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It’s a long winter in New England, especially if you get the winter blues as I do. Do you feel down, discouraged, crabby and miserable? Life really doesn’t have to be that way. So, wouldn’t it be a great idea to give you some fun ways to beat the winter blues? Yup, I thought so!
The weather here usually starts getting cold in October, as it typically does in the fall. However, fall weather is 20 to 30 degrees and requires a winter coat. Then it lasts until March or April when the snow starts to melt. I’m just not very happy when it’s cold outside, although I don’t know why. I’m indoors most of the time.
Why do we need some fun ways to beat the winter blues?
I am a victim of the winter blues, like many who live around me in the northeast. There’s an official name for it. It’s called S.A.D. which stands for seasonal affective disorder, which is a sadness that occurs in the winter when less natural sunlight is available. Winter days are shorter, so the sun is out less.
My favorite season is spring, when all the snow has melted. It’s a time when we can open our windows to air the house out. I start waiting for spring when the first leaves start falling in September.
I literally do a happy dance every year when I see the tiny buds of green come up through the ground, indicating that my tulips and daffodils are ready to arrive. It’s really no wonder why those are my two favorite flowers. As soon as the snow starts melting, the winter blues go away too. Regardless of the delay for spring, I’m always thinking of fun ways to beat the winter blues.Many people are affected by seasonal affective disorder. Let me share with you 8 fun ways to beat the winter blues. #winterblues #ILoveSpring Click To Tweet
The winter blues, for me, isn’t terribly serious. I mean, I don’t require any kind of medication. Mostly I just get crabby. My family gets frustrated with me because I really just don’t like the cold. It makes me angry! It’s an unusual response, I know, but that’s how I personally respond.
Then, the Christmas season arrives. I love the holidays, but I miss my kids who are all currently living out of state. I’m thankful for video chats and texting which we do practically every day.
Another reason I love warmer weather is that I love sitting on our deck with my Bible and my face towards the sun in prayer. Then there are those times my husband and I stroll the yard to check out all the flowers and just hang out outside.
So let’s get started. Here are my 8 fun ways to beat the winter blues. Let me know which ones you like best or if you have additional ideas.
Pray about your winter blues
This is obviously my first fun way to beat the winter blues, because I believe having a close personal relationship with the Lord is so important. Talk to God about your burdens and cares. Let him guide you through things.
My favorite scripture is Proverbs 3:5-6 and it says “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him and he shall direct thy paths”. I recall that verse in every situation where I’m scared, worried or uncertain. Trusting the Lord in all that you do is a great rule for living.
Get outside and exercise
Get outside and look for the beauty of the white snowy landscape around us. The sunlight will do you good. Yes, it’s crisp outside, but if you’re doing something physical like taking a walk or skating or snowmobiling, you’ll warm up pretty quickly.
Get those endorphins going. Endorphins are sometimes referred to as your brains “feel good” chemicals and can reduce pain and lift your mood at the same time. That’s why exercise is so good for you. So take advantage of those feel-good endorphins to get you out of your crabbiness and out of the house.
Socialize away your winter blues
Get together with friends and family. If there are family members missing, appreciate the ones you truly are with. For me, I’m so very thankful for technology. My phone enables me to text a quick “hello, I miss you” anytime I get the urge. Plus, it’s definitely a fun way to beat the winter blues.
I’m sure that you always have someone nearby who you can get together with. Someone you can have coffee or lunch with or to go window shopping with. The point is to break the cycle of staying home and avoiding other humans.
Keep warm to cover up your winter blues
In our house, we keep the thermostat at 66 to keep from having propane delivered every week, haha. We’re on a budget, so scaling the temperature back helps a bit. Nevertheless, it’s cool in the house, so it’s necessary to wear a sweatshirt.
Drink warm beverages like coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Wrap up in a blanket and curl up with your spouse or your dog and watch a movie. This is the perfect time for winter Hallmark movies. Those characters are always happy in the winter. Let that be an example to you.
Get a hobby to occupy your time
A hobby or a project or whatever it takes to keep you busy will take your mind off of the cold and the lack of sunlight. My blogging hobby has become a business and requires quite a bit of my time.
I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to be blogging. For me, it’s more than writing blog posts weekly. I’m constantly learning and growing. Of course, if I want people to read the blog, it’s necessary to promote it on all the social media channels.
One of my favorite blessings that have come from blogging is all the wonderful friends I’ve made in the process. Plus, it’s awesome to meet people locally who I haven’t known before that have become friends of the blog. If you’re interested in starting a blog, check out this post about The Truth About my Exciting New Blogging Career. I will create a post on how to start your own blog soon. But in the meantime, Fluxing Well has a great tutorial for How to Start a Blog. Check it out!
If it’s affordable, use this time as an opportunity to go somewhere warm. If it’s not in the budget, there are lots of ways to save for such an adventure. I recently started an official budget and I made sure to include a line item for vacation.
If traveling is totally out of the picture, what about a massage? Pamper yourself a bit. Try a manicure, a massage, get your hair done. Do something to make you feel good.
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Get more light to brighten up your winter blues
Light therapy is a great way to help with the winter blues. I have two types of lights. The first is called a happy light and it provides an alternative to the sun. The exposure to the light may enhance your mood and give you more energy.
The other solution that I have used is called a Himalayan pink salt lamp. This lamp is a large piece of salt with a bulb inside which glows when it’s lit.
The lamps can calm your mood and increase focus. They also release small amounts of negative ions that can boost your mood by increasing the flow of oxygen to your brain.
This results in your being more alert, reducing drowsiness, and creating more mental energy. I’ve used one in the past. Another benefit is that it provides a decorative aspect as well.
Get some help to get over your winter blues
If you find that after trying all of these ideas, that you still are sad and unhappy, you might want to contact a professional. I’ve been through many ups and downs in my life. I have been to see therapists in the past. There’s no harm in it. If you get to this stage, check with your doctor who can refer you to someone they trust.
I hope you can use these 8 fun ways to help you beat the winter blues this year, as well as, every winter to come. For more strategies in coping with overcoming challenges in your life, you will love 9 Powerful Strategies for Facing Challenges in Life and How to Persevere in Spite of Challenges.
There are only a couple more months left of winter and then those little green buds will have me doing the happy dance all around my deck and back yard. In the meantime, I might just go buy a bouquet of daffodils and tulips to brighten things up inside my home. Better yet, I’ll drop some spring-like hints to my dear hubby of how beautiful they are now that they’re on display in the store.
Do you get the winter blues? What solutions do you swear by? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Please share in the comments below.
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