This may sound quite dramatic and bah-hum of me, but if I could…I would skip winter all together. Before you report me to Santa and get my name permanently placed on the naughty list, allow me to explain! I love Christmas. In fact, I pretty much live for it in the winter. If it weren’t for Christmas, all the holiday trimmings, and family get togethers, I’d never survive winter. I am not a fan of the cold, and I am most definitely NOT a fan of the time change. Pitch black darkness at 5:30 is just not my aesthetic.
Recently, I’ve really been working hard to improve my mood and avoid the winter blues that all too often grab hold of me this time of year. If you fall victim to the winter blues, I hope some of these tips and tricks help you out!
How to Fight the Winter Blues
Light: The time change always throws me off, because I feel as though I have more or less energy depending on how light or dark it is. So, when it’s pitch black at 5:30pm my body is like, BED TIME! To prevent laziness, and a way too early bed time I’ve started turning on lights around the house at 5pm to sort of distract myself from how dark it is outside. Something as simple as this buys me a couple extra hours of productivity, and helps ensure I go to bed at a normal time.
Routine: Even though the days getting shorter can make me want to fall asleep early, and the cold temperatures in the morning can make it really hard to emerge from the covers, and really easy to hit the snooze button 3 times, I try my best to maintain a routine. A solid routine helps to improve your mood, and it makes it easier the schedule your day and know where you have extra time to tackle chores or hang out with your friends.
Get Your Sweat On: I feel like whenever I make a tips and tricks post, working out is always included, but it’s because working out has so many mood-improving benefits! During the winter, energy is running low and there are tons of tempting treats around. Why not jump start mission summer body, and get your endorphins pumping!? Even if it’s just a 30 minutes jog on the treadmill, your body and mind will thank you.
Eat Fresh: This goes hand in hand with working out, but eating fresh during the winter can totally help to fight the blues. Don’t completely cut out the cookies and fun holiday dips, but maybe strive to eat one fresh, clean meal a day. If we take care of our bodies feed them good, clean foods good things happen, and happy thoughts follow!
Hang Out: Baby, it may be cold outside, but you don’t have to stay in! Get out, and make fun winter memories with friends! Nothing beats the winter blues like a good time.
Get a Hobby: I find that during the winter, I often pick up a hobby or try something new. Learning something new challenges your mind, and keeps it busy! So, watercolor, perfect your photography (I need to work on this one…) try those recipes you pinned ages ago, or dust off the hand-me-down sewing machine. If you’re busying yourself with a new activity, it will be far less likely that you become down.
Listen to Your Body: Ultimately, it’s most important to listen to your body and give it what it wants, and needs. Therefore, while working out is helpful don’t force yourself to go to the gym if you’re feeling under the weather or worked over time that day. If you’re really craving the warm brownie from the over, eat it! But maybe balance it out with some grilled chicken. And if you do end up going to bed at 5:30 one night, or sleeping in until noon, that’s fine too! Life is all about balance, and fighting the winter blues is all about figuring out what’s best for you and your body one day at a time!
Photos Courtesy of Natalie Folchi of Folchi Photography
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