Often after the festive season is over, winter can be such a drag on the mind and emotions. It can be difficult trying to adjust and get into the swing of things after the holidays. Over the last couple of years, I have come up with 13 ways to beat the winter blues.
Winter is one of the most depressing seasons of the year and it can be difficult to beat the winter blues. These simple changes to your lifestyle can help boost your spirits. The 13 Ways to beat the winter blues can help with getting back into the swing of things.
In this article, our aim is to help boost your mood with these 13 ways to beat the winter blues.
13 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
Over the last few days, most of the UK has been a winter wonderland which would make Jack Frost happy. The weather has been absolutely cold and for those suffering from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) suffer greatly. Most days have been uncharacteristically cold, dark and giving way to dreary days.
In this article, we shared 13 ways to beat the winter blues to help boost your mood. The ideas shared in this article are those we’ve used over the years and work well. With over 2 more months left of winter, we need to find ways to cope with the dreary weather.
- Spend time outside and stay active
One thing about the cold winter days is you want to spend all day indoors to avoid the cold. But that can become tiring fast and most of us develop cabin fever. Going outside, feeling the fresh air and being active is one way to beat the winter blues.
- Become a local tourist
Being a national trust member, I get access to so many properties which often offer long estate walks. It is a nice way to stay active and enjoy the great outdoors during winter.
- Book a holiday
I always book a holiday somewhere warm to have something to look forward to. Counting down days until the next holiday is a great way to beat the winter blues.
- Stay warm
Winter can be brutal and often we spend more time indoors because outside we can’t keep warm. I have a few go-to winter coats which I fall back on to stay warm outdoors.
- Eat smarter
One thing that is often encourage during winter is to eat foods that will boost your emotions like chocolate. I don’t know about you but this is a great excuse to eat chocolate often though healthily.
- Be Sociable
I am fortunate that my sister leaves so close to my home and we meet up almost bi-weekly. This allows me to be more sociable and get some fresh air whilst spending time with loved ones.
- Volunteer in your community
Sometimes getting outside is not enough, spending time with others can be another way to beat the winter blues. Volunteer at shelters or care homes and spend time with those in need.
- Establish a Morning Routine
No one wants to wake up early on cold dreary mornings but having a routine you stick to is great for your mental wellbeing. Wake up at the same time every day including the weekend.
- Let light into your home
When its darker your body feels more depressed than when there is light. Often the curtains wide often and allow as much light into your home as you possibly can.
- Blast music
Music has been linked to improving people’s moods and I know this is true. Whenever I feel down in the damps, I always put music on and it uplifts my mood almost instantly.
- Set manageable daily tasks
I am a to-do list orientated person and love nothing more than having a jam-packed list. But I also prefer to pace myself especially when I am feeling down. Having too much on your to-do list can cause more anxiety so it’s important to be pace oneself.
- Stay hydrated
Though the last thing you want to do is drink water during winter, its even more essential to do so. I prefer to drink hot cocoa and hot chocolate when the weather is damp.
- Declutter your home
On days when you can’t face the cold but want to remain active without exercising decluttering works. I declutter every 6 weeks around my home and that can help beat the winter blues.