For some places, it seems like winter is never going to end. (I'm looking at you Omaha.) It can be hard to constantly stay positive when the weather has you bogged down. Yes, Seasonal Affective Disorder IS A THING and it can be hard for anyone during the colder months. Here are a few tips to help you through, what may seem like, a never-ending winter.
1.) Eat a healthy meal that makes you happy
It's easy to get caught up eating the delicious fast-food and hide behind what's truly going on with your mental health. Make your favorite childhood meal, or throw some shrimp on your salad. Fueling yourself the correct way (while also making your tastebuds happy) will help give your body the energy it needs.
2.) Clean or organize just one thing
Cleaning can seem like a daunting task. During the winter months, it's easy to leave your bulky sweaters or coats out on the floor or back of a chair. It's easy to want to come home wrap yourself up in a blanket and throw on your favorite Netflix series BUT taking the time out to clean up one area can help you feel a little bit more put together. I organized & created my own "vanity." It's helped a lot! By simply adding a make-up organizer and a mirror!
3.) Try and get outside (especially when it's sunny!)
Winter in most places, is excurciatingly cold making it hard to get your vitamin D or your exercise in. However, getting outside for even just 20 minutes and breathing some fresh air can really revive you.
4.) Take some time for YOU
Getting caught up in the head-down, work, work, work approach because there doesn't seem to be anything else to do will not only cause burnout, but it can really hurt your overall mental health. A constant go, go, go is never good for anybody. I don't care what GQ or Cosmo magazine article say, constantly working isn't what life is about. Need some self-care ideas? I've got you.
5.) Do something you truly love once a week
This will look different for everyone. I choose to look at puppies, my fiance chooses to binge GoT for the third time, my mom chooses to clean or take a nap, the list goes on. Creating the time to do what you love in the heart of winter can seem hard, but oh-so-worth-it once you've done it. Remember, winter will end and life is short so try to enjoy every moment you can.
Do you have any other tips that help you get through the winter? I'd love to hear them! Drop them in the comments below or shoot me an email and I'd love to share it with others.