Those of us who are lucky enough to live close to a beach usually spend any or all of our time there. The ocean is so calming, so inspiring, so majestic, so enthralling, we can’t seem to get enough. Even if you live a few miles away, it is likely that you yearn for the solace of the ocean. Here are some ways to enjoy your favorite get-a-way, even if it is cold and windy, with little piles of snow all around.
First: Don’t forget it’s there
Don’t give up going to the beach just because you cannot wear your skimpy bikini. While even I enjoy the glances of the opposite sex while stolling along the beach in a swimsuit, it is not the only reason to spend time at the water’s edge. Even if you are not sure, just drive or walk to your nearest beach anytime from October to March and see if you are not overjoyed with its spectacle and allure.
Second: Use it for your Spiritual Time
The really good news is that there will be far fewer people around if you go to the beach in the winter. Simply sit quietly and soak in the view. Or meditate or walk slowly along the hardened sand and scan the horizon where the water seems to end. You will be filled with a great sense of spirituality and serenity. In addition, salt air in the winter can be bracing, but always healthy. I keep a journal in my car. Inevitably I am struck by some inner discovery or a new story idea and I have my journal book to write it down in. Thought flows freely in a place that is quiet, well-lit and has the soothing sound of the ocean.
Third: Use if for your artistic time
As I said I always have my journal handy for jotting down ideas or phrases of dialog that occur to me. I also find the beach in winter an excellent place to sketch. Take your pencils and sketchpad. You will find an unending source of interesting visuals to draw. I do reserve my paints for the warmer months. If it is severely cold or very windy, it is better to stay inside your car. Paints are more prone to blowing away or making a mess in the car. Or maybe that’s just me being a clutz.
Fourth: Use it for relaxation
You don’t have to go diving in deep for spiritual renewal, just chill out and relax at the winter beach. Again, as long as it isn’t too windy, I love to roll out my beach towel or blanket and lie out in the kinder winter sun, wrapped in a sweater or coat. You can still soak up some Vitamin D from the winter sun. Besides, this will help keep Seasonal Depression at bay, especially in the northern climates and your risk of skin damage is greatly reduced.
Fifth: Use it for exercise
It is likely that you have friends that take their dogs to the winterized beach regularly for exercise. You can take yourself too. As long as you are dressed properly, and there aren’t mounds of high snowdrifts, you can walk undisturbed up and down the beach, or climb on rocks. Jog if you are up to that or simply roll out your blanket or beach towel and stretch or workout. You get the added benefit of the fresh air and the spectacular view. Your car is only a short distance away where you can warm up quickly if you need to.
Finally: Use your car as a cabana
Since the beach is often deserted in the winter you can change if need be in your car. You certainly can keep plenty of supplies such as tissues, towels, blankets, lounge chairs, water, hot chocolate in a thermos, books, your sketch pad, journal, pet or even significant other if they share your passion for the beach. So bundle up a bit, get out there, and enjoy!