As we get into December, it means winter is upon us and the days are getting colder and darker. While the holiday season is all about celebrating, sometimes it can be hard to stay positive because of the changing season. I wanted to share a few ways that you can fight off the winter blues and seasonal depression and have a great end of the year!
Start a new project.
I typically have a lot of downtime during the winter season, and I also don’t want to go out as much. So starting a new project or new hobbies is one way to pass the time! It’s exciting to try new things that don’t necessarily include using electronics. A couple of examples that you could do are paint / color, do puzzles, learn a new language, read a new book, declutter, yoga, and the list goes on.
Go outside and get what sunlight you can.
If you live where it’s warm during the winter, this is easy for you. Get outside and get some fresh air whether that means exercising, going for a drive, or taking a walk. It’s important to keep your body moving and soak up the sunlight. If you live in a colder climate, such as Chicago like I do, sunlight is… well limited. Even if it’s just for a minute, bundle up and outside to get some fresh air. If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, this is a great way to take a break.
Have self-care days.
I believe it is super important to take time to practice self-care. This can be just for a few minutes a day or it can be a whole day dedicated to yourself! Self-care can look different between everyone. For example, self-care could be just snuggling up with a book and some tea. Or it could be taking a long shower/bath. Whatever self-care looks like to you, make sure you include it at some point during your days. It will help you reset your mind and make you feel so much better.
Spend time with family & friends.
Of course, the holidays are all about spending time with family and friends. But what I have learned is that if you’re having a bad day or feeling down, surrounding yourself with people can lift your spirits. It is important to spend time with loved one and
Talk to someone.
It is normal to have bad days every once in a while. But if you’re feeling especially down, it’s always good to talk to someone you trust about how you’re feeling. There are many ways you can do this such as going to therapy or counseling online or in person.
If you’re from or around Peachtree City, Georgia, a counseling service that comes highly recommended is called Ray of Hope Counseling Services. They have been in service for 20+ years and their goal is to help someone find the best personal counselor so they can get the help that they need and get the best results! If you’re looking to get therapy in Peachtree City, they offer a free phone consultation, have flexible hours, and accept most insurances.
Going to therapy is occasionally seen as something that is a bad thing, but if you find the right person and you go in with an open mind, it can really help you. Sometimes just talking to someone can be what you need to boost your spirits.
Develop a routine.
Sometimes all you need is to develop a daily routine and block off time for being productive or to take breaks. This can mean getting up earlier or making a big breakfast. Develop a routine that gets you excited for each day. If you have a list of things you need to do, spread them out over the course of a few days so you have time and aren’t stressed.
The winter season and December can be exciting and jolly, but feeling the winter blues or seasonal depression is a real thing. Hopefully these tips that I have provided help you in fighting the feeling off and make you excited for the season!
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