Even though I'm not religious in any substantial way, I do enjoy the holiday season for its warm and giving spirit. My apartment is slowly starting to resemble a multi-cultural holiday shrine, and my stomach is struggling to keep up with all the heavy winter foods from the local Christmas markets. I like to walk around the old town and look at the lights, have myself some mulled wine, and take in the chilly December air I love so much. Yeah, I actually really do enjoy winter. I love waking up to the sight of snowflakes on my window, knowing I'm inside all warm and cozy with a cup of tea and home made gingerbreads...
But not everybody loves winter.
In fact, most people I know can't stand the cold. In fact, they hate it so much that even the thought of snow makes them cringe. After speaking to a few winter-haters I decided to come up with a list of ideas for avoiding a long, listless winter.
- Set some goals... and make them happen! I'm a big fan of lists. In fact, I love lists so much that I can't imagine life without them. Lists are a great way to stay on track and stay motivated. If keeping busy makes you happy, try making a list of things you need to do each day and be sure to check one off every day until the sun comes back. Right now on my list I have things like: sell my old coat, send out holiday cards, and edit a beauty video for NYE.
- Get busy with some DIY projects. Similar to checking things off your list, getting out the box of craft supplies will get you out of your dark corner and into your creative haven. If you need some help getting started, consider making yourself some easy home decor items for the holidays or maybe even putting together some sweet gifts for your loved ones!
- Hit the gym. Ever heard of endorphins? They are chemicals your brain produces during exercise, causing you to feel more relaxed. Whenever you start to feel too bummed out about the weather or lack of sunlight, get yourself to the gym or out for a run. If you're not a very active person (like me), consider subscribing to some yoga instructors on YouTube. There are so many great at-home workouts to try. I recommend you get started with Yoga With Adriene.
- Be social, even when you don't feel like it. A common side effect of season depression (or any depression, for that matter) is being anti-social. You may not be much of a party person to begin with, but I promise if you go out to at least a few outings a week you'll feel better in no time. Consider joining a writing group, inviting a coworker out for coffee, or maybe you'd like to face your fears at a local open mic night? If you really want to up the ante, call a friend over for a good old fashion craft night ;) As someone who struggles with a lot of social anxiety, I promise this is a big one. Baby steps!
- Re-decorate your space. There's just something so satisfying about organizing and revamping your desk/room/apartment. I have an acquaintance who changes the theme of her bedroom every few months. She says it boosts her creative energy and makes her feel rejuvenated and ready to tackle whatever issues she's been struggling with in a new light.
- Pay attention to your body. If like me, you get sick at least once every winter, consider adding a few menu items to your daily eating schedule: seafood for the Selenium and Omega-3, cheeses and egg yolks for the Vitamin D, dark chocolate for the aphrodisiac are all examples of everyday food choices that contain nutrients known to help combat depression. If you're struggling with keeping sleep-related issues, definitely consider making yourself this turmeric tea by Hello Natural to boost your serotonin levels. For those who struggle with food comas and heartburn, I recommend this easy and delicious detox lemonade (can be cold or hot) by Town and Country Magazine.
What I'm wearing:
Navy blue scarf / H&M Mens, Tan double breasted coat / Pull&Bear - consider this alternative, Ribbed mini dress / Pull&Bear, Nude heels / Forever21, Dark brown vegan leather bowler purse / Second hand - find a similar one here, Makeup / Smashbox & Makeup Forever, Nail color / Zoya.