If you're anything like me, the grey skies and stormy weather are only enjoyable for so long. I crave the warm sunshine of summer and when the winter hits, it can be hard to keep myself positive and healthy. For many people, winter can be a tough time dealing with feeling down, depressed or anxious. It is important during these times that we don't forget to take good care of ourselves.
This is a great list to keep on hand and add to as you go through down times during the winter season. Take what works for you and scratch off the things that don't. Everyone is different - find what works best for you!
1. Take a vitamin D supplement
You can pick it up at any local drug or grocery store. Take it consistently to help raise your vitamin D levels.
2. Try yoga
There are tons of other great videos for anxiety and stress on YouTube.
Sometimes just being still and connecting to your breath can help release the heaviness and negativity that creeps in during this time of year.
4. Talk to someone
You're not alone! There are tons of people who find this time of year to be difficult. Reach out and find a support system.
5. Drink warm tea
Wrap yourself in a big blanket and curl up with a warm cup of tea. It's relaxing and comforting! I love to unwind in the evening with a caffeine-free tea.
6. Get outside when you can
Weather often makes this difficult during the winter, but find a moment to step outside between stormy weather or watch the rainfall from your porch. Fresh air is game changer.
7. Read a good book
Reading is a great way to occupy your mind and keep it from dwelling on the negative.
8. Listen to positive, upbeat music
Music has an incredible way of changing your mood. Turn it up and dance it out!
9. Know yourself
Pay attention to the times you tend to feel the most down and make it a habit to do something positive during that time.
It's hard to get moving when you feel down or it's too stormy to go outside. Find a workout video on YouTube or do jumping jacks while watching your favorite TV show. Do something to get your body moving.
Amy Brazier is the great mind behind Courageous Writing, which was born out of her desire to discuss life. She wanted to create content that can start a conversation; maybe spark change where it’s needed and shed a bit of light into the darkness.