This morning I went to woods for a walk - a thing that I love to do so much, but unfortunately don’t get to do that often lately. It is not that I don’t have time (if you know me, you’d know that the excuse of not having “enough time” to do anything is not an excuse, I believe that everything can get done if our priorities are in order), but with 1000 things I have on my calendar, if I don’t schedule even the most basic things like journaling, meditation and gym time, I may end up skipping them.
However, as I usually get affected by so-called “winter blues” when colder and gloomier days arrive, I make sure to soak in as much daylight and be surrounded with nature whenever I can. As I said before, sometimes it’s be woods near my house, sometimes I may go to the mountains, but most often it’ll be just half an hour reading in the city park. It doesn’t really matter, guys, the important thing is to spend at least 20 minutes in contact with nature, trees and natural sunlight. We may not be conscious about that, but it makes some real difference to our wellbeing - at the end, we are part of the nature ourselves, even though everybody seems to forget that nowadays.
Other than going outside and being in nature, other stuff that help me with getting throught cold days without falling into those dark mindsets are:
1) regular exercise
I know that it can be hard as fuck when you are freezing during first 10mins of your cardio, but trust me, it can help you SO MUCH
2) eating healthy and staying hydrated
teas are EVERYTHING during cold days
being honest with ourselves and pouring out daily all our thoughts and emotions on a piece of paper is extremely therapeutic and beneficial
sure you already know all about this one
If you google “winter blues” or “seasonal affective disorder” or something among those lines, you’ll always get more or less same pieces of advice as I gave you in this post. I used to get really frustrated after reading heaps of those articles, hoping to find about some magical quick-fix advice that will be able to help me without me doing much of the work. There’s no such thing, guys. I am sad to inform you, but if you want to feel good, you have to do your part of the equation. But, good news is that this advice, however obvious they seem, really work if you stick to them on the regular basis.
And at the end of the day, it is much easier and rewarding doing all this stuff and feeling energized than coping with seasonal depression one day after another, struggling to get on with your day every damn morning.
I hope some of you will find this helpful!
Lots of love and warm kisses :*