Today I’m sharing how I deal with the winter blues. It’s easy to get down when it feels like winter and the cold and snow that comes with it will never end. But today I’m sharing a couple ways that I deal with it.
If you live somewhere cold and snowy 6 or 7 months out of the year like I do, there’s nothing you can do about winter – it happens whether or not you want it to. As a result, I’ve found that I’m happier if I decided to embrace winter, and all the cold, snow, and long nights that it brings.
Taking advantage of the mountains that are only an hour long drive away from Calgary and snowboarding or skiing, grabbing my skates and going for a skate at my neighborhood rink, going sledding, or renting some snowshoes and exploring a park are just a few of the ideas that I’ve tried over the years.
While it might be tempting to hunker down and not leave the house when it’s cold, snowy, and it’s dark at 5:30, it’s important to not isolate yourself and stay in touch with friends. I know that a night out with my friends – or even a night in watching a movie and drinking a glass of wine – is so much fun and lifts my spirits.
Even getting out of the house is helpful. It’s easy to get caught up in my own head when I’m spending a lot of time at home, and getting out there and interacting with some of my favorite people always helps. Even just having plans to look forward to helps sometimes when I’m feeling down.
Create a cozy space
Create a space in your house that’s just for you. It could be a cozy chair and a book shelf with some of your favorite books or it could be an entire room with some of your favorite things like a blanket, candles or music. Whatever you decide on, put it together and spend time there when you’re feeling down. Being surrounded by the things that make you happy will help to improve your mood.
Making sure that you’re staying physically active is always something that helps me feel better. Whether that’s a walk outside around my neighborhood after a pretty snowfall, or making it to the gym to workout or take a fitness class, it all gets me moving. Of course the post workout endorphins are always a good way for me to get into a better mood.
If you suspect that the winter blues are more than that, and you’ve been feeling down for more than just a couple days, reach out and make a doctor’s appointment. There might be something else going on (physically or mentally), and it’s important to deal with it if that’s the case. It’s not worth suffering through if you’re not feeling well.
What’s one thing that you like to do during the winter to improve your mood? Tell me about it in the comments.