It's reached that point of winter when the sun don't shine, it's cold AF, and you just want it to be spring already. We all hit that low point during the wintertime where everything just seems to suck. The term "winter blues" is a real thing--coined as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which affects many people throughout the world. I personally have been battling low moods this past week and wanted to share ten ways that help me feel better during this time of the year.
1. Embrace Hygge
You've probably heard about this Danish word (pronounced "hoo-ga" or "hue-gaa") that's become a major trend. Although there is no English translation, it essentially means an atmosphere, feeling, or mood of happiness, coziness, and wellbeing. Think of wearing cozy socks, being wrapped up in blankets, surrounded by pillows and sipping on warm tea with the lights down low while your favorite candle is burning on your nightstand. Just the sound of this makes me a little happier.
2. Be Active & Eat Well
Exercise and eating healthy are not only smart lifestyle choices, but they're also good ways to boost your mood during the winter time. Getting your blood flowing will allow your body to release endorphins, which trigger positive emotions. As for food, if you eat crap, you're going to feel like crap. Take advantage of the increased time spent inside and try out some new and healthy recipes. Some of my favorite food bloggers are Naturally Ella, Oh She Glows, and Minimalist Baker.
3. Get Outside
Removing yourself from the indoors will clear your mind and the human body thrives off the vitamin D emitted from the sun's rays. Try to take advantage of when the sun is out for 15 minutes around mid-day.
Call up a friend or organize a night out with your besties. A few hours laughter and chatter will boost your mood and you'll forget about how depressing the weather outside is.
5. Read Books & Listen to Podcasts
One positive thing about winter is that you find yourself with more time on your hands since you're inside more. With all this extra time I love reading books, blogs, and articles and I also love listening to podcasts. Using this extra time inside is an opportunity to escape reality into a good novel or learn new healthy habit tips.
Check out my Top 3 Podcasts for Motivation & Productivity and my Goodreads to see what I've been reading.
Taking just 5 minutes out of your day to sit and focus on your breath will calm and ease your mind, especially when the stress of winter has your anxiety shooting up. I've been using the Calm app in the morning and love it!
7. Turn Up Your Favorite Songs & Dance
Don't question this! Just do it!
9. Take Time For Yourself
Turn off your phone. Light a candle. Take a bath. Apply a face mask. Put on some calming music. Lay back and just be present in the moment.
10. Practice Gratitude
At the end of the day we should all be grateful for the endless breathes we take, the opportunities and privileges we are given, and the beauty that surrounds us--even when it's cold and dark outside.
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