Whether it’s a good helping of boredom, seasonal blues, or a clinical concern, coping with the colder seasons is rarely easy. Even while the cold winds blow, the snow settles, and the average temperatures settle around 1 Celsius, you deserve to still have a good chance of feeling good, productive, and mindful.
Below are five tips for bearing through the incoming colder seasons.
1. Try to be Mobile
The cold may seem oppressive. It may seem like there are no outdoor activities you can do and you could never imagine yourself mustering the energy for a skiing adventure.
Regardless, you should still strive to be at least a little mobile. Make sure your vehicle is equipped for the season and get outside. Take regular trips outdoors in the afternoons and consider adopting a new (and light) workout regime. Pick up a new art craft or just jump up and down in front of the television. The idea is to keep the blood flowing!
2. Keep at Least One Daily Goal
Forward momentum is important. While the next couple of months (or more) may be chilly, you can still stick to a few insightful goals. Try to have at least one main goal for the day. It could be as small as “eat a big breakfast” or as ambitious as “build a sleigh.”
The goal should be made to suit you. The point is that you have something productive and meaningful to hang your day on, giving you a seasonal progression you need to stave off the blues.
3. Join a Club or Social Group
Everyone is sluggish during the season. Everyone wants it to end right around mid-December, and no one is immune to the Late February push. You can vent with like-minded others at a social group or gathering.
For some, they would rather go to the dentist. But just a little kick can get you outside with others who are just as gloomy with the ongoing winter. You might even play a fun game or build on a hobby while you are at it!
4. Plan the Near Future
While you are trying to be social and staying as productive as you can, you can still look to the future. One of my favorite activities during the winter is to plan a summer trip or what I want to do when the weather warms up. This gets my head out of the winter, even for a bit, and allows me to speculate on a warmer tomorrow. You can plan a summer vacation, sketch out a blueprint for a garden, buy (or fix up) a bike, start intentionally saving for a big purchase, and so on.
5. Have an Outside Resource
Make sure you have a tether to the world outside. This is more than a social source, though it doesn’t have to be. Examples include a connection to a mental health professional like Noorayne at Chevalier Psychotherapy or visiting close friend.
These are just some quick approaches to the winter season to make it a little better. Your feelings are genuine. Just as importantly, you are not alone in having them. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the local crisis line; they can help and it’s free of charge. No matter how chilly it gets, you matter – and everyone can use a little help.