Although my mood naturally improves during winter, there are a lot of people who really suffer from seasonal depression or just really dislike the cold. If you are finding yourself having issues with getting in the mood this year, here are 5 ways you can improve your mood this winter season.
1. Take some Time For You
I’m not going to lie, I am the queen of doing things for myself. The holidays can tend to focus on everything but us, so make sure that you are taking back your power and doing something for yourself each day. This can be something as easy as taking a nice bubble bath every now and then or even just cooking yourself a nice dinner. You may also benefit from some journaling or a grounding meditation too!
2. Don’t Think You Have to Do Everything
This time of the year can be hard on all of us. We are stretching ourselves thin trying to make everyone happy and that is not something we have to do. In a way, this year has actually been a blessing in terms of limiting us. I have always been a firm believer that unless something brings you happiness, don’t do it. The holidays are no different! If you don’t feel comfortable going to your aunt’s party, don’t go!
3. Try and Get Outside
Even if you absolutely hate cold weather, getting outside can have a ton of benefits to help improve your mood during winter. Getting outside reconnects you with nature which can help you feeling grounded. We all need Vitamin D, and the sun is the ultimate source of that. If you can’t necessarily get outside right now, try opening up your window for a few minutes per day and sitting beside it for a brief period of time. I have been loving taking my dogs on a walk through our wooded area!
4. Create a Routine or Ritual
If you read my post about my productive winter morning routine, then you know how much I love a routine or even a ritual. I think there is something precious about taking time in your day for yourself. Creating a routine can also help make sure that you keep your house in order and your mind at ease.
5. Don’t Be Afraid to Talk it Out
For years I was always afraid to share my feelings. If something was bothering me, no one else knew about it. One of the best ways to improve your mood during winter months is to talk to people. By sharing how you are feeling you are taking the pressure off of yourself. Whoever you talk to may also be able to help you with whatever you are feeling!