Lifting Spirits During The Winter Months

The “winter blues” are very common and many of us experience a mood shift during the darker and colder days of the year, especially as we continue to deal with COVID-19 restrictions. Symptoms can include feelings of sadness, irritation and lethargy.

Here are some helpful tips that can help manage the ups and downs to help improve your mental health and wellbeing during the colder months.

Keep Active
We all know it’s hard to get motivated to get out in the cold weather but its important to keep moving and active. If getting up early in the morning isn’t for you, then try walking at lunchtime for at least 20 mins day. Youtube also has a number of great workouts videos, ranging from Yoga to HIIT, on those days when it’s too wet to get out.

Lift Your Mood
Open up the blinds and curtains, and turn on some lights. This should help brighten your day.

Open Up
A problem shared is a problem halved.  So open up to a friend about how you’re doing and it’s most likely they are feeling the same way. Then you can help each other along by trading stories and tips. If however, your sadness or lethargy is continuing over days or weeks and is affecting your ability to function, then consider reaching out to a counselor or other professional who can help.

Focus On the Positive
Take time each morning or night to write down a list of positives or things you are grateful for. If you’re comfortable, you can post your gratitude list on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter to inspire your friends and family.

Treat Yourself
While we are in the middle of winter and living in these unprecedented times, people aren’t going out as much. However, that doesn’t mean you need to feel trapped. Make a list of things you enjoy and find ways to engage in those activities. They can range from starting a project or a hobby to doing some DIY improvements in your home.

ULifeline, 2020, Tips for Dealing with the “Winter Blues”, 7 July 2020, http://www.ulifeline.org/articles/380-tips-for-dealing-with-the-winter-blues