The winter blahs, blues, whatever you want to call them… They’re obviously no fun.
We’ve definitely had our fair share of gloomy days, temperatures in the single digits, and smoggy air around here lately. Blech.
I don’t know about you, but cold temps and gloomy days just aren’t my thing. I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona after all. I’ll take blue skies and sunshine with a side of warm temps please.
Ever heard of SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)?
“It’s a type of depression that occurs at the same season every year. If you get depressed in the winter but feel much better in the spring and summer, you may have SAD.” (source)
I wouldn’t say I have full blown SAD, but it certainly affects me from time to time. I just notice myself feeling “blah” more often compared to my usual cheerful self around this time of year. Some weeks, months, and years are better or worse than others depending on the weather. This winter it seems to be affecting me a lot more than last year. I suppose it makes sense considering we barely had a winter last year (which I LOVED) and this year is a full blown one.
Fortunately, I’ve figured out how to deal with it pretty well. It still sucks, and I still regularly dream of sunny days by the ocean, but the below tips help me get by until the sunshine comes out again.
- Sweat it out!
Exercise almost always helps me snap out of any “blah” mood I may be experiencing. Those endorphins are no joke my friends! Your mind and body will appreciate you!
- Hang out with someone that makes you laugh
Whether it’s your best girlfriend, husband, or mom, go hang out with them! Thankfully I live with the funniest person I know, so this one comes by pretty easily for me. Laughing is truly the best medicine.
- Do something you enjoy
This could be going out to eat, reading a book, getting a pedicure, you name it – just go do it. You will thank yourself for it.
- Get to work in the kitchen
If you don’t like to cook or bake, obviously this one isn’t for you. I believe cold and snowy weather makes for the perfect day to cook/bake your little heart out though. Bake your favorite quick bread or cookies. Or cook some meals to freeze for easy dinners in the future. This always makes me feel so accomplished, plus you get some yummy food out of it!
- Enjoy a LAZY day!
Sometimes all it takes is a little shift in our attitude. Look at the cold and gloomy weather as an opportunity to rest and do things we might not normally do in our busy lives. Read a book, take a nap, watch a movie, stay in your pajamas all day, drink hot tea. Obviously you don’t want to be making this a habit every day, but the occasional lazy day can be good for us.
- Plan a vacation
Sometimes you just need to get away and that’s totally okay! If it weren’t for the basketball on my stomach and the recent trip we took to Arizona, I have no doubt I would be making plans to be sipping a margarita on the beach surrounded by palm trees and the ocean. Ahh that sounds glorious!
- What has the weather been like where you live this winter?
- Do you ever experience SAD?
- How do you deal when you’re in a “blah” mood?