5 Ways to Fight the Winter Blues

January 24, 2018

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5 Ways to Fight the Winter Blues - M Loves M @marmar

Without fail, around this time of year, I always start to feel a little bit down. We’re flying through January, the excitement of healthy eating has waned a bit, and I’m missing the holidays. Our weather has been flip-flopping between 80 degree days and a chilly 60, so I feel like I haven’t been able to truly enjoy the weather, either. I wish for sunny days when it’s chilly, and then when it’s sunny I’m like “noo but it’s wintertime!” I’m a fickle girl this time of year, that’s for sure, always wanting what I can’t have- like my chocolate chip cookies with my kale salads. In all seriousness though, I know this time of year isn’t always the easiest so I thought I’d share 5 ways to fight the winter blues, in case any of you are feeling them too!

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5 Ways to Fight the Winter Blues

  1. Let go of the negativity. I know it’s easier said than done. It can be so easy to complain but I’m trying to spin negatives into postitives. I really want to try to live in the moment as best as I can, and not wish away this winter season. I’ve been trying to let go of those negative thoughts and spin them around. For example, instead of complaining that the rain is preventing me from running errands, I’m sick of wearing sweaters, or I’m bored of my healthy eating, I’m telling myself the rain is allowing me to enjoy some cozy time at home, I’ll miss these days with sweaters once it’s 90 degrees out, and maybe I need to look for different healthy recipes that will be more satisfying. It’s sometimes hard to be optimistic, but I’m really trying to think positive. {Also, I know it’s silly to complain about our weather when some of you are in negative degree temperatures! You all are superheroes for fighting those snowstorms because I think I’d have a hard time with it}
  2. Be Active and Get Outside. Even when the weather is dreary I try to get outside every day. It’s easier now with Augustine because he loves to go on walks. I find that whenever we get outside, even if it’s just for 15 minutes, I feel so much better. I love to feel a little bit of sunshine, the fresh air against my face, and see nature. It helps me get outside of myself a little bit and appreciate what’s going on around me.
  3. Set Small Goals. The new year is a time for big, lofty resolutions. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been incredibly inspired January 1st and by the time February rolls around, our goals are on the back burner. I’ve been trying to make goals that are a little more realistic and attainable, setting action plans for each one. I find that also by setting small goals, and ideally, ones that can be achieved in a short amount of time, I’m able to feel more accomplished. If you’re looking for extra encouragement, here are some tips on how to stay on track with your new year’s goals!
  4. Make a seasonal list! What are things you can only do this season that you can’t next? Experiment with the InstantPot, make those hearty soups, plan a mountain or ski trip, and catch up on your favorite TV series. Try to think of winter like you think of fall! What’s on your bucket list?
  5. Plan Ahead. Sometimes you just need something to look forward to. After Christmas and New Years, I can’t help but get excited about Valentine’s Day. Yesterday, I went to Hobby Lobby and got some cute items: a heart shaped cake mold, red straws, and cute metallic heart napkins. I also have been stocking up on red and pink dresses! Having something to look forward to can help decrease those winter blues. We’re also planning a warm weather Hawaiian vacay next month so that is helping me stay focused and inspired!

And when in doubt, wear light colors! Swap the dreary blacks for lighter hues. I find that sometimes a change of outfit can be incredibly inspiring. I have a rack of winter clothes in my closet that I just don’t want to touch because the colors are so dark and feel so drab. I’m already reaching for lighter neutrals, like this white lace top, and this gray pearl tote! And if you have to wear a coat, why not make it a cream-colored one? How cozy does this one look?


I hope you all can take a little inspiration from this post as we deal with a time of year that might not seem quite as exciting. I’m hopeful though that with the right outlook I can make it a really fun season! If you have any tips for me on ways to fight the winter blues, let me know! Or is there anything special you’re looking forward to?

xox

photos by Vanessa Lentine 

  • Natali

    Being active and trying my best to block all the negativity are def. ways which help me to cope with an inevitable Winter blues.
    You are looking gorgeous in this laidback outfit and I can’t believe that this tote is right now such a steal! <3

    https://lartoffashion.com/touches-of-red/

    • yes those are such great tips! Thanks for sharing Natali!

  • Rach

    I definitely have the winter blues! Getting outsides even for a minute helps me as well. I like the idea of wearing bright clothes. Definitely a great way to brighten the day!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

    • ugh it’s so hard not to sometimes! Getting outside usually helps me sooo much!!

  • This tips were great as I 100% have the winter blues at the moment! Great post! <3

    Charlotte | https://www.charlotteidek.com/

    • aw I’m so sorry you’re feeling them too! Hopefully you can turn things around soon!

  • LOVE that jacket!

  • I have definitely been feeling a little bit down and unmotivated lately, so this post was really helpful! Doing seasonal activities is definitely fun– I just whipped up a batch of lentil soup the other day! I agree that we need to have something to look forward to sometimes. Planning little getaways or time with friends on the weekends always makes me excited!

    Mia | http://www.verymuchmia.com

    • yum! I love lentil soup! It’s one of my favorites!

  • Diana

    I love this post! So relatable! I find myself dealing with the winter blues each year and I’m constantly trying to find things to lift my spirits. Diffusing uplifting essential oils help! I also try to strategically place brightly colored objects in my line of vision. For example, I needed a new bath sponge, so I opted for the brightest yellow I could find. I also have a row of healthy, green plants on my window sill to distract from the dreary view outside. I love to read, so I generally pick lighter, beach-type reads this time of year to liven up my imagination. And like you, I try to plan ahead and think of all the fun things to come. Thanks for the tips! I’m going to add them to my list.

    • yes you’re so right! I didn’t even mention oils but that’s something that totally helps me too! i love your other tips too! especially with the plants!

  • I needed these tips today Mara, this winter is kicking my butt, and I just can’t seem to get in gear for the new year! Love this cozy outfit and such a great transitional top!

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

    • thank you so much Heidi! I feel like January can be such a tough month!

  • Good tips, thanks Mara. 🙂 I find this time of year hard when Christmas is over and it’s all dreary and cold. I recently started a Food and Mood course though (about how nutrition affects us and our mental and physical health) so that’s been something new to do. I also belly dance and classes have just started again.

    My favourite tips are Nos. 2 and 4. I like walking in the park and try to walk there year round depending on the weather. It’s good to get out and get some fresh air, even if it’s only for a bit. And I made a “Winter List” a couple of months ago. I had Christmas themed things on there, but also items like trying new hot/seasonal drinks and that’s something I can still do now.

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