Hello my lovely people. Today I want to be very real with you guys, I kind of suck at winter. No. I just straight up suck at winter. Winter blues, seasonal depression, winter funk, whatever you want to call it, it is a real struggle. I know that the winter blues can be something that effects many people. So I want to talk about it! I think it is about time we start talking about our struggles my peeps. Lets get into it!
This is the time of year when some days you are hanging in there just fine and going about your normal day doin’ your thannng and the next day just feels hard. Things feel extra heavy. Motivation is very low. It is hard to get out of bed and it just feels easier to do nothing. This is something I struggle with on and off all throughout winter.
BUT. I want to share what I have learned over time + what helps put a little pep in my step. Let me remind you, I am FAR from mastering the art of “kickin’ those winter blues right in the booty” but I have learned some things that are good for my heart in this time and I want to share them with you lovely humans.
+ GET READY AND DO SOMETHING YOU LOVE
This one is hard. Some days it is hard to get out of that cozy bed and be somewhat excited about it. BUT I have learned that it is good to get up, take a shower, do your hair, and put on your favorite outfit. You feel good when you look good, its just how it works. After you are ready, go do your favorite thing! Head to your favorite coffee shop, go walk around your favorite store, meet your bestie for a quick lunch, whatever it might be DO THE THING.
+ INSPIRE YOURSELF
Read / listen / view things that inspire your mind. Blogs, books, social media, podcasts, etc. I love to dream. Dreaming and consuming things that inspire me gives me some hope and things to look forward to. Write down the things that inspire you and make you feel alive. Plan ways you want pursue your dreams and ACTUALLY pursue them my loves.
+ MAKE PLANS
This is huge for me. To be brutally honest, I usually really try and avoid this one. Because in the moment it just seems easier to be by myself or not have to get out of my stupid winter sadness. But having plans on the calendar is huge. This is something to look forward to when you are having a rough day. Its good to have plans with people you love. We are built for people. So call your homie and put something in your calendar!
+ TREAT YOUR BODY RIGHT
As much as I just want to eat 15 cookies a day and make grilled cheese for every meal in the winter, it feels good to fill your body with fuel. Don’t get me wrong, you have to treat yourself to a grilled cheese every now and then for your mental health. But food is fuel. Fill your tummy with things that make you feel good and give you healthy energy. Go to sleep earlier and wake up a little earlier. Workout. Sweating and moving your body feels great. It can be hard to get there, but it is so worth it.
I hope that you can use a few of these things this winter! It is far from easy, but we can get through it together team. I want to start being more real about the “hard stuff”. We all have struggles and things that are “not so pretty”. Seasonal depression is real guys. But talking about it, and sharing wisdom can be so beneficial. You guys are super stars! Lets do this thing.