Winter Blues: Getting Through the Dreary Months

Winter Blues: Getting Through the Dreary Months

Why exploring your passions can be the best cure for the winter blues.


The beauty of January is the new year, the fresh start. But we all know that when we roll off of the holidays it’s not always easy to get back into our routines – especially when your backdrop is cold or snow.

So what can we do to make the winter months pass just a little faster? One way is to figure out what you want to look forward to. The anticipation and energy that builds from keeping your eye on the prize will help to catapult you into spring. (Or at least inch you that much closer).

Looking Forward to What’s Next
When you’re in the midst of the winter doldrums and there doesn’t appear to be an end in sight, look ahead to that meaningful something on the horizon. It can be big or small, but focusing your energy ahead will help you chug along through the days and months that follow.

You can keep it as simple as you’d like: Look ahead to the next snow, or the next party or family gathering. Just choose a couple things that you’re excited about over the next few weeks and let them color your calendar and inspire.

Download this great image which you can customize for whatever you’d like! Put it in a picture frame then use a dry erase marker to write on the outside of the glass – counting down to the next big thing!

If you want to take it a step further or take up something completely new to keep life moving, here are some ideas to get the wheels turning.

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Get Moving
There are plenty of reasons why we should all exercise. But let’s try reframing the idea to put you in charge: Consider the types of movement you’d like to try this winter – from walking or running outdoors to yoga or spinning – without the pressure of any major commitment on the front end. You’re experimenting and trying different ways of moving, and it could be as easy as walking with a neighbor one morning per week. This experimentation will help to elevate your mood during the winter and keep you facing forward – toward spring!

Trying Something New
Ever wanted to learn violin or Irish dancing? Or Italian? Take a class and indulge your curiosity. Between classes and practicing at home, you’ll be looking at spring flowers before you even realize months have passed. The key: Taking up something that brings you affirmation and makes you feel good. Trying something new helps to keep up your momentum as you’re learning.

Tip: If you’re interested in university classes, try looking into online options – there may be free courses available.

Book Club, Anyone?
Being able to focus on one thing can seem like a lofty goal in the age of tech and multiple devices – but it can feel good when we do it. If you like to craft, read or even bicycle, there are others like you out there. Start a group that meets regularly to help shape your calendar and meet people who share your passion.

Take your cooking skills up a notch with a few new recipes to exchange with friends every month. Set up a weekly movie night. If you’re into sports, organize a tournament or outing among friends. You can even start a dinner club and take turns cooking or exploring restaurants in your area. The possibilities are endless. If you don’t want to take the reigns and start a club, join an existing book club or walking group.

Just because you are trying something new doesn’t mean you need to go at it alone. Find a group or invite your friends to join you – whether it’s formally organized or not.

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