Welcome to January, aka the most boring month of the year in my opinion. It’s the time of the year when the excitement of the holidays is over and now it’s just cold, dreary, and you don’t want to leave your house once you get home for the day. It’s really easy to slip into seasonal depression during the months of January and February, especially if you live somewhere that doesn’t see much sun during this time of the year. As someone who’s always struggled with depression both seasonally and year round, I thought I’d share some tips that keep me sane during these blah months.
Keep Yourself Busy– It’s hard to get out when all you want to do is lay at home and watch Netflix or wallow in your self-doubt and feelings. I am so guilty of cancelling plans or skipping out on events because it’s so cold and I don’t feel like getting out. Nine times out of ten, I am happy and feel better when I come back from an event that I almost didn’t go to or a friend’s house that I was trying to talk myself out of going to. The point is to just stick to your commitments and try to avoid the black hole of your bed at 6pm. The pictures above are from a night out with some friends this past week that I really wanted to back out of because of the temperatures, but I am so glad that I went.
Get Obsessed with Something– literally, get obsessed with anything. For me right now, it’s juicing and trying to eat healthier. Sometimes it’s working out or going to yoga. For my husband it’s riding his bike trainer every day. Get really into your day job and start doing extra stuff to keep yourself busy. One of my friend’s is obsessed with tracking down sold out clothing items. Like I said, it can be anything.
Get Outside– even though it’s pretty cold here most of the winter, I try to force myself to go outside a few times a day. Whether it’s walking the dog, talking a short brisk walk, or just walking around your work parking lot a few times, it’s important for your body to be exposed to the outdoors. I actually love getting bundled up and taking a nightly walk when it’s cold because there is no one else out and it’s really peaceful.
Keep Your Body in Check– maybe it’s because I’m bored during this time of the year, but I love getting really into supplements and making sure I am taking everything I need to be taking. Right now I’m taking Elderberry, Vitamin D3, Omega 3, Vitamin C as far as supplements. I am also really into juicing celery juice with apples, carrots, ginger, and spinach.
Plan a Trip– this one ALWAYS works for me. Even if you’re planning a trip that isn’t until the summer or fall, just the excitement of planning the trip can get me out of a funk almost instantly. Plus it gives you something to look forward to and to keep you motivated to work out, plan, shop, etc.
What do you all do to beat the winter blues?