Things To Do Instead Of Being Sad That It’s Still Cold Outside

I don’t know about you, but winter is the most challenging season for me. January and February especially since the holidays are all over and “regular life” starts back up again, people go back to work and school and if you live up north like me, everything just seems like it falls and gets buried underneath a layer of snow.

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But I’ve already felt down. I know what that’s like, I’ve tried being sad and doing nothing for a while, and…surprise! Nothing changed. I didn’t feel good for a month and a half so now I’m deciding to shake things up a bit and try to find other things to focus on besides how upset all the snow and cold makes me.

And that brings me to today’s post. Here are some nice things to do and focus on instead of thinking about your winter blues!

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Try Hygge

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Pronounced as “hue-gah” or “hoo-gah” (depending on your source), hygge is a Danish word that has no direct English translation, but is described as having a feeling of comfort whether it be in the home, or out enjoying the company and comfort of friends. Mostly though, it is seen quite literally as “the art of being cozy” and is a major reason why the Danes can maintain such happy and healthy lifestyles so far in the dark, cold north where winter is a very prominent part of their lives.

Hygge doesn’t have to be a lifestyle, but some of the tips and tricks used in “the art of being cozy” can be directly applied to anyone’s life. While I do plan on writing a full post on hygge in the future, you can easily grab a fluffy blanket, light some candles, and maybe bake (or grab from your fridge) some yummy treats for yourself – and you’re already practicing hygge!

 

Music Cures All

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I’m a big believer in music having a huge impact on our emotions and the way we feel about life and things in general. The same applies for winter! While I sometimes find listening to tropical tunes a good way to escape from the winter storms outside, I have to admit that sometimes dreaming of the sun and clear ocean waters can just make everything worse.

For some classy winter vibes, maybe check out the Cafe Music BGM channel. This is one of my favorite channels to relax to, in fact, I’m listening to this live radio on the channel right now. There are dozens of mixes to listen to, and all are very calming and relaxing.

And of course, for my geeks out there, how about a listen to that Skyrim soundtrack? This video has included all the ambience soundtracks from the daytime in the game, and there’s even one for all the nighttime tracks as well.
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…okay sorry Cafe BGM, but it’s time to switch over to Skyrim for now.

Try A New Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Pinterest is your go-to for this project. Seriously. Go to Pinterest.com, slap “hot chocolate” in the search bar and you’ve got hot chocolate recipes galore. Or if hot chocolate somehow isn’t your thing (like, what’s wrong with you?), you could try the same thing with coffee recipes or any of your other favorite warm drinks.

 

Play Some Video Games

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I’m going to have to tone my game-loving obsessive side down a bit and attempt to recommend just a few video games to play. I’m going to keep my thoughts on these games veeeerrryyy brief, because you best believe that the future of this blog has some very invested and in-depth game reviews/recommendations.

  1. Animal Crossing: New Leaf…it’s a game about running a happy town with animal villagers who all are adorable and quirky. This game is incredibly happy and relaxing, 10/10 would sell my soul for Marshall.
  2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim…relaxing not your thing and you’d rather slay dragons, practice black magic, or run an underground theives guild all while saving the world in a frigid environment? Play Skyrim. And trust me when I say that the Theives Guild is my home away from home.
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Windwaker…let’s pretend for a second that you are not only an adorable chibi boy, but you’re also a hero sailing from island to island on a quest to save your sister. Open ocean? Check. Fun gameplay? Check (I mean, come on, it’s Nintendo). Quirky cartoon-y art style? Check and check.
  4. Pokemon Platinum…Bundle up, bucko, because we’re heading up north to catch Pokemon buried not only in the snow, but in nostalgia as well. I honestly don’t have a whole lot to say since it’s basically your standard Pokemon game, but it’s one of the few titles with a lot of snow and mountains. Actually scratch that. I do have more to say. Nintendo, WHERE IS OUR REMAKE?!?!

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Alright, that’s all from me for today! What are some of your favorite ways to spend your time in February or during any of the colder months? Have you ever heard of “hygge” before? Or what are some of your favorite games to play when you find yourself cooped up indoors? Be sure to let me know by dropping me a comment!

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This Week’s Music: Relaxation and Positivity

Every week, I’ll be adding new music links here to promote ~relaxation~ and ~good vibes~ 😉 I hope they make your day a little brighter!

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Here is this week’s music link list!

What are some of your favorite positive and relaxing songs? Please feel free to recommend me your favorites…they might appear on next week’s list!

 

A Few Nice Things to Watch If You’re Feeling Stressed

I’m a YouTube addict. I’m constantly playing videos, weather I’m watching hauls, listening to music, studying a tutorial or reviewing my own content. Because of my many years of YouTube content intake, I’ve stumbled upon some really pleasant and relaxing videos. The ones I’d like to share today are either videos or channels I stop by if I’m ever feeling stressed or down.a-bubbly-potion-pixilart

First up, I want to mention this video from the channel Maqaroon on YouTube.

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Joanna, the channel’s creator, is a DIY and crafting genius, and her tutorials are very calming to watch.

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Some of my favorites of hers are her needle felting videos. While I am not affected by ASMR, many people comment on these particular videos that the noise needle felting makes gives it that effect. I actually followed this specific tutorial to make these felt kitties myself from a kit I bought off of Etsy.com!

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Joanna has made dozens of videos besides needling felting, some of which include putting together miniature dollhouses, slime making, paper clay crafting, how to make plushies out of fuzzy socks, handmade accessories, and more.

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She also has a second channel called Cute Life Hacks with even more content. So if any of you are interested, you can check out Joanna’s channels Maqaroon and Cute Life Hacks!

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Up next is the channel In Love With A Ghost.

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The beautiful art on this channel is just a plus to the lovely music. “i make music, record feelings and tell stories. i started as a pianist then experimented with computer stuff and now i mix both,” is how the creator describes what they do.

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The best way I could describe this music is gentle lo-fi mixed in with recordings of pleasant noises ranging from ones that sound like gumballs being dispensed from a machine, to a drink being poured, or to birds chirping outside. For me, it gives off a feeling of a warm summer afternoon.

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They actually just released an album titled “healing” (which I find pretty appropriately named) and contains most of my favorite songs from the channel. I definitely recommend giving these tunes a listen to promote those positive vibes! You can head on over to In Love With A Ghost’s YouTube or purchase the “healing” album here.

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Ever seen grav3yardgirl’s videos? With a following as large as hers (over 8 million subscribers!!!) and years worth of content, if wouldn’t surprise me if you’re already a fan of hers.

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From unboxing videos, to makeup tutorials, to my favorite, her oh-so-popular “Does This Thing Really Work?” series in which she tests out popular As Seen On TV products, “grav3yardgirl” aka Bunny, has a plethora of options to watch your stresses away.

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I have to say my favorite thing about Bunny’s channel is her own personality. While I love her video content, for me, it’s her quirky sense of style, hyper mannerisms and loud personality that make her so fun to watch. She’s plain entertaining, and when I need a distraction from life’s problems, I know that I can stop by her channel for a smile.

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While the “Does This Thing Really Work?” series is my favorite over all, I actually really got into watching her squishy hauls and reviews for a while. She was actual a big part of why I got into squishies too! (Want to know more about “squishies” and how they help with de-stressing? I actually plan on making a post all about them in the future, so stay tuned!)

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Have you ever heard of these channels before? If not, maybe check them out and let me know what you think? Or perhaps you have some videos and recommendations for me! I’m always on the prowl for new content! Be sure to leave a comment to let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

 

Quick links to all the channels:

I Want You To Feel Better

“…but I’m not feeling bad?”

That’s great! But I want to make you feel even better. That’s why I started this blog. I want to make people smile, feel beautiful, feel good about themselves, share resources, and hopefully make this world a little bit brighter.

Hi there, nice to meet you! I’m Maia and I’m a Geek Girl.

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That’s me, messy hair and all.

You could say I’m a bit of a media guru. I’m always on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, my phone, computer, tablet, and Nintendo DS XL are my best friends, and animated movies are my faves. Oh, and I’m a YouTuber.

So why did I feel the need to start a blog?

Well, like I said, I want to help you feel better.

I have a vision. My goal in life is to have others hear my voice and share positivity. I want to help you smile. I want to make the world a brighter place. And media is my favorite way to do that.

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You don’t have to feel down or bad and you don’t really have to be a geek or a girl to enjoy this blog (although I WILL be sharing some pretty geeky and girly content). This is simply a place for me to share resources, post pleasant content, review helpful products, and otherwise create a happy, safe space for anyone who might need a break.

So with introductions out of the way, why not grab a cup of coffee (or tea, or juice, or whatever suits your fancy) and stay a while?

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