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