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December 08, 2017

How to Beat Winter Blues

Image Credit: Erwan Hesry
This post is a Contributor written post.

For a lot of people, winter is the worst season of the year. It’s cold outside, so you don’t want to leave home, and all your friends seem to become obsessed with Christmas. There are lots of folks out there who tend to experience depression and low moods at that time, and if that applies to you, this article should assist you in turning things around. When all’s said and done, nothing is worse than feeling down and sad when everyone else begins to celebrate. However, as with anything in this life, sometimes you just have to take decisive action to turn things around.

Spend more time with friends

Social interaction is vital if you want to achieve happiness in your life. During the winter months, most people have a lot going on in their lives. So, you might find it more challenging to arrange days out and other meetings with your friends. Still, that just means you have to try twice as hard to organize everything. Even if you only meet up for a couple of hours and drink coffee; you’re going to benefit from the time spent with your nearest and dearest. Also, make sure you let them know that you’re not feeling the best at the moment. They should then go the extra mile when it comes to ensuring they can meet and spend an hour together. If you get stuck, ideas for quick social meets with friends might include:

  • Coffee shops
  • Cafes
  • Shopping trips
  • Cinema visits

Visit Christmas markets

Sometimes you have to try to get into the festive spirit in the month of December. Unless you’re one of those people who instantly becomes excited the moment they see a Coca-Cola advert on TV or hear Fairytale of New York on the radio, Christmas markets are an excellent choice. There are many of them all around the country, and they should help you to get into the festive spirit. You could go with friends and drink mulled wine or spiced cider while checking out all the cute stalls and lights. Just search online to find the Christmas market located nearest to your hometown. Also, don’t forget to take your camera along for the journey as you might want to record your memories. People with children should always bring their kids as it’s a fantastic excuse for a cheap day out!

Treat yourself

Giving yourself some attention is a wise move if you feel under the weather this winter. That is especially the case if you don’t have a partner to share the stresses in your life. If you don’t think you’ll have presents to open on Christmas morning, just spend some cash on yourself during the month of December. You might think about heading down to the high street and getting a new outfit. If it’s too cold outside for walking around your local city, just shop and similar sites to check out the latest makeup and fashion trends . You’re guaranteed to find items you like if you use the internet to treat yourself. As you plan to buy the gifts with your money, there is no need to wrap them up for Christmas morning - you can enjoy the gifts straightaway!

Get a full makeover

We all love to be pampered, booking an appointment to see your local beautician maybe the perfect treat. Makeovers should not break the bank, but it should lift your spirits and give you the motivation to go out and spend time with the people you love. Also, if you are single, a fresh new look could help you to attract someone new. Something about winter seems to scream love in the air. Maybe it’s just the idea of spending that special day alone that makes people more likely to seek and find love at that time of the year? Who knows?

Learn a new hobby

If you have a lot of time to yourself this winter then learning a new hobby maybe the perfect fit for you. It surely beats sitting in front of the TV every day eating ice cream and feeling sad. If you’ve always had a love for music, you should consider getting a guitar or a keyboard and learning a few notes. If you’re renowned for your artistic capabilities, you might think about getting some wool and learning to knit or crochet. You get the idea, right? Just identify something productive that will enrich your life. People with hobbies rarely get bored or feel lonely because they have something that can always occupy their time if they have nothing else to do.

Get enough sleep!

Experts say that human beings need eight hours of quality sleep every night to maintain perfect health. That becomes vital if you suffer low moods, depression, and other common mental illnesses. If you only get seven hours each night, by the end of each week, you have underslept by a full seven-hour evening. When you do that for months on end, your body and mind begin to suffer. There is a decent chance that your depression and low moods are linked to a lack of sleep, and so you should always take the time to visit your doctor if you have any concerns. Of course, you should use medication as a last resort. Before you do that, it’s sensible to try exercising and other activities that could help you to drift off to sleep at night much faster than you do at the moment.

I hope you use these simple tips to ensure you avoid winter blues this holiday season. Nobody should be sad during December because it’s a time for celebrations. If this was helpful be sure to share it with a friend whose struggling this winter.

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