Yes, the holidays are a joyous time of year. The weather outside might be frightful, depending on where you live. But I have found that with the winter season, not everything is delightful. All the hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the 30 days in between is enough to make anyone tired. We all have a tendency to feel a bit overwhelmed and not so merry.
But before you start replacing your holiday CD’s with Emo music, here are some tips to help combat the winter blues and start your new year off right:
- Get plenty of sleep. I know, easier said than done. As one who suffers from “my brain just won’t shut off” syndrome from time to time, I know how frustrating it can be to get a good night of sleep. But when you are well rested, you have more energy and it helps when the moodiness starts to set in.
- Get outside. Being stuck inside can make you feel like the walls are closing in on you. Go for a walk. Have a snowball fight. Just get some fresh air in your lungs. It will help invigorate you.
- Eat healthy. Many of us have been noshing on chocolate chip cookies since the beginning of the month and are starting to feel downright crummy. I’m not saying to eliminate the cookies (that’s crazy talk!), but try to fit in some healthy items during the day. You’ll feel better about that cookie you had for dessert, if you have something healthy for dinner such as grilled salmon and steamed veggies.
- Stay hydrated. No, vodka does not count. Your energy levels are at their lowest when you are dehydrated. Drink water or 100% fruit juice if you’re not big on the H2O.
- Stay connected. Keep in touch with family. Talk to your friends. If you are feeling sad or upset, don’t keep it inside and let it get the best of you. Write it down. Talk it out.
The winter doldrums don’t have to be something that you just “get through”. Even if you aren’t able to do all the things listed above, every little bit helps. The new year is about turning the page. Yesterday may have been a bad day, but today doesn’t have to be.