Intentional Living

10 Ways to Stay Happy During the Winter Time

It’s reached that point of winter when the sun don’t shine, it’s cold AF, and you just want it to be spring already. We all hit that low point during the winter time where everything just seems to suck. The term “winter blues” is a real thing–coined as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), which affects many people throughout the world. I personally have been battling low moods this past week and wanted to share ten ways that help me feel better during this time of the year.

1. Embrace Hygge
You’ve probably heard about this Danish word (pronounced “hoo-ga” or “hue-gaa”) that’s become a major trend. Although there is no English translation, it essentially means an atmosphere, feeling, or mood of happiness, coziness, and wellbeing. Think of wearing cozy socks, being wrapped up in blankets, surrounded by pillows and sipping on warm tea with the lights down low while your favorite candle is burning on your nightstand. Just the sound of this makes me a little happier.

2. Be Active & Eat Well
Exercise and eating healthy are not only smart lifestyle choices, but they’re also good ways to boost your mood during the winter time. Getting your blood flowing will allow your body to release endorphins, which trigger positive emotions. As for food, if you eat crap, you’re going to feel like crap. Take advantage of the increased time spent inside and try out some new and healthy recipes. Some of my favorite food bloggers are Naturally EllaOh She Glows, and Minimalist Baker.3. Get Outside
Removing yourself from the indoors will clear your mind and the human body thrives off the vitamin D emitted from the sun’s rays. Try to take advantage of when the sun is out for 15 minutes around mid-day.4. Socialize
Call up a friend or organize a night out with your besties. A few hours laughter and chatter will boost your mood and you’ll forget about how depressing the weather outside is.

5. Read Books & Listen to Podcasts
One positive thing about winter is that you find yourself with more time on your hands since you’re inside more. With all this extra time I love reading books, blogs, and articles and I also love listening to podcasts. Using this extra time inside is an opportunity to escape reality into a good novel or learn new healthy habit tips.
Check out my Top 3 Podcasts for Motivation & Productivity and my Goodreads to see what I’ve been reading.

6. Meditate
Taking just 5 minutes out of your day to sit and focus on your breath will calm and ease your mind, especially when the stress of winter has your anxiety shooting up. I’ve been using the Calm app in the morning and love it!

7. Turn Up Your Favorite Songs & Dance
Don’t question this! Just do it!

9. Take Time For Yourself
Turn off your phone. Light a candle. Take a bath. Apply a face mask. Put on some calming music. Lay back and just be present in the moment.

10. Practice Gratitude
At the end of the day we should all be grateful for the endless breathes we take, the opportunities and privileges we are given, and the beauty that surrounds us–even when it’s cold and dark outside.

I hope these tips were insightful in one way or another. I know it can be incredibly hard to stay motivated when it’s freezing and dark outside, but if you practice any of these ten things, I promise you’ll feel a little bit happier at the end of your day. Let me know if you try any of these or if you have anything to add to my list. I’d love to hear how you stay happy during this season. 🙂

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  • Thank you for sharing these really great tips!Will keep these in mind when Winter rolls in

    Candice | Beauty Candy Loves

  • This was a really interesting and helpful post. 🙂 Nowdays, I don't spend enought time with myself, I guess. But now I want to make a relax routine, because I really need it sometimes…

    http://frogoncatwalk.com/

  • These are all great tips, and so true! Working out definitely seems to keep me more sane, especially during this time of year. Also, hygge sounds so interesting (and perfect, haha), I'm intrigued now and will definitely be looking more into that.

    Kathryn • simplykk.com

  • Great tips and tricks! I definitely agree with #3 & #7 🙂

  • Great tips!! I always suffer from Winter Blues though it seemed particularly bad this year with the awful weather, some days I just want to stay in bed all day which isn't great. I've dowmloaded the Calm app which I'm excited to use now!
    Holly x
    The Twins' Wardrobe

  • Totally relateable! Not seeing the sun for days and days really takes a toll on my mood. And yay! I hope you like the app 🙂

  • You are welcome! I hope they offer some comfort when the cold settles in 🙂

  • It's important to find a good balance between spending time with others and yourself! x

  • Exercise always makes me feel better, especially when I'm in a mopey mood!

  • Awesome! Thank you x

  • I loved this post, it is so important to take care of yourself in winter, which I haven't been doing this month!

    http://www.teenytinythoughts.com

  • Great ideas! I am inspired – I will be trying some of these! Thank you for sharing!
    http://www.care4them.com

  • listening to book is one of my favorite things to do when I'm staying home. Even when I'm doing my homework.

  • I love this post! After the holidays, winter can definitely be a drag so it's hard to not just sleep all day. My favorite thing on this list is probably the take time for yourself. So so important. Thanks for the helpful tips!

    xo, Taylor (thesprinkle.tayloramead.com)

  • love this list…it's a great reminder that self-care isn't selfish but it's actually mandatory. thanks for sharing!

  • Great tips! Winter blues is really a struggle

  • These are great tips. I have been writing in a gratitude journal for a few months now, and it has really made a difference in my perspective!

  • i really like this list, I like the gratitude journal. I keep one and it's helped me a lot.

  • Excellent tips! It's great timing, my finding this, as my daughter and I were just talking about how winter just wears us out. These will come in quite handy for us.

  • Yesssss love seeing hygge everywhere!! I studied abroad in Denmark for a semester so it always makes me so happy to hear this term 🙂

    http://www.mollyonthemoveblog.com

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