Most of us are probably quite familiar with this feeling. The days are dark for too long and light for too little. When you wake up the sun is down and when you leave work the sun is gone. It’s always cold, and all you’re inclined to do is sit inside by the fireplace, or underneath 40 blankets to try and keep warm. It tends to feel like the longest time of the year. If you live anywhere where there are all four seasons then you understand what I mean.
Some refer to the winter blue’s as seasonal depression. Whatever you may call it, there are key ways you can beat this complex time of year.
- Go Outside: I really like the simplicity of this one. As I collected some of these ideas, I spoke to my friends to see how they deal with the winter time, and most of them agreed that staying inside was the most comforting thing, but also the dreariest. As human beings, we need to step outside and soak in the outdoors, as this can immediately boost our mood. Within a few hours of waking up, I would say even taking a walk outside just to get some air can make you feel more productive than sitting at home in the dark.
- Brighten Up Your House: Keeping your space dark and your blinds closed is only going to make your “blah’s” worse. I am a culprit of doing so, but I love leaving my blinds closed for whatever reason, maybe because it helps me hibernate easier. Regardless, my mom always reminds me to get sunlight into my room, and reduce my clutter, so that I’m not overwhelmed and distracted.
- Keep Busy: This is something else I really struggle with, especially because it gets dark at 4pm! It’s so easy to make an excuse to not go to a party, or give your friends a raincheck on dinner. Your friends and family are guaranteed to brighten your mood far more than rolling around on the couch watching reruns of How I Met Your Mother.
- Stay Active: Your mood is immediately enhanced when you get your mind moving and your body grooving (so cheesy I know, but hear me out). It’s easy to go right home from work and cuddle into bed, but forcing yourself to take care of your body in the winter is one of the most crucial part of these steps. And also, working on your summer body in the winter isn’t such a bad idea, is it!
- Get Enough Sleep: My favorite of all. People tend to greatly overlook the power of a solid night sleep. Not only is it good for you physically, and emotionally but mentally too. All around getting rest is something your body needs, wants, and greatly appreciates. Preferably going to bed at the same time each night can only make things better.
With just a little bit of extra effort and a whole coffee pot of motivation, you can fight these blue’s and feel fabulous about it too. I must say, after taking some of my own advice, I’m feeling shockingly more upbeat this winter than I have felt in a long time.
“She Believed She Could, So She Did.”