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Four Ways to Overcome the Winter Blues
To say that it’s dark, miserable and pretty darn cold right now is a bit of an understatement. Let’s be honest, we’re all feeling a little bit low, and even though we constantly remind ourselves that it gets brighter just a liiiittle bit earlier every morning and it gets darker a liiiittle bit later every evening, it all still feels like an uphill struggle. Don’t worry we feel the same.
As a result, we’ve put together four ways in which you’re able to fight off the winter blues, be it by yourself or with your family.
Plan Something Fun
This is probably the easiest and quickest to put into action. Pick up the phone, arrange a coffee date, afternoon tea or dinner and drinks with friends you haven’t seen in a while. Or book a break away, giving the whole family something to look forward to – we call it ‘dangling the carrot’; an incentive for everyone to work towards. You’re also likely to get good prices for holidays and activities if you book at this time of year!
This one takes a little longer to complete, but we’d argue feels a lot more rewarding. Clutter impacts your energy. “Sorry, what?” We hear you say. Well, being in a space full of things weighs you down mentally as well as physically. We read somewhere that it’s like having a thin piece of thread running from your body to every single item in the room; that is a lot of ties, which are likely to keep you feeling stagnant and heavy. Start cutting those ties, you’ll feel more buoyant and lighter. Let go of things which no longer serve you.
Our rule of thumb is that, if you haven’t worn or used it in three months, get rid of it. But, if you don’t have the heart to remove it just yet, then hold onto it for another three months. If you haven’t used it in six months, the likelihood is that you won’t use it. This includes clothes, items around the hours, décor, apps on your phone and laptop. You can donate it to your local charity shop or even sell on Ebay. And you can always purchase, borrow or download it again when you actually do need it. The less you have, the less you have to look after, and the more space you have mentally and physically.
You think we’re joking? Nope. We’re taking full advantage of the fact that by 7pm it looks like it could be midnight! Why not sleep earlier and get those few extra hours in, you’ll wake up feeling so much more refreshed, not feeling guilty about how you wasted your evenings slouched in front of the TV or scrolling through Facebook. If you have young children, send them to bed 45 minutes to an hour earlier so that you can have enough time to tidy up and organise yourself before getting some good eye-shut for yourself. And also bear in mind, from an evolutionary perspective, winter is the time for us animals to sleep and hibernate. Top Tip: put down all electronic items half an hour to an hour before sleeping, it will help you to unwind and sleep easier. Try this one, you’ll thank us later!
Start a New Hobby
As cliché as it sounds for this time of year, getting into a new hobby can really help to lift your mood and refocus your energy. Join your nearest yoga class, coding class or book club, play tennis, walk more or start a blog. By channelling your energy into a new outlet, this will help to rewire your brain to work consciously when carrying out the new activity as opposed to just plodding along like we all seem to do in the winter. Also, physical activity boosts positive endorphins, leaving us feeling more energised and happier – so try and get physical!
We hope that these were useful in beating your winter blues! We know they’re working for us (especially the sleeping early one!) Let us know if you’re already implementing any of these.