7 Self-Care Tips to Beat the Winter Blues

Updated on January 8, 2020
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Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.

Don't let winter bring you down!
Don't let winter bring you down!

Once again winter has made an appearance. This season has been quite different from those in the past and politics aside, everyone on Earth is feeling the affects of global warming. A few areas of the United States have seen significant amounts of snow while the rest of us have been caught in a weird purgatory of fall, winter, and spring. Mother Nature just can't make up her mind. Some days are frigidly cold, others warm, wet, and gray. The only certain thing is that this weather is driving us all a little batty.

A few years ago I shared seven simple ways to beat the winter blues. Below I've come up with seven more suggestions to help overcome those winter doldrums.

Piano is a difficult skill to take on; why not give it a try?
Piano is a difficult skill to take on; why not give it a try?

1. Learn A New Skill

Channel the listless, miserable energy winter brings out into something productive. Have you ever wanted to learn how to play the piano or drums? Maybe you'd like to learn a new language or how to crotchet. There's no time like the present! Chances are there's an app available for whatever you'd like to learn. You can also search the web, watch YouTube videos, or visit your local library. Websites like Coursera and Skillshare offer a wide range of classes and workshops. Take advantage of the wealth of knowledge at your fingertips and get started today.

Switch up your recipe!
Switch up your recipe!

2. Cook A New Recipe For Dinner

Get on Pinterest and make use of all the recipes you've wanted to try, but forgot about. It's always fun to experiment in the kitchen. Switch it up and treat your family to something new for dinner tonight. If time allows, maybe gather the whole family in the kitchen for a unique take on family night. Set your devices aside and have a blast cooking something new together and making memories.

3. Try A New Make Up Look

Nothing gets you out of a winter slump quite like switching up your look. The easiest way to do this is to try something new with your make up. Watch a YouTube tutorial or hop on Pinterest for ideas and inspiration. You might even feel inclined to try a new hairstyle or dig in your closet to create a new outfit out of the clothes you already own.

4. Move Your Body

Exercise is my favorite remedy for most ills. There's nothing like getting the blood moving and feeling your muscles work. It's an instant mood boost. You could head to the gym or do your normal workout at home, or branch out. Sign up for a new class. Try spinning, yoga, or dance. You can also search YouTube for fun options you can try in the privacy of your own home. If weather permits, get outside for a walk. Connect with nature and get some fresh air. Take the family to a recreation center for something new and fun. You could go to the YMCA, Sky Zone, Ninja City, or something similar. Getting up and getting moving is the best way to beat the winter blues.

Knowledge is power.
Knowledge is power.

5. Read A Book

When it's cold outside, it's hard to get out of bed or off the couch. Why not stay curled up and warm with a good book? The library is a great place to visit, but you can also take advantage of apps like OverDrive, Libby, and Hoopla. These apps allow you to use your library card to check out ebooks for free without having to leave your house. You could also reread a book you already own or purchase an ebook on Amazon. There are countless other apps that allow you to read or listen to books for a small fee each month. Travel the world, visit new lands, and escape winter for a while in the pages of a good novel.

Popcorn is a favorite in my house.
Popcorn is a favorite in my house.

6. Have A Movie Night

Sometimes it's nice to curl up on the couch with a yummy snack and watch a movie. Why not have a family movie night? There are plenty of ways to rent or stream movies from the convenience of your couch. Whip up some popcorn or grab a sweet treat and settle in for a relaxing evening.

Relax.
Relax.

7. Take A Hot Bath

Warm up with a nice long soak in the tub. Add in Epsom salt if your muscles are sore or toss in a lush bath bomb for a luxurious spa experience. Light some candles or take your book with you to fit in some quality reading time. When you finally get out, put on your favorite comfy pajamas. Treat your feet with some Vaseline and fuzzy socks for soft soles. This is sure to be relaxing and help you forget the dreary weather outside.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        7 weeks ago from Ohio

        It sounds like you and your family are very busy! Working on the house, cleaning, and reorganizing are all brilliant ways to spend the cold winter months. I've also gotten a little spur of energy and have been doing similar things around my house. I find it meditative and uplifting. Thank you for stopping by Lora! Have a wonderful week! :)

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        Lora Hollings 

        7 weeks ago

        These are all great ideas, Alyssa. Winter time, as you say, can be a month that helps us get our creative juices flowing and a chance to do some things that we've been putting off! Right now, my husband and I are doing major rehab on our older home. I find it really keeps the doldrums away. I'm also reorganizing all my closets and getting rid of a lot of stuff that I don't need and giving it to charities that I know can use it. That makes me feel good too! Popcorn is a great idea for snacks especially in the winter. It tastes great and it's a superfood too! Thanks for sharing.

      • Alyssa Nichol profile imageAUTHOR

        Alyssa 

        7 weeks ago from Ohio

        The Upper Peninsula is no joke! I can't complain about winter compared to the weather they get up there haha! Excellent suggestions, but I'm with you.. enjoying the beauty of the snow while staying warm and savoring a cup of coffee? That is heaven!

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        Brian Leekley 

        7 weeks ago from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA

        Those are all good suggestions, Alyssa. An 8th suggestion is to play in the snow. From 2002 to 2006, I lived in the upper peninsula of Michigan, in Marquette. They get snow 8 or more months per year, and they get a lot of it. Favorite pastimes among Yoopers include cross-country skiing, snowshoe hiking, snowmobiling, ice skating, dogsled racing, icefishing, and playing hockey on neighborhood side streets. My preferred pastime was enjoying the beauty of the snow through the windows of my favorite coffeehouse.

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        Alyssa 

        2 months ago from Ohio

        The seasons can be a shock to the system if you aren't accustomed to them... even if you are, haha! I'm glad you found ways to adapt and overcome. Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

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        Liza 

        2 months ago from USA

        A few years ago, following my move with my husband to the US, I was not in good condition. I was stressed, especially with the weather. The weather damaged my skin, and my hair was getting thinner. I had to cope with and finding new ideas on how to live in a seasonal country. Thank goodness slowly I adapted my new lifestyle. Thank you for sharing your tips!

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        Alyssa 

        2 months ago from Ohio

        Gray, rainy days do nothing but make me tired and wanting to stay in bed all day. Thank you for stopping by! I hope some of these suggestions help lift your spirits. Summer will be here soon.. 164 days to be exact. I might have a little countdown started haha! Have a wonderful week!

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        Alyssa 

        2 months ago from Ohio

        Thank you Lorna! Yes, the limited daylight hours just suck all the energy out, leaving us feeling sluggish and tired. Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

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        Alyssa 

        2 months ago from Ohio

        Hahaha! Florida is definitely a great way to beat the winter blues. :) Thank you for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!

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        Bill Holland 

        2 months ago from Olympia, WA

        We are smack dab in the middle of the winter blues here. It won't stop raining. Sigh! Thanks for the suggestions. I need something to change badly. :(

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        Lorna Lamon 

        2 months ago

        Great suggestions and coming from the UK it is so easy to feel low at this time of year. It's dark when we get up and dark again at 4.30pm. However, your suggestions sound like the perfect solution. Thank you for sharing.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        2 months ago from Sunny Florida

        I think these are good suggestions to beat the winter bues. Living in north FL has been a good way to beat those blues as the winters are so short you don't really mind those cloud winter days. I grew up in a suburb of Cleveland so I know how the long winters can be and they really get old with the slushy streets, etc.

        I am not sure what is going on with this crazy weather and I have several family members that live in cold areas, so I hear about their woes. Thanks for your great suggestions.

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