It’s been a while, I know.
This time of year tends to be the most difficult for me. Although I love the holiday spirit and can eat my fair share of cookies, there’s something about the cold weather that makes me just want to curl up next to my dog and sleep away the next few months.
While it would be nice to escape to a tropical paradise, the reality is that I just can’t afford it at this moment. So I’m going to tell you my couple secrets to avoiding the winter blues. Here goes…
Number 1: Exercise!
This is often the most challenging secret as my body tends to not even want to move when its cold BUT it’s also the most rewarding. I good workout will not only warm you deep to your core but it will also change your mental game.
After completing an intense workout I’m almost always in a better mood, with more mental energy and clarity. It also doesn’t hurt that exercise allows me to eat a few extra cookies at all those holiday parties without feeling guilty.
Number 2: Be with friends and loved ones
When it’s so cold it literally hurts to go outside, it’s easy to forget there is even a world out there. And much less one filled with friends and family that love and care about you. Make a conscious effort to spend time with those you love and I promise it will brighten your mood as well.
And besides, almost everyone else feels the way you do around this time of year and they’ll appreciate an empathetic ear as well.
Number 3: Treat yoself!
Whether its buying yourself a special gift or indulging in that extra piece of cake, it’s important to remember that you work hard and deserve a little treat every once in a while.
My go to treat this time of year is actually tanning. It warm, relaxing, and gives me that summer glow I miss so much. The other day I was looking for tanning salons near me and came across a great two for one coupon. I jumped on the deal and invited my girlfriend to join, completing both #2 and #3!
Other great options are massages, manicures, pedicures, or enjoying festive holiday arts and music if that what you’re into. Just do something that you truly enjoy and normally wouldn’t treat yourself to.
Number 4: Work hard.
I know this one seems almost counterintuitive. But the truth is it works for me. I’ve discovered that one of the contributing factors to my seasonal funk is actually having too much time to think. In the summer when its beautiful outside my schedule is usually so booked with great things to do that I barely have time to overthink my life.
But in the winter when I’m much more dormant, I have way too much time to think (and overthink) everything that’s going on in my life. So when I find myself in a moment of overthinking, I like to bury myself in work. That way I’m so focused on a project that I have no time to worry about the things that detract from my positive mental attitude.
Number 5: Enjoy what the season is about…
There’s a lot of beautiful moments during the holidays. Soak them up. Drink some eggnog with friends, sit by a warm fireplace, take in the beautiful Christmas lights, and otherwise enjoy what makes this time of year special to you.
As silly as it seems some of the most mundane activities can truly brighten your day. For example, the other day I took a trip with my brother to Barnes and Noble so we could grab a coffee and read a good book… Something we hadn’t done in years. It hard to pin what it was, maybe the holiday shoppers, the warm coffee, or just a good read… but something about being there changed my mood in a matter of minutes.
All in all, remember that you’re not the only one feeling the winter woes. Open up to those you love and remember that there’s always tomorrow. Happy holidays everyone!