To be short and sweet: I hate winter. I mean HATE. Abhor. Despise. It’s cold, dark, and gloomy. Not to mention in Memphis, it almost never snows. Where’s the fun in that?!
If you’re like me, you work the average 9-5 and never see the sun during the winter months. This can cause some major mood swings and laziness. After 24 years of being a winter-hater, I’ve compiled a short list of things I do to beat the seasonal blues.
- Books, books, books. During a season where you can’t exactly go outside for a bike ride after work, I stockpile some good books and snuggle up with hot chocolate or head to a local coffee shop to read. What better way to escape the cold than to let your mind drift into another world?
- Get some exercise in. No excuses. Even though it’s dark when I get off work, I keep a packed gym bag in my car that is ready to go for Pure Barre or ATC. If I have it with me, I’m less likely to make an excuse not to go. There’s no sense in loafing around the house 24/7, so why not use 30 minutes or an hour of your down time to better yourself? Your summer body will thank you.
- Leggings. Now this one is a no brainer, but one of my LEAST favorite things about winter are the clothes you have to wear to stay comfortable. During the spring and summer, I wear a lot of dresses to work. Not because they are cute, but because I really don’t like wearing pants. Luckily, leggings have come a LONG way over the years, and Macy’s Style & Co brand has leggings for work and play. I wear them almost every single day because they are so warm and comfy.
- Plan your summer vacation. I dream of beaches and palm trees all year long. Having something warm and tropical to look forward to (even if it’s just a “maybe” trip), helps me relax during the winter… and keep my mind somewhere warmer.
- Get outside. Wear a parka, wear a ski mask, do what you have to do but just get outside. It may be cold, but isn’t there something slightly refreshing about the crisp air? Okay, no not really, but we can pretend… But either way, get some fresh air. Get some sunshine. And spend just a few minutes outside, even if you’re miserable while out there, I promise you will feel better later.
In reality, I don’t know if there is a fix for the winter blues or seasonal depression (and it certainly doesn’t help when you’re one of us anxiety-riddend humans on a normal day). But, what I do know, is that giving in to it isn’t an option. Be active, eat well, find things you love to do and do them. Make conscious choices every day that help better your mood. Before you know it, our beloved summer will be back!