If you live in a climate with long, cold winters, then you know all about the February Blues or 'Blahs'. It's the time of year when we've had enough of hibernating inside away from the cold and often dreary outdoors, short days and lack of sunshine. As solopreneurs we spend a lot of time on our own as it is and we still have a ways to go before spring arrives.

Here are some things you can do to combat the blues:

-If a tropical trip away this season isn't in the budget, how about a weekend retreat at a local B & B? Or book your summer holidays now. Grab your calendar and block off a week long getaway. It's not too early to book. In fact now is a good time to get your preferred week booked before others grab your spot. It helps to have something to look forward to. And as a small business owner, it's a good idea to plan vacation time well in advance and arrange for backup if needed.

-Sign up for a fitness class. The new schedules are all out for the upcoming programs. Whether you practice yoga or prefer a cardio workout, physical activity is a proven way to lift your mood. If it's good for your mind, it's good for your business. I'm a big fan of yoga. It's all about slowing down, calming the mind and body, and restoring balance. With a clear mind you're more focused to carry out your plans.

-Rather than hibernating this winter, experience some of what the season has to offer. February is the month of winter festivals and every weekend seems to be full of activities.

-Start your office spring cleaning early. Take a few minutes at the start of every day to go thru one drawer, one shelf or several file folders. If you're consistent, you'll have a fresh desk just in time for spring. Potted tulips and hyacinth are starting to appear in the stores. A pot on your organized desk is sure to inspire some creativity.

-Learn something new. The spring course books are teeming with special interest and business courses. If you have always wanted to try out a new hobby or learn a new skill to expand your business offerings, now is a good time before the good weather arrives. Classes get you out amongst others with similar interests and as a side benefit, offers up new networking opportunities.

Make the most of the tail end of winter. It is a prime time to take the initiative and do things you otherwise don't get an opportunity to do! When spring has sprung you'll be ready to enjoy it.

Author's Bio: 

As a Virtual Assistant (VA), Jennifer Hazlett provides offsite administrative help from her home based office to business owners with a multitude of office management and technical tasks, giving clients the expertise they need and more time to focus on growing their business. Sign up at Jennifer's website, Alternate Admin http://www.altadmin.ca/ for your complimentary report "101 Ways to Boost Business with a Virtual Assistant".