Well, it looks like it’s that time again. It’s getting colder. It’s getting darker. Time to find your big winter jacket and boots. Most of us dread this part of the year. Here are some tips that will help you get through until spring!
1. Commit to an activity you enjoy.
When it’s cold and dark outside and the roads are covered with ice, a lot of us feel lethargic and want to stay home. But if we don’t plan something to do in the winter months, more than likely we’ll end up on the couch watching yet another episode on Netflix. We can end up feeling like life is passing us by, one cold night at a time.
To make the most out of the coming winter months, try taking up a new routine that involves warmth in some way. You could try hot yoga, sign up for indoor beach volleyball or even nuzzle up in a warm bubble bath. If you start now it will become a habit before it’s a winter wonderland out there!
Choosing an activity that incorporates warmth in some way will help make the winter months feel less like a burden. Doing activities you enjoy – as you would in the summer months – may not bring warm sunshine, but it will bring fun and joy into your life.
2. Go to bed early.
Winter is a time of rest and hibernation. Our bodies naturally want more sleep because of the cold weather and less hours of daylight. Craving sugar during the evening hours is one key sign that your body is tired and needs sleep. So give your body what it needs and get to bed a little earlier each night. You will feel much more vibrant and energetic the next day if you invest in your sleep.
3. Get a SAD lamp.
Waking up to a pitch black sky in the morning can make it very difficult to get out of bed. It can also make it hard to have sun-shiny positive thoughts. SAD (which stands for seasonal affective disorder) lamps release natural light, which impacts neurotransmitters in the brain. This can be especially beneficial for people who wake up when it’s dark and get home when it’s dark.
SAD lamps can be very effective for people who experience seasonal affective disorder, or seasonal depression. I discuss the benefits in tip #36 in my book, 52 Ways to Beat Depression Naturally. Starting your day with a little sunshine (even if you have to buy it) can really make a difference to start your day in a positive way.
4. Make your house a home.
Spending extra time at home during the winter months will be much more enjoyable if you make your nest a place you want to be.
What do you need to do to make your home feel soul nurturing? For some people, something as simple as lighting scented candles and hanging pictures of friends and families makes them feel comforted and at ease. Try playing soothing music as soon as you walk in the door. If your home is a nurturing place it can feel like a bit of an escape from the cold dark winter.