This time of year, many are experiencing the winter blues; that letdown feeling after the holiday gatherings are over, less sunlight hours in the day and the enthusiastic feelings for your new year’s goals and plans already fading. But don’t despair! There are things you can do to cure the winter blues.
Here are a few suggestions to combat the winter blues:
- Try something new. Take a class, join a different exercise group, or master a hobby you’ve been meaning to try. Learning something new will fill you with pride, accomplishment, and give you something to think about beside the gloomy weather!
- Invite people over. Ask friends, co-workers, women from Bible study or PTA to your home for a meal, dessert, to watch a favorite sports team or do crafts. Make it easy by asking your guests to bring something. If you have children, invite another family or two over for a themed dinner, games or movies. The point is sharing the warmth of your home with others!
- Plan an imaginary trip to a warm and sunny destination. Go to your local bookstore (hopefully one with a coffee shop!) and browse through travel books and magazines. Where would you like to visit? What excursions would you do? Looking at pictures of beaches and thinking of wearing warm weather clothing will get you thinking warm thoughts. Save your notes, maybe you’ll take that trip someday!
- Catch the sun when you can. I have come to enjoy winter walks. I bundle up and walk briskly through my neighborhood on sunny winter days. We recently had extreme temperatures – be aware of frigid temps and use a treadmill on those days instead.
- Tap into your creative side. Colder weather is the perfect time to do something indoors that brings out your artsy/crafty skills. Check out your church, library or Community College for classes. Who knows, you might create a pottery mug for hot chocolate or a fuzzy scarf to keep you warm!
- Do random acts of kindness. Nothing gets you out of a funk faster than passing “warm fuzzies” on to others. Send handwritten notes to family and friends, visit an elderly neighbor who doesn’t get out in the cold (and offer to run errands for them), make a pot of chili or soup for a busy Mom; the ideas are endless! Warm your heart by serving and loving others…. you’ll warm their hearts too!
I’m sure many of you have great ideas for curing the winter blues. We’d love to hear about them in the comment section below.