How to Cope With The Winter Blues

It’s mid-February, just six weeks away from spring, but still in the thick of the winter. It can often feel like the days are only a few hours long, the nights are so cold you want to stay in bed, and there is just nothing to do with yourself.

Each year around this time, many of us tend to get down in the slumps. The holidays have passed, the excitement of the New Year has settled, and in many ways, it feels like back to the same day in, and day out things we did the year before, just colder, grayer, and nothing to do. Many people struggle with feelings of sadness, or even full-blown depression, during the winter months; this is also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

If you are one of the many that experience SAD, here are a few tips to help you through:

Self-care: Right now is the perfect time for self-care before the weather warms and the busyness of Spring & Summer begins.

  • Start working out in perpetration for those summer hikes you like to take each year. Your lungs and heart will be grateful!
  • Begin a new skincare routine, as it typically takes about three months before you notice any improvements (you now have the time).
  • Learn a new hobby that forces you to develop mentally or psychically, like yoga, meditation, and stillness.

Personal Development: Learning new things is always the best way to pass the time; it keeps you busy and learning something new, which can help you in so many areas of your life.

  • Practice cooking new meals you will look forward to sharing with your family and friends during warm weather get-togethers.
  • Learn a new skill you can apply to your current position at work or turn into a new form of work for yourself.
  • Learn how to become better with Money – making it, saving it, and investing it.

Start Planning: Gardener? Vacationer?

  • Now is the perfect time to start planning and prepping your garden beds, what you will grow or try growing for the first time.
  • Book your vacations, map out those many trips! Doing this gets you ahead of everyone else and gives you something to look forward to each day.

While other things contribute to SAD like lack of sunlight and vitamin D, if you can use this time of year as your opportunity to focus on personal development and self-care, it makes it a little easier.

You can do countless things to pass the winter blues, but if you still find yourself feeling down with all of this, do not hesitate to call us on 24/7/365 at (844) 949-8888.