You don’t need to be suffering from full-blown Seasonal Affective Disorder to feel generally down, low on energy and warmth in winter time. Yet the winter blues are a fact of life, for millions of people. Want a fail-safe 7 step strategy to help you set yourself free from the winter blues this year?
The recent cold snap in the UK has reminded many of us how tough it can be to feel relaxed and happy, when temperatures are sub-zero and the sun rarely comes out to play!
Before we realise that the smiles of summer have disappeared for another year, we can end up feeling tense, tired, irritable, lethargic and generally yuck.
Do you really want to wait till next summer to feel good again?
Want To Banish The Winter Blues?
The great news is that there are simple, practical things you can do today, to move towards setting yourself free from the winter blues.
How To Beat The Winter Blues – 7 Step Strategy
- Make Positive Choices
It’s a cold, hard fact that over 90% of our experience of the winter blues is down to how we choose to feel about it. It’s not the cold that makes us miserable, it’s our response to it.
In each moment, if you catch yourself telling yourself stories about the winter blues, you can press ‘pause’ and choose to tell a different story. Even if it feels tough, you can always choose.
- Get Moving
Winter tends to make us want to curl up in a ball and hibernate like a hedgehog, but that causes all sorts of problems. It makes us feel sluggish, tired and grumpy. Although hibernation is an important part of winter, it’s important to keep your body moving, so that the lymph and other circulation systems keep running, processing and clearing toxins from your system. Find healthy, winter-friendly ways to get moving again and wake yourself up a bit! You’ll love the difference it makes.
- Letting Go
Cold weather (and thinking about the cold!) causes us to tense up our bodies, leading to aches, pains and more, lasting long beyond the winter months. There are some simple exercises you can do, to release that tension, to help you feel more awake and energised, throughout the winter months. So it’s really important to make the most of chances to relax, to let go of tension and to make sure you’re not tensing yourself into the winter blues. It’s tough to feel happy when your jaw is clenched and you’re wearing your shoulders as earrings!
- How’s Your Breathing?
Winter posture tends to make us breathe badly – which has a knock-on affect for our physical health and emotional and mental states. Just two minutes a day of special breathing techniques can help bring more sunshine into your day. Start with belly breathing (if that’s comfortable for you) and enjoy the feeling of your breath lifting your mood and re-energising your body.
- Seeing The Light
Forget about expensive S.A.D. lights, there’s a really cheap (and incredibly effective) way of boosting your light levels this winter in just a couple of minutes a day. It’s called Tratak – or candle gazing. If you meditate whilst gently letting your gaze rest on the flame of a candle for a few minutes, it activates your pineal gland and floods your body with summer-sunshine-feel-good hormones, helping you to feel better, fast.
- Winter Food Traps
In winter, not only do we tend to gravitate towards comfort food, but we tend to eat more often because we’re feeling cold, tired and miserable. There are common food traps that are all-too-easy to fall into over winter – and these could be wrecking your mood. Make sure you’re not over-indulging on sugar, caffeine or any of the other winter-blues-nasties – focussing instead on winter-season vegetables (locally-sourced, if possible) and warming herbal and spiced teas.
- Winter-To-Summer Action Plan
Create your own, practical action plan, to move gently from winter, through spring and into summer. Tailor it so it will work for you, however busy your life is. You know what works for you. Plan ahead. Spot the traps you usually fall into. Take action to do something about them. Create your very own action pland and you need never feel the winter blues again!
There you have it – a whistle-stop tour of 7 things you can do to start beating the winter blues today.
If this resonated for you and you’d like to dive in and make deep-acting, long-lasting progress on setting yourself free from the winter blues today, you might like to join our online course: How To Beat The Winter Blues.
It goes into lots more detail on the strategies above – as well as bringing you plenty of other inspirational techniques, including videos, workbooks, a winter blues meditation, weekly mini-projects, weekly winter blues affirmations and exclusive membership of our private winter blues forum.
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I’d love to hear your thoughts on the winter blues in general – and how the ideas in this article could help.
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As an NLP Trainer, Meditation & Yoga Teacher and an Engineer, Clare Josa demystifies ancient wisdom, blending it with the 'user manual' for your brain, to make it surprisingly easy for you to ditch your hidden blocks, and even enjoy the process.
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