Last Updated on May 17, 2022 by Thalia
It’s been hard for me to stay my usual positive and motivated self this month.
The winter blues have seriously kicked in and having spoken to a few people it sounds like everyone is feeling it.
So having done a lot of internal work this week, I thought I would share some mindful tips with you that have really helped me beat the winter blues.
January is never the most exciting month.
And the fact that the majority of us are in lockdown really doesn’t help. There’s nothing to look forward to, no dinners with friends, no weekend trips and currently no summer holidays planned.
It’s definitely easy to forget the good things in life and only focus on the doom and gloom.
Because we can’t be optimistic all the time.
After all we’re only human, and it’s completely natural to have those negative days.
I’m, however, not someone who particularly enjoys wallowing or feeling overwhelmed. I’ve spent a lot of time in the past fighting and ignoring those feelings, but as time’s gone on, I have learnt to listen to my body.
Now when I feel emotionally drained or uninspired, I like to take things slow.
I don’t put too much pressure on myself, and instead, do what I can.
So if you too, are feeling low from the winter blues or are struggling with seasonal depression, then I hope you find comfort in this blog post. And the tips listed below, help you to keep your spirits up.
Table of Contents
- 7 tips to help beat the winter blues
- Final Thoughts
7 tips to help beat the winter blues
1 | Allow yourself a slow morning
I’m definitely not someone who likes to jump out of bed in the morning.
And for some reason, I have always made myself feel guilty about that.
However, since it’s super cold outside I have allowed myself to be ok with having a slower morning than usual. I ignore my alarm and stay in bed a little longer tucked under the blanket reading a book. I’m currently only reading fiction which is just bringing me so much joy.
So to help you beat the winter blues, I suggest adopting a slow pace for when you wake up so you can mindfully navigate the morning and prepare yourself for the day ahead.
Having a slow morning with plenty of calm moments will also allow you to you start your day on the right foot and reduce stress.
2 | Practice Gratitude
Practising gratitude is the simplest thing you can do each morning to become happier.
I start my day off with this simple ritual, and it has honestly changed my outlook on life.
It has allowed me to focus on all the good things and the things that continue to light me up inside. I now have a newfound appreciation for the smaller, more simple things in life and the things that I have access to, that others might not.
So to help beat those pesky winter blues, set time aside in the morning and evening to practice gratitude.
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3 | Reduce To-Do List to 1-3 Things Max
When you are feeling particularly low, the very last thing you want to do is plough your way through a to-do list that is the size of Mount Fuji.
It’s enough to cause you stress and overwhelm. And when you can’t complete all those tasks on your list, it will make you feel even shittier than you already do.
And only take on what you can.
For me, that usually looks like completing 1-2 small but important tasks to help please my productive side.
I can then spend the rest of the day curled up on the sofa without feeling guilty.
If you need help figuring out what tasks need your immediate attention, and which tasks you can eliminate from your list, use the Eisenhower Matrix.
4 | Compliment yourself out loud
This year, I’ve been making a conscious effort to be kinder to myself.
Especially when I’m feeling down.
I’m also making sure I take longer moments to appreciate how far I’ve come in just a few months and celebrate all my small wins.
It helps me a lot to practice self-love during tough moments. Because when I feel low, my instant reaction is to scroll through social media and compare myself to others.
But by being able to show myself compassion and give myself grace, I can avoid the comparison cycle and focus on my journey.
Allowing me to feel a lot less insecure during my struggle with the winter blues.
Which leads nicely into my next point…
5 | Take regular breaks from social media
My main priority when I’m feeling emotionally drained is to protect the rest of my energy.
Social media has always filled me with a lot of anxiety and self-doubt so I make sure I stay off of it.
No one wants to wake up feeling shit about themselves and then scroll through Instagram to see Betty in the Bahamas or Debbie in Dubai.
So be kind to your mind and unplug.
And if you need help limiting your screen time and disconnecting, then check out this Social Media Detox Kit.
6 | Stretch and move your body
Fresh air is my therapy.
I love getting outdoors on a slow day, taking the time to breathe and looking at nature. Wiggling my toes is also a must as it gets my blood pumping.
So reduce feelings of anxiety during winter and beat the blues by getting out in nature as much as possible, and allow the fresh air to help clear out the cobwebs.
You’ll be surprised by how much of an effect it has on the mind.
7 | Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night
I’m thankfully not someone who struggles with getting plenty of sleep.
And it’s no different when I’m feeling low.
Getting plenty of sleep and rest is essential for your own mental health and well-being. Your body needs it to repair itself, and your mind needs that time to reset.
If you struggle with getting to sleep at night I suggest building a relaxing evening routine. Burn a candle, have a warm bath or listen to mellow music to help you unwind.
These mindful tips and tricks have seen me through January and have not failed me.
I feel happier and brighter and I can’t wait to tackle the rest of winter by doing exactly what I’m doing now – taking things slow.
Again, I hope you find comfort in this blog post, and these tips help you to beat the winter blues. I encourage you to bookmark this page so you can refer back to it whenever you need it.
And if you need any further help or guidance, my inbox is always open.
Until next week,
♡ Thalia xx
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