8 Ways to Beat the Winter Blues


 It's that time of the year, it's cold outside, the days are dark and time is dragging. The holidays are over and really it just seems and feels kind of blah! 
I wanted to share some tips I've been using to help me beat the winter blues. Hopefully some (or all) of these tips will help you get through until Spring arrives!

Get warm and cozy. This may seem obvious but invest in a plush heated blanket or fuzzy socks and light an aromatherapy candle. You can also take a hot bath with relaxing oils and luxurious bubbles. It's sure to make you feel better instantly. 

Get moving! Exercising in January is not my favorite thing to do if I'm being honest. It's cold and all I want to do is wrap myself up on the couch and be warm. However, I always feel better after I exercise, even if it's a short yoga or pilates workout, I feel better. Exercise reduces stress hormones and releases endorphins. I promise you'll feel better and have more energy.

Eat wholesome foods. Since it's so cold and dark out, it's easy to crave comfort foods more than when it's warm out. While it's good to give in here and there make sure you're eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and veggies. Eating better foods will not only help you not feel as sluggish but they will help with your immune system too. I find that making soups is a great way to pack in a lot of nutrients and still have that comfort from food.

Don't neglect your vitamins! With flu season here and all types of bugs going around - now is the time to really up those vitamins. If you're somewhere that doesn't get much sun, like me, make sure you're taking your vitamin D as well. 

Remember the goals you set for yourself at the beginning of the year. It's easy to start feeling sluggish and unmotivated, trust me I'm there with you. However, once you start doing what you can do to reach the goals you set for yourself you'll start feeling better too. And your future self will thank you!

Connect! Make sure to carve out time to connect with friends and family. It can be easy to be a hermit during this time but maybe a quick coffee date on a Saturday morning or even a good girl chat on the phone can make you feel better.

Clear your mind and express gratitude. Take time to meditate daily and express gratitude. This will help improve your mood by putting you in a positive mind state. 

Have a dance session! Music always makes me feel better. When I'm feeling unmotivated or tired (but still have things to do) I put on a good playlist and tackle the task at hand. Don't underestimate the power of a car concert either, this always improves my mood!

Winter blues can be rough but hopefully some of the tips above will help improve your mood and get you back on a positive track! 

What are ways you beat winter blues? I'd love to hear in the comments!

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