Right after I graduated from college I moved to the East Coast. I had spent the first 22 years of my life in Southern California and decided to really change things up by moving 3000 miles away. Fall…was amazing! All of those red, green and yellow leaves…beautiful! December…was magical! There is just something about Christmas lights reflecting on snow that will take your breath away.
And then, January. And February. And March. And I realized that once Christmas is over there just isn’t very much that is magical about winter and so instead you just wait for the first signs of spring. But after a few years I began to learn a few tricks to help me beat the winter blues. And while I still never loved January-March, I at least learned to appreciate it and not let the winter leave me depressed. So today I’m sharing 9 ways to beat the winter blues.
Laugh. More than any other time of year it’s important to laugh, so watch a funny movie or tv show. If I was feeling particularly down about the cold and snow I would watch an episode of Friends.
Exercise. Get up and get moving. If it’s too cold to go outside, hit the gym. Or invest in a few quality workout dvd’s so you can get moving at home. It doesn’t really matter what you do, but if you want to beat the winter blues, you have to get moving.
Plan a trip. Begin thinking warm thoughts and spending time planning a spring break trip. Knowing there is a light at the end of the tunnel can be very helpful.
Connect. It can be tempting in the winter to hibernate…I mean bears do it! But, hibernation can be lonely which can lead to depression. So invite a few friends over for a game night, plan a girls night out, or organize dinner out. Anything to help you connect with real life people (just because you’ve bonded with the characters in your favorite Netflix shows, that doesn’t count as a connection!).
Think spring. Nothing like thinking spring to beat the winter blues. Grab a bouquet of flowers the next time you’re at the grocery store to make your house feel more like spring.
Dance party. Turn up the music and dance because a good playlist can turn a frown upside down!
Embrace winter. The reality is winter is going to come every year. So find some type of winter activity that you can enjoy so that you don’t dread these three months.
Create traditions. Throw a Groundhog Day party. Host an epic game night every January. Be creative but plan something you can year after year so people have something to look forward to in the middle of winter.
Go get a spray tan. Sounds silly but if you look a bit like summer when you look in the mirror, winter won’t seem quite as awful.
What other ways have you found to be effective at helping you beat the winter blues?