Winter Blues got you down? Here are 5 tips to possibly help you beat them! Try one, or try them all! All of these work for me and hopefully, they’ll work for you, too!
My 5 Tips to Beat the Winter Blues
Christmas is over! So is New Year’s, and possibly the resolutions that came with it have left! Now all there is to look forward to is spring and nice weather. Or maybe you’re lucky enough to have a vacation to plan or look forward to. But then the blues start to sink in! Call it what you want, but it happens to so many of us! After all of the excitement passes, now what?
I suffer from depression and anxiety. In my area, winter usually means gray skies, freezing temperatures, snow and ice, and the dreaded time change (meaning even less sunshine and daylight hours). None of these things help me beat my depression or the blues!
The first winter that I can remember NOT feeling like that, I had started walking outside. It had snowed, really deep, and my husband suggested I go for a walk! I hate to admit it, but he was right! Getting outside, even in the snow and all bundled up, I felt my mood lift almost within minutes! So I kept it up!
So here are my 5 tips!
Drinking water is something I struggle with in the winter, but yet it is so beneficial! It can do so much for your mind and body, without even realizing it!
Water hydrates your body and skin! If you live in a colder climate, skin gets dehydrated quickly. Not just your hands, but everywhere! I hate having cracked, dry skin and lips. Rough scaly skin needs moisture. Lotions help, sure, but fixing the problem from the inside out is much easier to do. And cheaper, too!
I find it easier in the winter to drink more water, if it is room temperature. In the summer, it has to be ice cold, though (for me). Flavored water also helps. Simply add a splash of lemon to add some flavor. This also works in hot tea!
If you prefer cold water, pour it over ice in an insulated cup or bottle, to help keep it cold for long periods of time. Plus, you can take it with you if you’re on the go! Or for my next step!
Exercise is another beneficial thing to do! It not only releases endorphins, it helps with circulation, muscle tone, and weight management. And there are plenty of options to help get you exercising, besides joining a gym.
Go outside, if you can, and take a brisk walk. Soak up some sunshine, enjoy the beauty that surrounds you! Yes, even in the winter! Breathing in the fresh air is amazing! Especially if you’re tired of being inside all the time!
If you can’t get outside, turn on some music and dance! There are plenty of exercise DVD’s available, too! Find one you LOVE and do it! Mix them up to add variety. I have quite a few of these, so I do which ever one I have the energy for at the moment, from light walking to high energy dancing. All of them lift my spirits. And yes, sometimes I have to just make myself do it, whether I feel like it or not. But I always feel better when I’m done.
Curl up with a good book!
Find a good book to read! Reading can get your mind off your problems like nothing else! I find that when I read, I can get so involved in it, that I lose track of time quickly! Especially if you find a really good one!
If you haven’t read for a while, it might take some trial and error to find the genre that you like. I mostly like a good mystery, but occasionally I like to read a juicy romance. Or if you prefer, find an educational one, or maybe one on self improvement. As long as it holds your interest, that’s all that matters!
I usually do most of my reading on a Kindle (which is what I own, but any device will work), but occasionally like to read an actual book! I like the feel of holding a book, and having actual pages to turn! But I struggle with not flipping ahead to see what happens! That’s harder to do on a device!
Do a Puzzle
Find a puzzle that will intrigue you! Whether it’s one that’s difficult to do, or one that has a beautiful scene on it. You’ll want to find one that keeps you interested. A friend of mine gave me the one that is pictured here. I thought it was IMPOSSIBLE! The birds (which I’m not a big fan of birds) with an uneven edge, so many of the same colors and shades! I was determined I would get that thing together no matter what! It took a good while to do, but it felt so good when it was done! I even took a picture of it, and called it “Perseverance”! Even when I was done, I had to look at it to be sure it was put together right.
While I enjoy putting a puzzle together, some people may find that a little tedious. There is always the option of doing Sudoko, Word Search, or Crossword puzzles, too. They can even be found online, so there’s no need to go out and buy them. Again, this is all your personal preference!
Yes, the simplest of them all! Watch a comedy show or movie and laugh. Get together with friends and laugh! Laugh at yourself if you have to. Whatever it takes! This is such a major mood lifter! Hard to do sometimes, but it does help.
That’s it for today!
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