During the winter months, lots of people suffer from what’s known as seasonal depression. Typically brought on by short days and long nights, seasonal depression lasts from the end of Daylight Saving Time in November until it starts again in March. These “winter blues,”’ as they can be called, increase feelings of discomfort and sadness during the colder months. But, you can’t always avoid the winter blues, so here are some cool ways you can beat them this season!
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10 Cool Ways to Beat the Winter Blues
1. Curl up at night. Grab yourself a thick, cozy personalized blanket to wrap into at night. Throw on a funny movie or TV show, and spend the evening inside in front of the big screen while wrapped up and warm. Invite over a few friends for a movie night and enjoy some classic snacks for a fun night in!
2. Enjoy a hearty meal. Cook up some hearty beef, lamb or chicken stew to enjoy. Fill it with soft herbs such as rosemary, thyme and dill to make it flavorful and fresh. They’ll make you feel warm and comforted, perfect to enjoy during the winter. There’s nothing better than a good bowl of soup to enjoy on a cold winter’s night. You can make many soups in your slow cooker to simmer throughout the day while you’re at work, or you can whip them up right in your dutch oven on the stovetop. You can even try your hand at recipe creation! Start with a soup base and then choose a protein and figure out what vegetables and spices you want to incorporate. Soon enough, you’ll be a soup master!
3. Take a winter hike. Get out early in the day with lots of bright sunshine and enjoy a nice hike in a nature area. Bonus points if you go on a mountain hike! This is ideal for locations that are in milder winter climates, such as the Southern Appalachians or Rockies. Even if there’s some snow on the ground, suit up in a thick snowsuit, quality hiking boots and take a trek through nature! Getting some Vitamin D supplements is essential for feeling good during the winter months.
4. Learn a new hobby. Take these winter months to learn something new! Whether it’s crochet, cross-stitch or even learning to create beautiful charcuterie spreads on a fun personalized cutting board, there are lots of things you can do to make your winter blues go away while you learn a new hobby. Who knows? It could just turn into your new side hustle!
5. Invest in quality skincare. Your skin needs extra care during the winter months. Just because the temperature is colder doesn’t mean that the sun can’t harm your skin! In fact, more people are at a higher risk for skin cancer during this season because of how the sun’s rays are reflected off snow during the winter. And when your skin doesn’t feel good, neither do you! Take care of your skin this winter by using products that keep your skin moisturized and healthy. You can even create your own skin salves or exfoliators that will keep your skin from feeling dry and cracked during the cold season.
6. Get warm winter clothes. One of the reasons people detest the winter is because of all the bundling and layers. You can avoid that by getting quality winter clothes–jackets, fleece-lined pants, etc.–and taking more fashionable clothes with you to change into once you reach where you’re headed. Keeping yourself warm is very important during the winter! Once you’re cold, it’s very difficult to get warm again, so having proper winter wear is a great way to ensure you stay warm this season.
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7. Host an intimate dinner party. We feel best when we spend time with others. Invite a small group of friends or family over for an intimate dinner party this winter. You can either host a potluck where everyone brings a dish or two to share, or you can cook for the crowd. A large protein, a few healthy and comforting sides and a spritzy cocktail will make for the perfect meal. Decorate the table with thin tall candles and give each guest their own personalized wine glasses to drink from and you’ve got a magazine-worthy dinner party on your hands!
8. Use art to get rid of the winter blues. Doing artsy activities such as painting or coloring can help to decrease stress and anxiety! What a great way to beat the blues, right? Stock up on various coloring books and art supplies and then get to work de-stressing! To really embrace the winter season, color by candlelight or next to a lantern. The cozy lighting will get you in the mood to enjoy an evening coloring your anxieties away.
9. Take a hot bath. Self-care doesn’t stop, even in the winter! Run a hot bath and add some other relaxing elements such as lavender bath salts and calming candles. Use a bathtub tray for your glass of wine and a book to read as you lean back and let the hot bath water melt away any tenseness your muscles had from the cold. Your body will thank you!
10. Hang up some string lights. Spending time outdoors during the winter can feel drab–and cold! Hang up some string lights along your back patio or balcony to create a warm, cozy feeling outside. You can also insulate it with some curtains or roller shades to keep some warmth around while you spend time outside. Add some large pillows and warm blankets to really amp up the cozy factor. You’ll want to spend more time outside enjoying the night, even when it’s cold!
The winter season can feel dark and dreary, especially because the nights are longer and the days are shorter. Beat those winter blues by adding some fun activities to your daily lifestyle! From cooking new foods to relaxing in a hot bath, there are tons of ways you can turn winter from disappointing to exciting!