January and February: my least favorite months of the year. Why? Back to real-life (post-holidays), freezing temperatures, little sunlight . . . it’s a tough combo for me, and I have a feeling I’m not alone. For all who suffer from “winter blues,” try these coping methods that help me to lighten my mood until spring arrives:
- Get back to the basics. You’ve heard it your entire life, and yet, it still seems to be true—eating well, engaging in exercise, and getting enough sleep make you feel better. Our physical state gives us filters that we use to process the situations and people around us. If we’re feeling well physically, it’s more likely that we’ll be able to handle the emotional and mental stresses around us with a more positive outlook.
- Treat yourself to “pretty.” Wear those pearls while you vacuum, sport your best outfit when you work remotely, and curl your hair when you’re the only one who will see it that day. Feeling like you look pretty is a quick way to boost confidence and improve your mood.
- Stay organized. Have you ever heard the saying “the state of your room reflects the state of your mind”? Does that mean that if you change the state of your room, it can change your state of mind? I say yes. This is a simple trick to keep your mind organized, productive, and creative. For me, this equation equals more happiness too.
- Find things to look forward to. Plan for a date night, schedule time for a fun project, make a yummy treat, or watch your favorite show. I have never been one to look forward to Monday, but now that I have a couple of TV series I watch that night, Mondays seem a little less dull. It’s the little things; spend time doing your kind of fun.
- Be grateful. Life is always good, depending on how you look at it. Regaining a grateful perspective might just be the ticket to make today look a little brighter. I have found that learning from the experiences of others or doing some personal reflection are especially helpful.
Have a happy day!