The middle of January is the time when many people get the winter blues. January is kind of hard month, a let down after such a busy November and December. The social life slows down, no more
parties, visiting, and nothing to look forward to like Christmas.
Tips to fight the winter blues
This combined with the cold and snow can cause the winter blues to set in. Don’t get me wrong. I am so grateful when we have receive so much moisture for our crops, for the summer.
Snow is really beautiful, I like it when it is a fresh white snow. The beauty of the glistening flakes in the sunlight. I don’t think it is really the snow I dislike so much. When I go outside and do my chores I really don’t mind being outside. Winter just makes getting things done a little harder.
Tips to fight the winter blues
- I feel it also has a lot to do with the days being shorter so it gets light later and dark earlier. Get out and enjoy some sunshine. Fight the winter blues by soaking in a little sunshine. If you don’t have a lot of sunshine where you live you may be lacking in vitamin D. You can get extra vitamin D in supplements you can take. (These are just suggestions if you have questions ask your health care professional)
- I find I always feel better if I can do service for someone else. It is really hard to feel blue when you see someone smile.
- When it is cold outside it is hard to go and visit friends and family. Don’t let your social life suffer. If you can’t go and visit call them on the phone. I think with texting we have forgotten how to communicate with someone the old fashioned way.
- Find a hobby that you enjoy working on. Take this time to develop a talent or try something you have always wanted to learn. This makes the winter days and evenings a little more enjoyable, and they go a little faster!
- Find a book to curl up and enjoy.
- Exercise is always helpful when you are feeling stagnant in the winter time.
- Organize your home and your life. For me, this is a hard thing to accomplish when I get busy in the spring, summer and fall. Winter is a great time to get my life in order.
- Essential oils are an interesting way to bring some sunshine into your life. I like to use Sunburst, grapefruit, and orange as well as other oils in my diffuser.
- St Johns Wart is a great tincture I like to use to help pull me out of a little depression.
- When your Blues does turn towards depression I love to use the oil Heart Song and Whispering Hope. I love the smell of both oils. They tend to bring me a breath of fresh air.
Plant something green
Find something that brings you joy in your life. Something that can bring a smile to your face every time you think of it. Most of all just choose to be happy because after all it is your decision!
Spring will be here before you know it. Plant something in the house and watch it grow. This will be a fun reminder there is hope!! Spring is on the way when you see the little green plants pop up through the dirt.
Share a little sunshine with someone you care about!!
(For a great springtime children’s book: “Buffy’s Wish” at Brendaskidsbooks.com)