- Yoga or mediation practices
- Wear bright colors
- Enjoy the sunlight
- Connect with loved ones
- Set regular sleep routine
It is completely natural to feel a little down in January after the hustle and bustle of Christmas and the slower, colder and darker days. Are you looking for a little inspiration to get back on your feet and see the positive side of life? Are you seeking methods to escape from the winter blues? Here are some tips that might be helpful for you to reset your mind and power your days during these times.
1. Yoga or mediation practices
Embarking on a journey of yoga and meditation proves to be an effective method for alleviating pressure and combating depression, especially when complemented by gentle music and calming exercises.
Yoga, with its diverse forms, caters to various preferences, spanning from highly meditative practices to more physically demanding ones. We encourage you to consider joining a gentle yoga class, whether this is more formal with a knowledgeable instructor or a simple Youtube video. We personally love Yoga with Adriene. As you engage in the serene ambiance created by gentle music and relaxing poses, you'll find that stress and anxiety tend to dissipate.
Meditation, a quieter and simpler exercise compared to yoga, allows your mind to focus on a single point, eliminating other thoughts that may contribute to negativity. By practicing meditation, not only can you gain a fresh perspective on stress and anxiety, but you can also achieve mental clarity, fostering greater balance in your life.
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2. Wear bright colors
According to research by the American Mental Health Association, vibrant colors possess the ability to enhance mental activity, leaving your mind refreshed and invigorated. Take a glance at your winter wardrobe; if it predominantly consists of dark tones, consider injecting some lively colors to uplift your spirits during these chilly days. Opting for red, in particular, can add an extra touch of warmth and vitality to your winter ensemble.
3. Enjoy the sunlight
The primary cause of winter blues is the lack of sunlight. In most countries, there are usually glimpses of sunlight, often during the day. So try to incorporate a mental health walk during your work lunch break and find time with friends in the sunshine. You can even take this further by visiting warmer locations with ample sunlight, as suggested in this blog. If the weather is too cold for outdoor activities, sitting by a window during sunny days can also provide a beneficial dose of sunlight.
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4. Connect with loved ones
Loneliness is a significant contributor to the winter blues. Now is the opportune moment to reach out to your inner circles and reconnect with the people you love to counteract feelings of isolation, both for yourself and to look out for those around you. Engaging in activities like checking in via video calls, hosting gatherings, exchanging small gifts to show you are thinking of someone, or simply preparing some baked goods and spending an afternoon chatting are all excellent options to boost energy and draw warmth from companionship.
5. Set regular sleep routine
Ensuring adults get a minimum of 6–8 hours of sleep each day is crucial for both physical and mental well-being. Quality sleep plays a pivotal role in fostering positive mental health and aiding in the battle against winter blues-induced depression. As the days grow darker and longer, establish an extended sleep routine tailored to your needs for added rest.
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Creating a sense of balance in these darker and colder days often requires clear actions to counter the feelings we might experience. You don't need to try it all, but we hope these tips help you navigate these days and feel better. There may be days where you need more support than others, and we often do not appreciate the impact the weather has on our moods. By implementing some practical tips, you can infuse warmth and positivity into your winter routine, ensuring a brighter and more resilient start to the new year.