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Coffee Corner Meet-up: Self-care for Winter (Winter is COMING)

You may have seen me mentioned in Julia Russo's blog about the upcoming Coffee Corner meet-up. If you didn't, you may want to jump out and read about it, or maybe just risk everything and register here. (You'll get extra imaginary points if you register and show up just for the fun of it)

I was chatting with our awesome friend Jerry Janda sometime back in 2020 - who knows dates anymore - and thought this might be a helpful topic for the next meet-up. For those of us in the Northeast, the next 4-5 months (heck, I live in New England so it's really more like the next 6 months) will be cold and snowy and icy.

So some of the tricks that we've relied on since SARS-CoV-2 may not be very appealing. I can't really see myself sitting outside when it's 10F and wind chills of -5, and saying 'Deep breath in, hold it, listen to the birds, exhale.' The upcoming months will definitely pose problems on top of other problems for some of us. I've been trying to come up with ways to maintain both physical and emotional health, while also minimizing risk. That's a tall order.

So, bearing in mind that I have absolutely zero qualifications to lead a discussion on this topic, would you be interested in joining in? (I do mean ZERO, ZIP, ZILCH, BUBKIS, NADA. After all, I am a workflow developer, not a spiritual guide or psychologist or a personal trainer!) But since we are a community, I am sure you all have your own methods of taking care of yourself, and perhaps you can share with us?

I scraped this list off the web somewhere:

  • Take some deep breaths
  • Spend time in nature
  • Exercise
  • Read a book
  • Listen to music
  • Keep a journal
  • Plan something to look forward to
  • Be grateful for something

I think this is a good place to start. For me, I'll add 'Watch dog videos!' .

And see? I've already planned something to look forward to - this meet-up! Friday, October 16th at 3:00 p.m. CET.



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  • Oct 13 at 06:27 AM

    Hello Susan Keohan,

    the two things that work best for us are cosyness and distraction. If you have to stay very long at home, make yourself a cosy one. A comfy couch with enough pillows and blankets is a must. Actually I'm a functional guy and never gave anything about my home. This changed with my wife. Don't underestimate the soothing effect of burning candles. The fine scent in the air and the fascinating movement of the flame. Cuddle yourself together with your dearies on your couch under a blanket is great for shaking the worries of the day. And don't forget your favorite hot beverage. That's for cozyness.

    If you feel alone or melancholic shift to distraction. We are in the age of internet. Use it. Moving to another city using Voip(like Skype; Team Speak in my case) helped me stay in contact with my friends(That was before my wife). Even if you have nothing to talk it simply felt good if someone was in the same channel. If talking isn't enough, play something together. You would be amazed how many board games or card games have online versions by now.

    We bought a record player. Celebrate your favorite music by playing it by record.

    Give yourself enough mind food for the cold season. A book isn't enough. Get a whole series of your favorite genre. Get whole seasons of your favorite TV series. Be on the lookout for new at home hobbies. Get online courses for an exotic language. You got a world of knowledge on your (mouse) finger tips. Just go and explore.


    Manfred Klein

    P.S. And yes: Funny videos

    • Oct 13 at 10:52 AM

      Thank you Manfred! I am a huge fan of cozyness and distractions.

      I hope you'll consider joining us on Friday - it's another distraction :-)

  • Oct 13 at 11:20 AM

    I'm so glad you're doing this, Sue. I think sessions such as this -- and we'll continue the meet-ups through the winter and beyond -- are also helpful, in that they give people a chance to connect. That's important during times when more and more of us feel so isolated.


  • Oct 14 at 06:53 AM

    Thank you for joining the upcoming Coffee Corner Meet-Up as host! ��
    I am really excited about your session ��
    Btw, I love funny dog videos ����

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