It’s not unusual to catch a case of the blues during this time of the year. The holidays have been and gone, the days are short and the nights are long, and the cold weather makes you want to hibernate under the duvet. If winter has put you in a little bit of a funk, then there are things you can do to get through it. Here are five of my favourite ways to beat the winter blues.
1. Go Outside
Now I know it’s freezing outside and this is probably the last thing you want to do, but it really can help. Getting some fresh air is a great way to clear your mind. Trust me, your mood will instantly be improved and you’ll feel so refreshed and energised. So, wrap up warm and go on a winter’s walk.
Staying active during the winter months is an excellent way to stay positive. This is because when you exercise, endorphins are released – the brain’s feel-good chemicals. You could visit your local gym or even find some home workout videos on YouTube. You’ll gain tons of energy and better still, you’ll be improving your health at the same time.
3. Wake up Early
To make the most of each day, become a morning person and wake up early. Doing this will give you a lot more time to get things done and make you more productive and focused, resulting in a much more positive day. Similarly, it’s important to get a good night’s sleep every night too.
4. Read a Good Book
Transport yourself to another world for a while by reading a good book. As many of us spend more time inside during the season, winter is the perfect time to read all of those books you’ve been meaning to. So, snuggle under a blanket, sip some hot chocolate and get reading! Your mood will instantly be uplifted.
5. Try Something New
If you’ve wanted to take up a new hobby, then winter is the best time to do this! Your new interest will keep your mind active and give you something to look forward to and focus on. You could learn how to knit, draw, bake, speak in another language.. the possibilities are endless! Not only is taking up a new hobby a lot of fun, but you’ll be learning a new skill at the same time too.
I hope these ways to beat the winter blues work for you. Do you have any tips of your own?