Odd Things You Can Do to Help Beat the Winter Blues

  • 5_ways_to_overcome_the_winter_bluesFeed yourself. Seek out your favorite comfort foods, preferably the healthy ones, and enjoy them. I love soup with toast in winter. It’s so comforting and warm – and still healthy!
  • MUSIC! Just because you’re stuck inside on the weekend doesn’t mean you have to sit around and be blue – throw some of your fav tunes on, turn it up and dance!
  • Write a list of projects and pick one to do. I’ve always got a new hobby or interest that I’m trying to find time for, a rainy day is a great time to get some work done.
  • Movie Marathon! Some days you just need to rest up. It could be you’re getting over a cold that your kids or co-workers kindly shared with you, you’ve had a tough week, or you just need a laugh. I recommend grabbing your favourite funny movies and curling up on the couch and taking advantage of some free smiles. (or you can always watch The Hobbit, again :))
  • Catch up with friends – lunch is always a great way to catch up with your friends and find out what they’re up to. It’s good to talk about what you’re doing and how you’re feeling about things. You’re friends might be having some Winter Blues of their own, have a chat!!
  • Create a list: what makes you smile? what do you wish for? what do you dream about..?
  • Clean up! If there is all this ‘stuff’ cluttering up your mood it might be time to have a look at your surroundings. Sometimes you can clear your head by clearing your living space.
  • Retreat into a place that’s all your own. Lock the door, ignore the phone and just spend some time with yourself. I find meditation a great tool for getting rid of stresses and calming any anxiety. If that’s not for you maybe read a book or look at some inspirational pictures.
  • Build a fort and spend the day doodling, writing long expressive letters, and daydreaming inside it.
  • Light scented candles and take a long hot bath.
  • Smile. Even if you don’t feel like it. Smiles can change your mood completely, they can pick you up and make a bad day good. And they’re free!
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. Some things may seem important and crucial but in the big scheme of things is it really worth all the worry and negative energy?
  • Express what you feel. I don’t mean take out your feelings on someone (tempting as it may be sometimes). I mean use that feeling to paint/draw/bake/write/glue maccaroni – whatever helps you get the feeling out rather than bottling it up.
  • Paint your nails a fun new colour. I use to have gel nails but my budget decided it wasn’t really reasonable. So now I just paint them myself. It makes me feel happy to look down at my fingers and see a bright new colour.
  • Exercise! Exercise releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy – bye bye winter blues and hello slim summer body preparation!
  • Getting the right nutrients  If your body isn’t getting what it needs to function, you’re going to feel yuck. Make sure you get enough fruit and vegetables each day, and take supplements where you need them.
  • Look at pictures that make you smile, or that remind you of summer click here to get started.
  • Act on your resolutions. Often when we decide to do something – like lose weight, quit smoking, read more – and we lose track we can feel off track and lost. If you pick them back up and start again you’ll notice a change in your mood.
  • Embrace the season! It might be cold and dark most days, but its winter. Enjoy warm fires and hot chocolate. Pack on the layers and go for a stroll and enjoy how different everything looks this time of year.

So there you have it. If you want to add some of your own ideas to the list let me know! Email brickroadcreativestudios[at]gmail.com

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About Kathryn

Hello and welcome to the Brick Road Creative Studios blog! My name is Kathryn, feel free to take a look around. I hope you find some helpful and inspiring bits and pieces here.
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