Last Updated on August 25, 2021 by Thalia
It’s been hard for me to stay my usual positive & 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.
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.
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 not someone who particularly enjoys wallowing or feeling overwhelmed though. I’ve spent a lot of time in the past fighting and ignoring those feelings, but as time has 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 just do what I can.
Here are some of the things I do to beat the winter blues and keep my spirits up!
8 Tips To Help Beat The Winter Blues
Allow yourself a slow morning
I’m definitely not someone who jumps 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.
This is one thing I have started doing this year and it has honestly changed my outlook on life. Every morning, using the Five Minute Journal, I write down 3 things I am grateful for, 3 things that would make today great and a daily affirmation. Doing this every morning has made me enjoy the simpler things in life as well as giving me space to breathe.
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. I have therefore made the rule to only do a few important tasks to please my productive side. I can then spend the rest of the day curled up on the sofa.
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 am also making sure I take longer moments to appreciate how far I’ve come in just a few months and celebrate my small wins.
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 sh*t about themselves and then scroll through Instagram and see Betty in the Bahamas or Debbie in Dubai. Be kind to your mind and unplug.
If you need help limiting your screen time and disconnecting then check out my very own Social Media Detox Kit here.
Stretch & keep the body moving
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.
Get at least 7-9 hours of sleep a night
I’m thankfully not someone who struggles with getting in this much sleep and it’s no different when I’m feeling low. Sleep & rest are such important factors to our mental & physical health. Our bodies need it to repair and our minds need that time to reset.
If you struggle with getting to sleep at night I suggest building an evening routine – burn a candle, have a warm bath or listen to mellow music to help you unwind. I would also recommend downloading the FREE Checklist Bundle for even more evening routine ideas!
When I feel low the last thing I do is watch what I eat. Instead, I crack open the choccie biscuits, usually bourbons or Fox’s extremely chocolatey cookies, and watch Netflix. Let’s face it, if you can’t stuff your face on a bad day when can you stuff your face?
These tips & tricks have seen me through January and have not failed me. I feel happier & brighter and I can’t wait to tackle the rest of winter by doing exactly what I’m doing now -taking things slow.
What things do you do to help you beat the winter blues? Leave me a comment below or find me on Instagram and slide into my DMs. I would love to adopt some new tips.
Until next week,
♡ Thalia xx