I don’t know about you guys but I am ready for Spring and Summer to come along now.
I’m bored of wearing so many layers to combat the cold temperatures outside; I don’t have a log fire to be able to appreciate having these cold times – that way; and Christmas has been and gone so I don’t have all of the pretty lights around and festivities to look forward to.
In fact, I propose that we move Christmas from December to February. We would be distracted from the winter-blues with Christmas preparations and then when it’s over, Spring would almost be here! I’m sure Jesus wouldn’t mind. No? Just me?
Well then, I guess I’ll just have to deploy my usual methods of combating the winter blues. Let me share them with you, they may help you too.
1. No one has a perfect life.
I’m not saying the whole – there’s always someone worse off than you – thing. I’m saying, when you look around and it seems that others are having the time of their life, they’re probably thinking the exact same thing about you. Whether we realise it or not, we all “put a face on” when we’re in public and so to the world, all is perfect. Realising that we all have our own crosses the bear, may help you to remember that you’re not alone.
2. Don’t let yourself sleep more than you would in the summer.
Make your days last longer by not sleeping extra just because it’s dark outside. Set yourself to-do lists and schedule your time to keep your brain moving and focussed on getting your tasks done.
3. Get yourself outside.
It’s said that even just 15 minutes outside in direct sunlight helps to boost your mood. So get some layers on (yes more layers) and go for a stroll. Go on, the first step is the hardest.
4. Make time for family and friends.
It’s so easy just to shut yourself away and hibernate until summer time. But socialising and talking to the people that you enjoy seeing, is a great way to remind yourself that you do connect with other people and that you can have a good time.
5. Don’t rely on alcohol to lift your mood.
We all know a bad mood and alcohol (or un-prescribed drugs) do not really mix. You don’t want to add a night of regrets to your mental stresses.
6. Do something for yourself.
If your brain is too cluttered and won’t let you just stop, look up some relaxation tips online, there’s plenty around. Also, listening to your heart is a good way of doing something for yourself. Really look inside and think about what you would like to do if there were no obstacles in front of you.
If you think it may be more than just the winter blues, then it may mean that some real changes or professional help is needed to occur to help you stay in the light.