I don’t know about you but the winter season drains my spirits. I lack motivation, confidence and my mood is often lackluster. It’s so easy to get down in the dumps when the temperature is cold, and the weather is crappy. All I want to do is stay indoors and veg but, that doesn’t seem to help.
A few weeks ago I was really down. I just felt like I had been going through the motions for a long time. Then I remembered that it’s just the winter blues and I decided I am not going to let this season bring me down any longer.
Here is what I am doing to battle the winter blues:
On nice days get outside
A few days ago the weather was warm and sunny. I ate lunch outside and it was a big boost to my spirits. The sun felt so good on my skin and it made excited for the warmer months ahead. Even on the not so nice days it’s great to get out and walk around your neighborhood.
Stick to your workout routine
There are so many days when it’s cold and dark where all I want to do is go home and get into bed. Instead of giving in to that feeling I head to the gym. On the days that I do workout I feel so much better. I guess the saying is true, you only regret the workouts you don’t do.
See family and friends
Like I said, in the winter it’s easy to stay in and isolate yourself, but it’s so much better to up and out. Getting together with family and friends is a great way to relax and catch up with people you love and that love you back.
Surround yourself with color
Wearing bright colors or buying yourself pretty flowers are great pick-me-ups. I love going to Whole Foods and buying myself a bouquet of flowers for my desk at work or my apartment. They look pretty and enjoy going to the store and getting them.
Self care routines
When I take the time to do a face mask or light a candle and read a book it relaxes me. I know I am taking care of myself inside and out. The most important relationship you have is with yourself, and I like those quiet moments with just me.
Take a break from social media or electronics
There is so much negativity in the world that sometimes I just need to take a break from it. I’ll stay away from social media and stop listening to the news for a few days. Doing this feels like a weight is lifted off of me.
Do you ever get the winter blues? How do you fight back?
Thanks for reading!
XO- Samantha Leigh