Tuesday, 24 December 2019

HOW TO BATTLE THE WINTER BLUES


I definitely identify as more of a winter person than a summer person, I would pick the cold over the hot any day of the week, but the one thing I cannot stand about winter is the severe and chronic lack of daylight in my life during these cold months. I love scarves, a brisk breeze, I live for jumpers but waking up to a dark day and coming home to a darker night is awful. I notice a genuine dip in my mood and energy to the point where I just want to curl up and hibernate in my bed only venturing out for food and hot baths. Of course, this is not possible. Like with most things you have to just get on with it, so here are some of the things that help me when I am feeling particularly blue during this time of year. I hope you find something that helps you, let me know in the comments below if you struggle with the shorter days as well and share your tips and tricks. 

Annual Leave If you work and find this time of year to be a hardship, be smart about how you use your annual leave. I like to save at least a week so I can use it in November or January where I am starting to feel really sluggish. A week away from work allows me time to recharge. I love to go to different places, so I could use it for an impromptu trip or just for some rest and relaxation. 

Maximise your daylight I try to go out during my lunch breaks for a walk, this gives me an extra half hour of daylight and like I said I actually quite enjoy cold weather if it is manageable. I also try to keep my curtains or blinds open during the day as much as possible. 



Spoil yourself As mentioned, there are plenty of things I love about winter, including but not limited to winter clothing staples. I like to buy a new coat and scarf as well as new boots every winter. I adore candles, hot baths and being swamped in soft fluffy blankets while I read or write. To keep the blues away do more of what you enjoy within reason. I love to do face masks and I especially love the instant warming clay masks, they feel so good this time of year. 

Let there be light This isn't something I have done, but most people's favourite thing about winter is Christmas. In my house, we only have Christmas decorations in the living room and I think next year I will try and decorate my own room so I can feel more of the festive cheer. Pick up a small Christmas tree, I am sure TK Maxx have loads - which will be reduced come Boxing Day rejoice! - and some LED lights. You can wind the lights on your shelves, curtain rails, desks or your mirror. If LED lights aren't your thing, candles are always a magical way to brighten up your room and you get to choose the smell. I picked up some festive candles from Primark recently and I will be burning vanilla and apple spice tonight to get myself in the Christmas Eve mood. 


Alarm clock There are some really great alarm clocks out there that wake you up by simulating sunlight. I think this is a really cool concept especially if you struggle to wake up in the mornings like myself. I am one of those people that have ten alarms on every morning. I haven't tried one myself, but I know Lumie is a well-known brand that does such alarm clocks which you can find on Amazon. 

Be productive Inevitably, in the winter time when you're not out and about at holiday parties you spend a lot more time in doors. It is a good idea to be a bit more productive and set aside time to get round to emails, completing job applications, writing letters or organising the home. All the things you wanted to do in 2019 but hadn't got around to, well now is the time. It will give you a sense of accomplishment and a boost to your self-esteem to have achieved something. Winter is a great time to set your affairs in order so you enter the new year with a clear mind, home and inbox. 


Charity This time of year is a great time for giving - is there ever a bad time? - especially around Christmas there are usually so many charity drives that you can get involved with. I know filling shoe boxes with gifts is a regular Christmas charity occurrence, this year my work donated a bunch of items for new parents and other charity organisations give warm clothing and blankets out to the homeless. Similar to the last recommendation, giving to those less fortunate or in need of certain things can keep you busy and occupied and also provides you with a sense of achievement and accomplishment and keeps your mind occupied. Christmas can be a difficult time for many, so keeping your mind occupied can be a serious struggle during the holidays.  

Read Not everyone enjoys reading, but I really do, there are so many classics on my list still for me to read. I just finished reading Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav and I am currently reading The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway which I have been wanting to read for ages. I actually received a hardback copy of the book a few years ago. For those of us that do not like reading there are always audiobooks or podcasts. There are many podcasts I enjoy and listen to regularly, Case File is my absolute favourite but All in the Mind is a great thought provoking podcast about lived experience of mental illness. 

Photo via @heyclaire on Instagram, I read the book on my iPhone. Highly recommend.
Learn For me personally, I love to learn and I have an innate fear of forgetting everything I have learned so I have made a conscious effort to dig out my old textbooks and read a chapter when I am feeling bored. This helps me learn and gives me ideas of different topics to research but also sparks memories of when I learned the same topics in a lecture or seminar. I really like the site Future Learn as well, it is a great free site where you can sign up to courses you like the look of and even interact and discuss with other users. They cover so many topics. 

I hope you found this post helpful, I definitely need to take my own advice and I have been trying to do more of the things I enjoy and love over the past few weeks. It can be difficult at times, Christmas can be such a crazy time of year that it feels like you never get a moment to breathe so I try to carve out as much time as possible for myself just to relax and do things I like. Hope you all have a great Christmas, leave a comment sharing what you do to beat the winter blues or if indeed you don't feel blue at all let me know down below. Thank you for reading. Take care. 

Do you get down in the Winter time? 

Love 
Kiran

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30 comments

  1. What a great and informative post! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Such great tips for all of us this time of year. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas!

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  3. Awesome blog! You have shared a nice tips. Thank you!

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  4. Thank you for sharing these great tips! I would love to get one of those alarm clocks! Happy Holidays!

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  5. Missing the daylight hours is definitely a downside of this time of year, I totally agree. You've listed some great ways of dealing with it though, particularly spoiling yourself - I've been doing this a little myself lately too! Happy holidays!!

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    1. It's the perfect time of year to spoil yourself, happy holidays! Xx

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  6. Reading is always good! I love reading and what helps against the winter blues, too, is having a long daily walk (even when it is already dark after work).
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  7. Yes to all of these.
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  8. Lovely tips!! Reading & exercising are things I can count on year-round to help me beat the blues. I always decorate my room, and that totally give mes all the cosy feelings & brightens my evening xx

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  9. These are great tips! I find the darkness in the morning and evening the toughest part of winter too - getting out at lunch time for a walk can make such a difference! :)


    Hope you had a merry Christmas :) We had a great time with family and so much good food!

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  10. I like winter because I find more time to read. Currently am reading 3 books. But I'm such a summer girl. Can't wait for summer to arrive again!

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  11. Great post! I love a good book during the winter. It's perfect for the winter blues for sure.
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  12. Totally agree with you!!

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  13. Great post! I love the idea of maximising your daylight, it's so important when we get so little of it at this time of year xx

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  14. I definitely need this as I am prone to feeling a lot less motivated when there's less natural light. I think staying productive, going outside and taking in as much natural light as possible is so key! xx

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  15. next is 2020
    Happy 2020
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  16. Fab post darling, thanks for sharing the tips!


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  17. Great post, Kiran! I need to read a Sea of Strangers.

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