive fast food runs or orders for delivery because you don’t have the mental capacity to plan out supper after a long day at work. 

Winter Goals Soup
My favorite homemade mushroom soup

8. Start meal prepping 

Once you have meal plans in place for the week, you can also meal prep for the week which will make things even easier. Knowing you already have the meal made and ready to go, or most of the hard work done, will help you stick to any nutritional goals you might have. 

9. Spend more time with friends and family 

As someone who lives somewhere that is freezing cold in the winter, I know firsthand how easy it is to want to hibernate for the winter. My friendships often get neglected for the season, because it is just too cold to leave the house.  

However, this is a great time to make the actual effort to visit and catch up with people I might not have seen in a while as most of friends have the same idea so haven’t made plans.

10. Start a new project 

While it is cold outside, now is the perfect time to start that project that you have been thinking about. Maybe you wanted to renovate the bathroom or to redecorate your bedroom, or sort through your storage room. While you are stuck inside you may as well make it as productive as you can. 

11. Learn something new 

The winter is a great time to set aside some time to learn something new. Last year I started to learn piano, and the year before that I started to learn Spanish. The internet makes it so easy to learn anything you want to from the comfort of your own home. 

12. Cross off any of your winter bucket list tasks 

If you are the type of person who has created a bucket list, now is the perfect time to cross off any of those items that can be, or need to be, completed in the winter. Things like trying ice skating, or taking your kids sledding, or going on that ski trip are all great ideas.  

13. Try out new soup recipes  

I love soup, and there is nothing better than a warm bowl of nourishing and delicious soup on a cold day. Winter is the perfect time to try out some new soup recipes and find some new favorites. 

14. Create a list of books to read 

Winter is my favorite time to read some great books, and January is the perfect time to compose a list of all the books you would like to read this year. Try to mix it up and add some books you wouldn’t normally read, but have heard good things about. I like to make sure I add several new personal development books on there as well as my favorite fiction books.  

winter goals getaway 16 Simple Winter Goals To Help You Thrive This Season

15. Plan A Winter Getaway 

If you live somewhere that snows a lot and the cold seems to last for months and months at a time it can be easy to get a case of the winter blues. One of the best ways to remedy that is to plan a winter vacation to somewhere warm to help you escape.  

It’s hard to be upset when you are basking in the sun on a tropical beach somewhere. 

16. Set up a Movie Marathon 

Plan a get-together with some friends, gather your favorite snacks and settle in for a movie marathon. Maybe set up a cool theme that the movies and snacks must follow, or have every friend bring their favorite movie to keep things interesting. 

Final Thoughts 

Winter can seem depressing, but it doesn’t have to be. By setting winter goals for ourselves we aren’t only making sure we are productive, but we are making sure we make the most out of a season that we might normally just be trying to get through. 

Take care of yourself. 

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