Tips To Keep Your Sanity During Cold Winter Months
Winter officially started on December 21, just before the holidays. Most people love the change in seasons and the newness of a fresh snowfall, thoughts turn to skiing and snowboarding or tobogganing with family and friends. BUT let’s be real…once the holidays are over and the extreme cold temperatures set in, this is when it really hits, and you realize that we have a few months of deep cold weather still ahead of us.
So how do you cope with the cold? Even if you love the winter activities, I’m sure they are not as enjoyable in the middle of a deep freeze. And for those who don’t enjoy the outdoor winter activities then winter just seems to drag on and on.
Here are some tips to help you get through the tough winter days…
Stay Active: Physical activity is essential for both your physical and mental well-being. Maybe you can consider indoor exercises like Yoga or Pilates classes, or home workouts on one of the many apps that are available. Exercise helps release endorphins, which can improve your mood and help reduce your stress.
2. Socialize and Connect: Winter can sometimes lead to isolation, which may impact your mental health. Try to maintain social connections with friends and family. Schedule regular phone calls, video chats, or plan small gatherings. Engaging in social activities can provide emotional support and combat feelings of loneliness.
Embrace Hobbies and Learning: Why not use the winter months as an opportunity to explore a new hobby or revisit an old one. Whether it's reading, painting, knitting, or learning a new skill online, engaging in activities you enjoy can be fulfilling and a great way to spend indoor time productively. You might also want to see if there is a group locally for your new hobby and maybe meet once a week or once a month to socialize.
Create a Cozy Environment: Make your living space warm and inviting. Invest in soft blankets, comfortable furniture, and warm lighting to create a cozy atmosphere. Surround yourself with items that bring you joy and comfort. This can make the long winter days more enjoyable and help maintain a positive mindset. Don’t forget a good book to help you escape, even if only for a short time.
Practice Self-Care: Take care of your physical and mental well-being by practicing self-care. This includes getting enough sleep, maintaining a healthy diet, and finding relaxation techniques that work for you, such as meditation or warm baths. Prioritize self-care activities to recharge and rejuvenate during the cold winter months.
Get Outdoors: Try your best to get outdoors when the weather permits even on those cold BUT sunny days. Fresh air is always good for you and will give you that burst of energy when you get back. If it is too cold to get outside and frost warnings are in effect, then maybe find a window in your house where the sun is shining through and enjoy the warmth of the sun and soak up some vitamin D with a good book and a cup of tea.
Indoor Productivity: Do you have a project that you’ve always wanted to get done around the house, the winter months might be the ideal time for that. Spending time in the kitchen testing out new recipes or try your hand a baking. Maybe it’s time to repaint that room or organize those cupboards that your afraid to open. Decluttering can be so satisfying and being productive will leave you feeling good.
Love it or hate it, Old Man Winter will be paying a visit to most of us, so hunkering down and finding ways to enjoy it as best we can, may be your best option. Finding that balance between being productive, connecting with friends & family and a little self care will help get you through those cold winter months.
With a tiny bit of creativity,
you can breeze through winter and maybe even enjoy it!