I love living in a place where we experience all 4 seasons. Although, I dislike the bitter chill of the cold, and getting up out of my warm bed in the morning to scrape ice and snow off my car, I genuinely like winter. Winter forces us to relax and slow down. Snow storms keep us trapped inside, force us to let go off obligations, and just relax. It is a time to give our bodies and minds a break. But for some the winter can greatly affect our happiness. Although I don’t suffer from SAD (seasonal affective disorder), I know people who do, and I have seen the effects of lack of sunshine, and fresh air on all of us. By the end of winter, I’m usually over it and that’s when I start to feel that cabin fever or the need to escape. Sometimes it feels like winter is never going to end!
Over the years I have learned how to embrace winter and how to feel just as happy in this season as I do in others. I hope my tips help you to have a healthier and happier winter season.
Appreciate and accept winter for what it is and what it gives us
Recently I had a conversation with my Grandma and she told me “your life is your mindset”. Isn’t she the cutest? She is so right! Much of our life is dictated by our state of mind. Shifting your perspective on winter can greatly help you appreciate it more. Yes, your toes are cold, and it gets dark at 4:30 but we get to use warm blankets and wear cute boots. Be grateful for what this season is giving you.
Make a winter bucket list
I have done previous posts in the past about how I try to make bucket lists for each season. In college, I started doing this in the winter time and a lot of the winter blues I was experiencing went away. Don’t be afraid to act like a kid again. Go snow tubing or skiing, have a movie night with friends and drink wine, take hot baths on a Sunday night and pamper yourself. Bake cookies! Do whatever it is that will make you feel warm inside. Winter is the perfect time to connect with people you haven’t seen in awhile.
Get things done
Do you ever have to get something important done but you just can’t because the weather is just too beautiful outside to be stuck in the house? Well winter is the perfect time to get those things done. Whether it’s a project around the house or a new business venture, winter is a great time to get focused and begin. With nothing to distract you, and a great excuse to stay inside, why not get going on a task that requires being isolated?
Take Vitamin D
I can’t stress this one enough especially if you live in the Northern US or Canada. We do not get nearly enough sunlight in the winter and lower Vitamin D levels can greatly affect our health. I started taking a D supplement last year when I began working in an office that had been converted from a warehouse. Lack of windows= lack of sunlight. I noticed my mood improve and my anxiety greatly diminished. It can also help to make you feel less fatigued among other benefits.
Get a happy lamp
I recently bought this Happy Lamp for my sister for Secret Santa and it’s perfect for anyone fighting the winter blues. This lamp provides light therapy which can improve mood, make you feel happier and help you to sleep better by resetting your circadian rhythm. It’s perfect for placing on your desk at work.
Take a vacation
Last but certainly not least is to escape the winter for a little while. Nothing makes me feel more relaxed and refreshed than an island trip in the middle of winter. You’ll also have something to look forward to which will keep you going through the winter months. My top two destinations are Turks and Caicos, and the Maldives.
I want you to remember to embrace life. Embrace snow, embrace winter! And most importantly get help if you need it. My tips above will definitely help but if winter makes you feel very low and you start to experience real feelings of depression do not be afraid to speak to a professional.
Please leave me comments or questions down below. I would love to connect more with my readers.