How to Stay Positive in the Heart of Winter
I don’t know about you, but after the holidays: I am 100% done with winter. Any snow after January 1st feels like it’s a jab and I get so appalled that it isn’t spring yet. Or warm out. Or sunny… Some days are harder than others to stay positive when the world around you is, well, dull. And freezing!
Winter can take a toll on your mental health. It’s gloomy, it’s cold, it’s dull. Depending on where you live, winter can last for more than just 3 months too. Or at least the frigid temperatures and snow can. Needless to say, it’s important to shift your focus to keeping your mental health happy and healthy.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) affects more than 3 million people. And if you’re not sipping margaritas in the Caribbean full-time, you’re more likely to have it. You can be susceptible to it during any season, but winter is the crème-de-la-crème.
So, how can you combat the gloomiest season so you’re not as frigid as the temperatures? Let’s talk about some ways to get some winter positivity!
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Start the Day off with the Right Mindset
Make your morning into one that you look forward to getting up to every day.
Winter mornings are great for being the quietest of the season. The little birds still hanging around are tucked away in their nest, not making a peep. Pun intended! Waking up early lets you enjoy the true, natural calm.
No other season allows you to have such a calm, peaceful morning. Allow yourself to reflect, journal, or even just enjoy the flurries before the morning rush happens.
Do you love black mint tea in the morning? Have that set on auto-pilot the night before to get your day off to the right start. Wrap your fingers around the warm cup and think of something you’re grateful for. Could be the tea!
Starting your day off with positivity can be the best remedy for any gloomy day.
Write Out 3 Things You’re Proud of Each Day
You should be grateful everyday of the year, no matter what season it is. But in winter, write down what you’re proud of at the end of the day.
Winter makes us forget how far we’ve come, so reminding ourselves each day of our accomplishments and how proud we are of them helps us through the season. Jot it down in your planner, in your journal, anywhere you can revisit it during a hard time.
If you’re at a place where you can’t find something to be proud of, then write down things you want to be proud of! Allow yourself to not only celebrate the present but the future as well.
Schedule Personal Time with Friends and Family
After all of the holiday hoopla, loneliness can set in afterwards. Especially if you’re away from your immediate family, the after-holidays can be tough. For two weeks, you get to see all of your family and spend time outside of the everyday socializing.
With all of the lights and the holidays behind us, that holiday-low can hit. We want that excitement, that difference in every day. Spending time outside of your everyday household will help break up the holiday-low.
Invite them over for dinner, have a meet up for coffee after work.
Surprising yourself and others with an impromptu meet up is the best way to make someone’s day better.
Declutter and Get Rid of Seasonal Items You Didn’t Use All Year
Decluttering, organizing… These things should be done all year round, but in the winter, it is the best feeling.
When you’re going through your seasonal items, it’s best to wait until after the season. With your post-season decluttering, you can reminisce about warm autumn days, warm coffee, and dare I say, pumpkin spice latte!
Waiting a season lets you see what did you really use, plus you’re working down things that are just taking up space.
With a little added positivity to your winter routine, this season won’t be unbearable. Taking it one day at a time will help you survive the cold gloom.
What’s your favorite winter activity that keeps your spirits up? Comment below and let’s chat about it!