Whether it’s panicking about how you’re going to afford Christmas or you just feel miserable when the sun isn’t shining, Winter contributes to a dip in mood for lots of people. Grey skies, dark mornings and being cold ALL THE TIME are bad enough without all the extra stress on your mental health.
Here are a few ways to make things easier on yourself in the Winter months.
It’s okay not to be super excited about Christmas
When you’re not feeling 100%, the last thing you want is feeling like everyone else around you is having a holly jolly Christmas. Winter time and Christmas can be really hard for some people, whether it’s dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder or difficulties around spending Christmas with your family. It’s totally okay to take a step back from the festivities and make extra time for self-care.
Christmas shouldn’t be a competition over who can spend more. It shouldn’t wrack you with fear searching for a Secret Santa present. You shouln’t feel panicked about getting THE BEST gift. Christmas isn’t about money, it’s about whatever you want it to be about, whether that’s spending time with family, friends, religion, whatever. You do you.
It can be really hard when everyone seems to be Christmas shopping from the start of November but instead why not give a handmade gift or something sentimental over something expensive. Getting into debt for Christmas is never worth it and who doesn’t love a handmade gift anyway?
Ignore the food guilt
We all reach for the carbs a little more in Winter than in the warmer months and maybe that means the scales go up a teeny bit, but what you’re not going to do is beat yourself up for it.
Try and get some exercise each day if you can and stay hydrated if you’re drinking alcohol.
Invest in a SAD lamp
If you struggle with getting up in a morning and feel like your mood is impossible to lift in Winter, maybe it’s time to invest in a sad lamp. I have the Lumie Bodyclock Starter 30 Wake-Up Light Alarm Clock with Sunrise and Sunset Features and it’s changed the Winter months for me so much.
I love that the light starts half an hour before I have to get up so sleepy little me can get used to it before I open my eyes and I also set it before I go to bed so that the light goes out gradually and I feel much more able to relax before bedtime.
What do you do to look after your mental health in winter? Let me know in the comments!