7 Self-Care Tips to Beat the Winter Blues
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.