Got a case of the winter blues? Well, it’s time to embrace it! Now let’s be clear: we’re not talking about mournfully staring out the window to sad music or writing sad poetry. We mean embracing all the happy blue things that lift our spirits and make us smile.
Below are 6 fun, spirited, and delicious ideas to help you put on your indigo-tinted glasses and feel a bit more lighthearted.
1. Blue Suede Shoes
Let’s get the blue party started with one of the best blue-themed songs. Elvis’ good ole rock n’ roll hit will have you bopping about, and what can lift your mood better than an impromptu dance party? Bonus points if you actually have blue suede shoes (or any blue shoes) to wear while rocking around the living room.
2. The Deep Blue
The ocean embodies a mysticism that inspires our imagination with tales of swashbucklers, mermaids, and more. Get lost in the tales of the deep blue by putting on a nature documentary like Planet Earth’s “Deep Ocean” or a blast from the past movie like Muppet Treasure Island.
3. Blue Curacao
Quench your thirst with a refreshing cocktail made with blue curacao. Happiness is Homemade shows you how to make a simple, tangy Electric Blue Butterfly cocktail with just a few ingredients. She also offers a few tweaks to turn this adults-only drink into a mocktail for your Military Kids to enjoy.
4. Wear Blue: Run to Remember
Social interaction and physical activity both play important roles in boosting your mood, so why not combine them? Wear Blue: Run to Remember is a nonprofit social run club for members of the Military community that honors the service of the American Military. Get involved in their weekly runs to make new friends, be active, and give back to your community.
5. Blueberry Pie
Did you really think we were going to get through this article without mentioning a scrumptious dessert to make your taste buds smile? Blueberry pie is a classic dish that’s fun to make with your Military Family and delicious to eat with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Don’t worry if blueberries aren’t in season near you, frozen fruit works just as well in this recipe by Natasha’s Kitchen.
6. Blue Mood Board
What other blue items inspire you? Collect them all in a mood board you can turn to whenever you need a little dose of inspiration. You can clip pictures out of magazines and paste them together or surf the web for your favorite blue images and put them together in an editing program, such as Canva, like one of our SpouseLink writers did above.