Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

If you live in a climate with brutal winters, it can sometimes be inevitable not to get the winter blues. We all are human and we can all get into a slump sometimes (especially when the days are shorter and the freezing weather makes us not want to leave the house). Therefore, if you are currently having the winter blues, here are some simple ways to beat the winter blues!

 

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Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

 

Get out

Try to avoid being too much of a hermit. As much as the high temps and snow may urge you not to, bundle up and get some fresh air and sunlight.

 

Stay active

Just because it’s not bikini season doesn’t mean it’s time to neglect exercise. Working out during the winter time is especially important for your mentality as well as preventing winter weight gain. Therefore, grab your gym sneakers and head to your gym. Don’t have a gym membership? Walk around your mall or throw on some headphones and dance around your living roomeither way, get your body moving!

 

Do something new

Challenge yourself and try something you have never done before. Studies have shown that when we do something new, we release dopaminewhich is associated with learning, enjoyment, and, pleasure.

 

Meditate

This may sound cliché, but make sure you take some time out of your day to meditate. Focus on your breathing and silence all external distractions to turn the gloomy emotions into happier ones.

 

Surround yourself with positive people

Who you surround yourself will affect your vibrational energy. Being around negative, pessimistic people will cause you to be in a dark cloud as well. Whereas, positive people will bring you light and happiness. That being said, take a good look at who you’re with the majority of the time and make some changes if you have to.

 

Declutter and organize your home

Not only will decluttering feel good while you’re doing it, you will fill amazing when you feel like everything is nice and tidy. Even decluttering a junk drawer will give you instant calmness and satisfaction.

 

Watch uplifting movies and music

Watch movies that make you laugh or simply make you feel good. Also, listen to music with an upbeat and uplifting messages to help stimulate feelings of happiness.

 

Essential oils

Try inhaling essential oils that are known to enhance your mood. Soothing essential oils include lavender, rose geranium, ylang ylang, rose, and chamomile.

 

Travel to someplace sunny

Winter is the time to get away from the gloomy weather! I know not everyone has the extra money to travel. However if you do, travel to a place for a mental recharge!

 

Don’t feel ashamed to ask for help

If you feel like all else is failing, it may be more serious than you think. Whether it is a friend, family member, or a professionaldon’t be embarrassed to ask for help. Don’t be ashamed—(seasonal) depression is so common and you are not alone! 

 

 

 

 



20 thoughts on “Ways to Beat the Winter Blues”

  • Great tips! I hate the dark, winter months so will definitely give some of your ideas a try! I usually find getting out helps…

  • I get the winter blues so bad! I do keep up with exercising which definitely helps. I like your idea of trying new things so you have a positive memory of winter.

  • Wow those re all excellent ideas for overcoming the winter blues. We practice each step that you mention. We find it very important to get outdoors and take a breath in nature. Staying active is important for us!

  • I am so glad I don’t live somewhere that gets so cold like this. I hate the cold, I definitely think I would get in a bit of a slump in freezing temperatures like this.

  • Winter is hard for me. I have a rare genetic condition and a major symptom is having trouble maintaining my body temperature. I love all these suggestions! In past winters, I have turned into a hermit when it is cold, and I’m working really hard not to do that this year!

  • Getting out is huge for my winter blues and it has definitely made a huge difference. I am not sure what I would do if I wasn’t able to be active during the winter.

  • I’ve been trying to beat the winter blues with essential oils and decluttering my house too! I think it’s so therapeutic to clean the space around you!

  • All of these are spot-on. Especially the getting outside for some fresh air. My car died last night so I walked the mile to my kids’ school for my volunteer shift this AM; that walk had me on an endorphin high for the rest of the day 🙂

  • Doing something new is a great idea. A lot of the time we feel overwhelmed with everything we currently have on our late.

  • When I lived in Ohio, I had bad winter blues. Essential oils and a salt light is what helped me get through it. Plus day trips when wasn’t working too!!

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