Ok, we’ve talked about beating dry, winter skin…but what’s worse then that is trying to beat the Winter Blues. I think most of us that live in a cold wintery climate experience this from time to time, but some of us are affected by it so greatly it starts to affect our work, relationships, and so much more.
With winter not even half way over, how are we suppose to get through? Here are some helpful tips and websites to help you get through the last part of winter with a smile (or at least help elevate your mood):
1. Wear Bright and colorful clothes or accent your home with Bright Colors. That’s right, break out of your winter blues and blacks with a dose of red, orange or yellow. If you’re like me, this will be extremely tough at first to leave the comfort of my favorite black sweater...but we can do it!
The more you surround yourself with warm summer colors, the better you may feel. Now, don’t rush to Home Depot and change the color of your room or throw away all of your clothes and buy all new stuff, but subtle changes can help. Try some new pillow shams in a nice peachy tone or scarf in red.
Here are a few of my favorite sites to find those little things to boost your mood without breaking your budget:
2. Buy yourself something nice without breaking the bank. While buying something new to help boost your mood is one thing, going on a bender is something completely different! Don’t confuse the rush of spending money on shiny new things with feeling better or as fix for your Winter Blues. If it is a fix, it’s a short term one and you will feel worse once your bank statement arrives. Treat yourself, but don’t over do it. Here a few site to help you treat yourself without breaking the bank and help you fulfill tip number one:
Shirts and things: http://www.etsy.com/shop/implexus
Pillows, Purses and more: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Ruthscrafts
Charming Wall Decal’s: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Charming925
3. Next on the list is exercise and eat right. I know your thinking, “God, I don’t even have energy to change my clothes and brush my teeth, let alone EXERCISE”. I know, but trust me, this one you don’t want to skip out on. Exercise is a very important part of keeping your body and your mind healthy. Ten minutes a day (on bad day) can change your mood! Try using a balance ball while watching TV or taking the stairs at work to ease you in.
Not sure how to change those eating habits? One of my favorite sites to getting you a healthy track is www.sparkpeople.com.
You can create a meal and fitness plan to you and on your bad days, you can write about it.
4. Which brings me to my next point: Write about or talk about it.
It doesn’t do anyone any good to sit at home and make yourself feel worse. The Winter Blues can make a person retreat away from social situations and not want to talk about how you feel. If you can’t talk to someone, write about it. Write down how you feel and don’t be afraid to spill your guts. When your ready…find a friend and just talk about it. The more you talk about it, the easier it is to mange the blues.
Of course there are many other suggestions like investing in a S.A.D (seasonal affective disorder) light or tanning and so much more. So don’t be afraid to do some research and remember, you are not alone.
Here are few links to help get your started:
If you think at all that your Winter Blues might be something more, than please get help! The most important thing in life is to be able to enjoy it. Don’t rob yourself of being able to be happy. If you don’t know where to get help or how, here are some great starting points: