Here in the midwest, it’s already basically winter. It gets dark early, it’s freezing out and we already have some snow on the ground. My toddler is amazed and then cranky when I tell him it’s too cold to go outside.
Winter is a bad season for almost everyone. If you have a mental illness (like SAD) or maybe you just get the “winter blues”, the lack of sunlight and cold is hard to cope with for most of us. Here are some tips from me that can help you stay emotionally well this winter season!
1- Be mindful.
Think about the beauty of the season. I look at the snow falling through the eyes of my 2 year old, he is so amazed watching it come down. We probably sit and stare for hours. He’s so excited to go make snowballs and an igloo (like Curious George) and I try to be mindful to view the cold months the same way.
2- Be creative.
I know a lot of people are more inclined to cozy up with a book or a movie during the cold winter months, but I find I feel more productive and inspired. Maybe the Summer makes me less productive because I just want to get outside, but not it’s too cold. So this winter, I challenge you to focus on your creativity. Start an art journal, hang some art on your walls, learn how to play an instrument, start writing a story.
3- Be proactive.
Don’t just sit and let the winter pass you by in a haze. Focus on your wellness, be conscious and proactive with your health by eating well, doing some yoga at home and getting a good amount of sleep. I know, I know…the HOLIDAYS and candy and desserts. That’s all fine, but when those times come and go, focus on eating protein and veggies and soups to keep warm.
I asked some fellow bloggers to give me their top tips as well! Here’s what they said:
Vitamin D, consistent self-care, and always keeping a light on. – The Truth of Ruth
Top three: my meds for bipolar, cardio exericse & using my Sunbox bright light every morning for a 1/2 hour! – Birth of a New Brain
For me, sleep is #1 any time of year. – Motherhood Unadorned
Exercise, Planned trips out of the house, Sitting in a sunny spot – The Bipolar Mama
Get outdoors daily! No matter what, and for as long as possible. – Molly McHugh
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