Chase Away the Winter Blues Tips

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Have the winter blues got you down? Indeed we are only in mid-January with at least a couple more months of cold and snow left to come;  how are we going to deal with these frigid temperatures and shortened days?

My usual behavior was to settle into the couch, snuggle up with a fleece throw and watch mindless tv. But as the new year rolled in and everyone started talking about resolutions, I started thinking about ways I could make the winter more enjoyable. I’ve decided to share a few tips I’ve read about, some I’ve tried and my mood and energy levels are staying high.

Time for Home

Tip 1.  A couple evenings a week, I take advantage of being at home and have a live on-line chat with friends I care about and get to hardly see.

Tip 2.  The cold has a way of working up our appetite for comfort foods. I got out my slow cooker and have been enjoying soups, stews and trying out new recipes I’ve saved from Pinterest.

Burns like the cold

Tip 3.  I’ve treated myself to a new mug. It pleases me to look at my pretty ceramic piece as I fill it several times a day.

Tip 4.   I read somewhere that I should do something special for myself (that sounded good); so I took a trip to the library and made a list of other options that I would like: a day at a spa, sleeping late, a movie date, maybe even an elaborate breakfast (a deviation from my morning shake).

drums away the cold

 Tip 5.  I want to do this but I must confess, I haven’t. That is- to take a 10 minute walk around my complex, especially when the sun is out. I read that it’s important to get your daily dose of sunlight to keep your spirits up. 

Tip 6.  I gave myself permission to ‘slow down’. My tendency is to work fast- rush through things to get them done and off my list. The down-sides of this behavior are mistakes, stress and upset. I chose two words to guide me over the course of the year: Focus – slowing down helps me with this, and Delight– I can’t achieve delight if I’m careless.

Tip 7.  Perhaps the most successful cure for my winter blues has been COLOR.  Instead of doning my gray sweatshirt with my black pants, I am wearing all my colored tops; aqua, purple, salmon, blue, plum and I am sure to put on jewelry. Even if I don’t think I will see anyone, I choose a necklace to go with my outfit. It feels good to be dressed well …and when I catch a reflection of myself in a mirror, I am greeted with a smile from a woman ready to go somewhere.

Snow is a freezing of water

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Roslyn
I loved going to work each day for 30 years as a professional career counselor. When I retired, I explored my creativity and regard for crafts until I discovered beading. At age 68 I turned my new found passion- jewelry design, into a business. At age 72 I took on learning about social media marketing and developing my computer skills. I am sharing my journey from inception, to frustration, to elation -in the hope of inspiring others that 'it is not too late to start again'. Welcome to my re-invention!

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  1. Great tips! Being able to work from home 3 days a week, I find I need to make a point to get up, do my hair and makeup and put on something other than sweat or yoga pants. It truly makes a difference in the way you feel, like you said, even if no one else sees you.

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  2. I really love how you have taken the time to do something for yourself. Most people don’t make themselves a priority. I have to agree with you, when I’m dressed up and wearing a nice piece of jewelry, I always feel more confident and feel better about myself. The same when I have taken the time to do things I love. I’ve made it a point every day to set aside time for that and I’m glad to see that you have too!

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      From early childhood Heather Santo I found I had to take care of myself, meet my own needs and make myself happy. Fortunately, I have never been acused of being selfish. In fact, as you must know, it allows me to be more generous of myself. Thanks for your ‘authentic ‘ comment.

  3. What a nice collection of tips for defeating the winter blues! Isn’t it amazing how a little thing like a special mug can make us happy? I love to read a couple chapters or more of the book I am currently enjoying. That’s just one way to accomplish your tip of slowing down. I find it refreshing to forget what I was doing and enter the world that the author created. Very timely article, Roslyn!

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      Like you Beth, reading is an escape into characters I like, which were my friends or neighbors. I indulge in reading a lot and have always. It is one task I make tme for that is so pleasurable.

  4. Lovely to hear how nurturing you are to yourself Roslyn and I appreciate you sharing this with us all. I am a person who definitely experiences the ‘winter blues” and even though I use a “litebook” for SAD, I cannot wait to visit the sun and warmth of Florida to regenerate and enliven my spirits. It is always comforting to know that many people experience the winter blues and blahs and hear about ways other people have found to circumvent them.

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      I thought of you and others with SAD when I decided to write this post. I’m sure you have found interesting ways to cope and am glad you are off to sunny Florida soon.

  5. I love your list. I too brought out my crockpot and love making new recipes. I do get each day to get my sunlight but that is help by having a dog who loves to run. Bright colours are so important as well. Great post.

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  6. I’m guilty of not taking those 10 minute walks and really must as i sit in my office too much. I have however taken advantage and get my slow cooker out regularly.

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  7. I live in a place where we don’t often get sunshine in the winter and when we do, we have to get outside. Winter is a hard time for everyone and when you live in an area that you get rain alot you just have to compromise and get out when the sun is out. I love wearing bright colors in the winter because it reminds me that spring and summer are close at hand.

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  8. These are all wonderful tips! I’ve been taking time for myself in the last few months. More “me time” makes me feel better and able to cope with every day challenges. I enjoy exercising, meditating, playing with my 2 little dogs, reading a book and of course a bubble bath with Epsom salts! 🙂

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  9. Wonderful tips Roslyn! It’s freezing here in Canada and I’ve been making lots of soups that my family has been enjoying. Isn’t it amazing how something as small as a new mug can brighten up our day! I did the same thing and I’m drinking lots of herbal teas. Thanks for brightening my day today with your post.

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  10. The biggest thing I do for myself most regular days is a workout first thing in the morning. Don’t care what needs to be done.

    Then it all goes down hill! And I sit at the computer into the evening.

    So, the 10 minutes in the middle of the day is big!

    And maybe putting a stop to the computer to enjoy evenings.

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  11. Roz your tips are WONDERFUL! Such a great post. Although I love the FL sunshine… some days I wish I could be locked up in the house with soup in the slow cooker and a fire burning. There seems like a certain peace to that. Tip 5 is what I would need. I never realized how much sunshine and vitamin D can influence your attitude until spending some time up north. It’s a real booster!

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  12. I am already a reclusive and not getting many work hours (either that improves or I find something else) and I fight depression from lack of sun. I work on art projects or force myself out even of just a walk down the drive to the mailbox or a visit to see a friend. I also try to remember to take vitamin D. I am doing OK. I like the colors idea!

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  13. I love this. I am learning to embrace the fun parts of winter – which does NOT come naturally to me. 🙂 I’m savoring the afternoons spent in front of the fire!

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      Oh- good for you. Don’t have a fire – used to. I used to also run around a lot- kept busy. Now in winter I focus on either how to do tasks I will enjoy after, during & even before the ones I must do but dont like.I could spend the day talking on the phone, to bloggers, people who leave comments, etc. I love this. I do control this however by the game I set for myself called “Cut the Chatter”. A bit of self regulation.

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      Today is snowing and we had plans to go out. I have a choice to look at what I can do about another day indoors or pout. I just fired up my Ipad, so guess what I will be doing?

  14. I love your list, Roslyn. Thank God I have my little Miss Coco who needs to be walked a few times during the day so I get my share of Vitamin D and some exercise to keep lethargy at bay. I think I’m going to go out and get a new coffee mug too!

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  15. I totally agree with your point about colour. I always tend towards dark colours, even in the summer, and it often suprises me how wearing my favourite red coat instantly raises my spirits. We don’t suffer the same dark winter skies in Kuwait as we had back in the UK however the temperature drops and the sun sets earlier. Even with almost daily clear blue skies, the winter blues still set in and a lift is often needed.

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