Finally the end of Winter is insight but yet it still seems so far away, I don’t know about you but this time of year has me feeling a little “meh” and I’m longing for the first glimpse of Spring. The popping up of flowers, sunny day and a chance to unpeel a couple of layers.
I think this “meh” feeling as I call it has a lot to do with the lack of sunlight. We go to work in the dark, we work all day indoors and then return home to more darkness and is a constant cycle at this time of year. Forgive me for wishing time away, but bring on Spring.
This time of year is a bit of an odd time for many as the excitement of Christmas is over and we long for a change in season. If you love to be outdoors you’ve probably already a dozen ideas up your sleeve for once the warmer brighter days arrive. The Winter blues or SAD syndrome (seasonal affective disorder) affects us all in different ways, from reduced concentration, low mood to anxiety and brain fog. It can really put a dampener on your over all mood.
So I thought I’d share ways in which you can get over this last hurdle of Winter and embrace these final few weeks. So pull on your positive pants and push those Winter blues away.
7 Ways to get through Winter
Have you heard the phrase there’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing. This is definitely the case at this time of year. Yes it maybe grey, damp and dark outside but getting outdoors is a must to get that all important vitamin D. It will not only improve your mood, but energise you a little too. So get wrapped up warm and get outside. I promise you, you will definitely feel better for it.
Home spa session / self-care
Run yourself a nice hot bath and take yourself off for a little rest and relaxation. Paint your nails or buy yourself a new lipstick. Better still get stuck into that book you’ve been wanting to read for so long. A little pamper time or selfcare can really make you feel good and brighten up the darkest of days.
Listen to music / podcast / Meditation
I’m loving Audible at the moment and have already uploaded a few things to listen to. It’s a great alternative to reading and can be listened to whilst on the move too, I’ve also been listening to it whilst doing housework. It’s great if you don’t have much time to sit and read any actual book.
Let there be light
Throwback the curtains, open the blinds and let as much natural light in as possible. Vitamin D is key to improve your mood, I know this is difficult in the these dark dull days.
Drink all the tea
There is alot to be said about the positive effect of a nice cup of tea ( or is that the just Yorkshire girl in me) Drinking a hot beverage really does fix a multitude of problems. Whether it’s sitting quietly on your own or catching up with a friend. It really does make you feel better.
Look for signs of Spring
For me its all about the spring flowers at the moment. I’m buying them at every opportunity to brighten up the house. But soon we should start to see the daffodils poping up in the garden and birds tweeting in mornings as the days start to lighten up. These early signs of Spring are what keep us going in these last few weeks of Winter.
Continue to be cosy
After a long walk out in the fresh air return home to light the candles and snuggle under the blanket. It’s a chance to embrace the cosy and will always make you feel better.
Do you or anyone you suffer with SAD (seasonal affective disorder) I think it effects more people in Winter than we realise or would like to admit. But there are so many ways you can try to eliminate the symptoms. If you feel like the problems are getting worse or you feel like it is leading to a more serious problem please speak to your gp or an healthcare advisor.
I really hope these 7 Ways to get through Winter really help you in the these last few weeks of Winter.
Until next time