Are you ready to put winter behind you? Lack of sunlight, colder temps and staying inside make this a difficult time of year for many people.
Were you hoping this winter was going to be different? After all, you’ve read enough about the winter blues to have an idea on how to support yourself. Or so you thought!
Then before you know it, you’re smack in the middle of winter wondering if it’s ever going to end.
Some recommend embracing the winter months and taking advantage of everything the season has to offer. Trying to be open-minded to that idea, I picked up a pair of cross-country skies a few years ago. Let’s just say the intention was good but unfortunately the skies never even made it outside.
Knowing that I am not alone, here are some ideas to help you cope with the winter months:
- Create a morning ritual that prepares you for your day. Think about what would have you feeling most energized for the day ahead.
- Discover foods to nourish your body during the colder months. Pinterest has many great ideas.
- Make time for movement each day.
- Listen to music that makes you feel inspired – whether tapping your toes, singing along or simply soothing your soul.
- Schedule activities that give you something to look forward to. Your mood improves when you plan something, when you are anticipating it and when the event occurs.
- Take time to meet up with friends. Having the support of family and friends is powerful.
- Get more sleep – With all of the things that we have to do in our days, this is all about time management and sleep discipline.
- Clear the clutter – Take this time to clear out things that you no longer need. Not only does this clear out your physical space but mental space as well.
- Enjoy a walk out in nature. Winter offers different scenery and can be very refreshing, cleansing and healing.
- Spend time helping others by volunteering. Volunteering can improve your mental health and life satisfaction.
- Plan a vacation to get yourself thinking beyond your current reality.
What is your greatest challenge during the winter months?
Creating change may not be easy but starting small is a good place to start. What’s one new habit that you can incorporate this week?
Many times we believe that we can create change on our own but are missing the accountability piece in the equation. Could you use some accountability in busting through the winter blues or making change in another area of your life? If so, let’s connect to see how I can support you.
I would love to hear what bubbled up for you when reading this post so feel free to comment below. Should you have any questions or want to connect, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.