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5 Ways To Beat The Winter Blues

Updated on September 12, 2013
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How To Feel Better In The Winter

This time of year can be tough on our mental wellbeing, and I am one of the millions who find the short dark days difficult at times. Over the years I have found ways to make things easier and better cope with the winter months.

1. Go Outside
I think the most important thing I do during winter, is to continue going outside. I feel less inclined (unsurprisingly) to go out when it’s cold, wet and grey, but even after a quick twenty minute walk, I find I feel more able to relax in a positive mood once back indoors. Natural light has its part to play in this, as well as the stimulation of different scenery and different affects to the body, such as feeling the rain, or the warmth you get by generating body heat within warm layers of clothing. Gel Handwarmers can also make walking in the cold more bearable!

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Happy in the winter | Source
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2. Hanging Out With Positive People
I try not to associate too much with people who live in a state of negativity. I find their company drains my energy and feel the negativity rubbing off on me. I’m not heartless, I do spend time with friends and family who need support, reassurance and company but have, in the past, had friends who would give Eeyore, from the Winnie the Pooh books, a run for his money for seemingly relishing in being miserable. On the flip side, spending time with people who really do need support going through hard times or having troubles can be positive. Knowing that I am helping someone, or giving a person the support and encouragement they really need stimulates a sense of wellbeing in myself. Caring for others is, in my opinion, a fundamental requirement for most people to feel complete.

3. Make Lists Of Positive Plans
I always have at least a few lists ongoing in the notebook app on my phone. I look at these note regularly, revising them, submitting or adding ideas. These lists normally include films I want to see, places to go this year, or pursuits I want to spend more time doing, and I find I add to them more when I am in a positive mood or have been stimulated by ideas, such as reading a good article in a Sunday newspaper travel supplement. Having tangible stuff to do gives me things to look forward to and also focuses my mind on positive experiences I can have. So, if I’m feeling like I need a pick me up or need ideas, I know I’ve got my lists to go to.

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4. Having Little Treats
Making the most of doing things that don’t cost the earth but bring pleasure, like going out for fish and chips at a great restaurant in the next village, or having a pot of tea and a caramel slice in a great little café in Whitstable my husband and I discovered and now visit on a regular basis. Joining "lovefilm" was one of the best treats I have recently done. I love watching films and now have a constant stream of new films to watch, with very minimal cost. I still get a little wave of excitement when the next films drop through the letter box. I know what is going to be delivered but still think it’s great when suddenly a film appears on my doormat.

5. Use A Natural Alarm Clock

Natural alarm clocks simulate a natural dawn by gradually increasing light and natural sounds making waking up easier, especially when it is cold and dark in the winter. Natural alarm clocks have been found to be helpful for people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder.

The one good thing about these winter months is, summer is so much more appreciated once it does arrive. :)


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    • justmesuzanne profile image

      justmesuzanne 3 years ago from Texas

      Excellent practical advice! Voted up, useful and interesting! :)

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      thanks xanzacow - they have helped me to cope with winter too!

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      Cynthia 5 years ago from North Myrtle Beach, SC

      Great tips. I may have to use some of these.

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      Adrian Smith 5 years ago from UK

      I know! I'm much more of a summer person but have found that a little adjustment can make winter more bearable. :)

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      sabrani44 5 years ago

      Good tips, thanks for sharing. Its hard not to feel the winter blues, but your tips will help with that :)