Five Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

January 25, 2017 11:59 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Every winter, for many people, the holiday high is inevitably followed by the winter blues. We find ourselves confined to our homes, money is tight and we may even be stressed out from overexposure to family. Whatever the causes may be, it’s pretty safe to say that January is the bleakest month of the year for a lot of people.

If you’re suffering from the winter blues, don’t despair. There are actually lots of things you can do to help get yourself through the cold months ahead. As a distance counselor in Montana, here are a few things I would suggest as remedies for the winter blues:

  • Stay active: It may be difficult to follow through with a regular exercise routine when the weather outside is anything but inviting, but it’s important that you find ways to stay active. Go to the gym for a workout or look for a new in-home DVD workout you can try. There are endless possibilities for finding ways to stay active even if you can’t go outside.
  • Discover what you love about winter: Most of us don’t feel sad in December because we are focused on holiday preparations that we enjoy. You can actually carry that feeling into January with a little effort. Think about the things you enjoy about winter, like cuddling under a blanket with a good book or building a snowman with the kids. Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean you can’t still find fun things to do in the winter.
  • Get the right amount of sleep: Sometimes our schedules can get out of whack over the holidays and we tend to either lose sleep or sleep too much. Focus on getting the right amount of sleep so you can stay energized throughout your day. Just remember that too much sleep can actually make you feel groggier and less motivated.
  • Treat yourself: Winter is a great time to treat yourself with one of your favorite things. If you like the theatre, maybe plan a date night to see a show. You could plan a spa day with your friends to get out of the house and get some post-Christmas de-stressing accomplished. Whatever you like to do, plan a few outings that will give you something to look forward to in the weeks ahead.
  • Get help: If you’re finding that the winter blues are leaving you depressed, affecting your daily routine, causing you to lose your appetite or lose sleep, there may be something more serious going on. If your winter blues can’t be alleviated by any of the tips above, it may be time to seek professional help. As a distance counselor in Montana, I offer services to help people determine the underlying causes of their winter blues and find ways to cope.

Don’t let the winter blues get you down this year. Be proactive about your self-care and look for ways to stay active and enjoy the wither months ahead. If you find yourself in need of professional assistance, I’m always here to help! Reach out to Ellen Savage, MS, LCPC, DCC today.

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