There are so many things we love about winter. The changing color of the trees, the cozy scarves that we get to wear on a regular basis, the hot chocolates with cream and marshmallows, and the run-up to Christmas that gets us all in a festive mood. However, winter isn’t all sunshine and rainbows… mostly because both just aren’t around during this time! With little sunlight or warmth to enjoy, some people often find themselves experiencing the winter blues during this season. Instead of facing it alone, or hoping that the blues will simply turn to bright yellow, these mindfulness tricks will hopefully do the trick.
Get your body moving
Although the idea of going for a run during the winter months is enough to fill us with dread, getting your body moving is one of the best ways to beat the winter blues. Thankfully, you don’t have to don your sneakers for this event, because you can partake in any physical activity of your choice. As long as you get your blood pumping and your heart racing, you’re all good to go. Any form of movement or exercise allows your body to release serotonin, and this will instantly boost your mood. Anyone up for some winter ice skating?
Stick to your routine
As the days become darker and the run-up to the New Year begins, it can often feel as though the winter months are slipping away from you. Your routine becomes mismatched, you don’t know where you’re supposed to be and when, and you feel as though you’ve lost all control of your life. This can be incredibly disconcerting, and make the winter blues turn a darker shade of blue. Because of this, it’s important to stick to your routine as much as you can. By maintaining your sleep and work pattern, you can keep your body in sync with itself. Of course, you always have to give yourself time for things you love. Treat yourself.
Set yourself some goals
As the year comes to an end, you can often find yourself reminiscing about the year that’s gone by. Most of the time, you think of the negatives. You think about what you haven’t done, you think about the downsides, and you think about the times that you were sad. Of course, this isn’t going to do much to improve your mood, so you need to do something about that. Instead of focusing on the past, focus on the future. Set yourself some goals for the next year, and make your first move. Once you’ve done this, you’ll be able to focus on the positive and focus on the exciting things that are to come in the future.
If you find that you are snuggling under a blanket and feeling sorry for yourself more often than not during the winter months, there’s a high chance that you could be suffering from the winter blues. Instead of focusing on these blues, focus on mindfulness instead, and you may find your whole life turning around.