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How to Survive the Winter Blues - 5 Simple Tips

Updated on June 16, 2013
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Beating the Winter Blues

1. Do something just for Fun - Life can be tough for many people with the economic climate we live in, and the need to watch what we spend. Winter can be such a drag, especially if you are sick, lonely, living away from home or short on cash. But there are some simple ways to enjoy your time and not blow the budget. Grab some dvd's some munchies and have a few friends over for a sleepover; host a coffee and gelato desert night;or a mocktail and nibbles night; go window shopping or op shopping with a friend or take in some flea markets where there are always treasures to be found. Watch your favorite movie or re read your favorite book. Take time to smell the roses, literally, finding roses that have a scent can be challenging so grow your own.Focusing on something lovely, pretty or beautiful can lift spirit's when down.

2. Enjoy your Relationships - use this time to focus on your relationships. Family and friends are what make the world go around better, and sometimes a simple text or email message of encouragement, a thank you card, a small gift in the mail or taking that special someone out for coffee,a drink, brunch or lunch doesn't have to be an expensive exercise. So too is taking an elderly family member or friend for a walk or outing.Writing a note to your children to tell them how much you love them can be an invaluable keepsake for them in years to come.

And if you are lucky enough to have grandchildren, enjoying life's simple pleasures together such as a going on a trip to a park can be immensely rewarding for both of you. It is easy to neglect appreciating the people you love, so this can be a very rewarding experience and a productive way to use some time.

3. Spring Clean Early - and I don't just mean clean out your cupboards. A clean out of your body mind and soul can be beneficial to a healthy life. A simple detox program; a yoga or pilate class; tai chi exercises or a meditation class can bring perspective back into your life and rejuvinate your thinking.

4. Start a new Hobby/Project/Course - Is there something that you have always wanted to do and have never got around to it. You don't have to wait to go out to enroll in a course. That's what youtube is for. You can just about learn anything online these days. Anything from learning to knit, sing, play the piano to restoring and covering furniture to cooking is covered and easy to learn online. Give it a go you will be surprised what is available.

5. Learn to Relax - Taking the time to catch a sunrise or sunset; Go for a walk by the beach or forest; Take a relaxing boat/ferry ride can help to de stress; Watch a favorite movie, preferably uplifting; Have a massage; Read a good book; Find something to laugh about and laugh a lot, it helps everything.

There are a ton of simple, inexpensive ways to beat cold gloomy Winter days, some of these may help.


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      Mary 5 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Hello neighbor!!...thanks for stopping by & happy to put a smile on your gloominess:) The tips come from my heart...I know how it can be! How cold is it lately?? & anymore rain and I'm up for an Ark! How about you? Oh and they are my fantastic men in the photos...cheers

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      BeyondMax 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Awesome tips, I'd say they sound loving and caring! Love the pictures =) Puts a smile on my royal gloominess =) Really, you can understand me like no other - just survived a week of rain and now it's freezing... I'm trying hard to stay afloat, sweet neighbor (I'm pretty close to you) =)

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      Mary 6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks Cyndi10 & Binaya for reading & commenting- much appreciated- soo good to be a part of the'hub family'

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      Binaya.Ghimire 6 years ago

      One of the tips on surviving last day of winter is: Enjoy your Relationships. Very interesting.

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      Cynthia B Turner 6 years ago from Georgia

      I'll hold on to your suggestions until our winter sets in. Voted up. Great photos as well.

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      Mary 6 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Thanks so much Rochelle, yes we are nearly through Winter here in Oz - but the cold just keeps coming and thought to focus on lifting spirit's - glad you liked my article and taking the time to comment.

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      Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

      Great suggestions. At first I was wondering why you were writing about the end of Winter. Then I realized your seasons are upside down in Australia.

      Actually your suggestions are great for anyone in any season-- especially if you are feeling down, so I rated it up.