5 tips to fight your winter blues
I love the winter season. It’s the time where I thrive! I love wrapping up warm, wearing layers, drinking hot drinks, watching the snow fall, feeling cosy, lighting candles. But I know that many of you out there have a stigma against it. You feel lethargic, heavy, tired, sad, dissatisfied. You feel like the days drag out and darkness is everywhere and that summer will never come again!
I am happy to announce, however, that is simply not the truth. You can learn to love winter too (I hope). I like to think of the season as natures “resting” period. She is taking her time off to regenerate. To gather all of her energy so she can show up for spring and summer as a fresh new woman!
Here are a few tips to help you fight those winter blues, and start to love the season (maybe even as much as I do!).
TIP 1 | HIBERNATE
No, I don’t mean go bear style and find a cave and sleep throughout the whole season. I mean that you need to give yourself the permission to stay home and settle in. The long days of summer, staying up late and socialising are over. Now is the time to surrender to those shorter days and go inwards. Don’t feel like you have to be as socially active as you were in summer (especially once the holiday period is over). Maybe you have some books that you’ve always wanted to read, a new hobby to take up, something to learn or a Netflix series you’ve been looking forward to binging. I personally am loving this winter because it gives me the time to think, plan and create! Whatever it is, give yourself the permission to do it and approach it with a mindset of allowance and reward.
TIP 2 | FIND YOUR LIGHT
Yes, it’s cold. Yes, the sun is only out for a few hours. Yes, it snows and rains. That doesn’t mean that you can’t find your light in other places. Over Christmas, we have the lights of the trees and the city. Once that’s over, I like to use things like the Netflix fireplace (yes, it’s a thing and it’s glorious). I’m also considering buying a sunrise alarm clock to encourage me to an easier rise in the morning. I would also recommend going for a walk at lunch time, getting outside and taking in the fresh air along with whatever sunshine there is! Whatever it is, find your light.
TIP 3 | VITAMIN D DROPS
Haven’t found your light or it’s still not enough? Take care of your body by heading down to your local pharmacy and picking up some vitamin D drops. Vitamin D is produced naturally by your skin when it’s in sunlight. So, when sunlight is absent, we’re at risk of not getting enough. You’re probably wondering why vitamin D is important? Let me tell you. Vitamin D regulates the absorption of calcium and phosphate for healthy bones, helps your immune system to fight disease and has been shown to reduce depression.
TIP 4 | INVEST IN A WARDROBE
I often hear complaints from people being cold in winter, so I can understand why they might have a strong dislike towards it. To those people I would like to say “invest in a winter wardrobe!”. If you’re a person who runs on a lower temperature, then go invest in some thermals to wear underneath your every day clothes. Merino wool is a fantastic breathable fabric that will keep you as warm as the merino sheep it comes from. Please just do your research on ethically sourced, happy animal wool before you buy. To add to that, get yourself the biggest coat you need, the gloves and even the socks! There’s nothing worse than walking around with cold toes and fingers. I promise, as soon as you’re feeling warm and dry with your wardrobe, you’ll have a lot more freedom to do more things over the season if you want to.
TIP 5 | ESCAPE PLAN
If you’re still REALLY not convinced that you can turn winter around to be a beneficial season for yourself, then plan your escape to somewhere warm and sunny to top yourself up. Even if it’s not somewhere that’s in full summer swing, I’m sure you can find good deals to give yourself an escape where it’s warmer and sunnier than where you are.
At the end of the day, it’s all about the mindset and approach that you choose to take towards the season. Look for the good in it and make the decision to see all of the things that are on offer or happening, instead of the lack. Find gratitude in the necessity of winter in order to bring you a beautiful summer. Find gratitude in the fact that we are all here and living and have the power to choose how we want to show up for ourselves every day, no matter the weather.
I hope these tips can help to sway you, even a little bit, to a more pro-winter vibe!
Enjoy your winter season x