I confess, I will have nothing to complain about this winter. I’ve got so sick and tired with the whole dark days/cold nights period, I saved as much as I could to be able to get out for a couple of months. I bought myself a ticket and left cold Belgium for Asia. (More on that in future posts). However, I realize not everyone is in the position to just pack up and leave; you may have a job, a career or a family to tent to. I’m certainly not going to be this ‘free’ every wintertime either. I wish we could just launch ourselves into spring after the Newyear- skip the darkness and the cold. Unfortunately after the last day of december, we still have some couple of cold months to go through before we can soak up the sun again. I’m sure I’m not the only one having troubles staying energized at this time of the year. So, if you’re up for reducing the chances you would feel like a hanckerchief after winter, you can try out these seasonal attempts to get through the winterblues and see if it works. Be sure to let me know.
First, I try to allow myself some solid sleep. Going slow. If life allows you to do so. It feels like I’m taking extra good care of myself when I have enough time to nap and/or sleep. Also, it’s kind of nice to stop feeling guilty whenever I’m in my bed having a lay-in, or when I’m on the couch napping at noon. It helps me to wind down. Also, (and this is difficult) I try not to rush things too much. Yeah, the better-me takes things slow -go like a turtle. 🐢
Secondly, I’m a big eater. Nothing wrong with that. But, every winter it seems like I’m eating even more. It might also be due to the fact that I go climbing a lot. I do try to eat healthy. If you’re interested in having a good sport diet, you can check out my Vegan Foodie Friend Eline’s Instagram. I like her posts because, to be honest, 1: Vegan Foodie Friend Eline is a great friend and I absolutely adore her, so I love to share what she writes about and 2: She really knows her stuff about being a vegan foodie. Check her out here.
Furthermore, I go spend a spare, lazy moment gathering music. This will probably sound silly, but I’ve got some couple of extra playlists ready with summer-ish, upbeat tunes that I can listen to on my way to work. They’re small things, but they do help to keep my mood up.
Another thing is, I try not to care about the weather. Try. I got myself a good winter jacket and a pair of waterproof hiking boots in order to be able to play outside. Best idea ever. Now I only have to put them on and go to the woods or the beach to recharge
Finally, as an emergency: Break with te effort in case of too cold or acute grumpiness. Snuggle in a soft blanket. Drink a tea. Get a warm bath. Hug a friend. Go surf or climb. Or have an ‘off day’ if you can use one, stay in and listen to this tune.