The days are shorter, the temperatures are plummeting, we scarce see sunlight and every morning it’s more and more difficult to leave our cozy beds. Even though we’ve been fortunate enough to have a pretty mild winter, every year about this time I notice a change in my mood. I’m more irritable, lazy, and I plot my escape from this cold trying to convince my boyfriend that we need to move somewhere south. One might say I’m experiencing the “winter blues”. Although I am no expert, over the years I have picked up a few tips and tricks that help me stay positive and motivated during these icy few months and not let these blues take over!
Here are 5 tips to help you beat the winter blues:
- Brighten Up Your Environment: Since the days are so much shorter during winter it can really affect our moods; it is helpful to brighten up your living or working space by stimulating daylight- keep your blinds open, turn on a few extra lamps or lighting candles- extra lighting will drastically change your mood. Even something as small as having fresh flowers, changes the mood of the room and alters your spirits.
- Exercise: Although I mentioned that this time of year makes me painfully lazy (I don’t think I’m alone in that either) it makes a huge difference to push past that and get your body moving. Not only do endorphins release “feel good chemicals”, but keeping active can stave off and combat the inevitable feelings of laziness that come with the cold.
- Treat Yourself: Doing little things for me always makes me feel better -whether it’s getting my nails done, picking up a new pair of boots to trudge through the snow or a new scarf and mits, I get a little excited about the winter if I have something nice to look forward to – especially when it’s just for me!
- Relax: Personally, I find very few things better than cuddling up with a warm blanket, a hot cup of tea and a nice book. I love being able to have time with my favourite books and taking the time for myself to just unwind; winter is the perfect season to stay in, warm up and relax in whatever way suits you best.
- Try to Embrace the Season: In all its misery I have to admit winter can have its beautiful moments, and it is important to relish those – like the way the snow looks on the trees in the park, or the icicles hanging from your roof. Taking part in some awesome, social winter activities, like skating or snowboarding can also make the world of a difference – you are active and making the most of the weather we are all so acquainted with.
What are some ways that you make it through the winter? Or do you love the cold season? If so why? Let us know in a comment!