Just a few short weeks ago we turned the clocks back and gained an hour of sleep. I hate this time of year (well, I shouldn’t really say that. I love the holidays). I hate walking out of work at 5pm and getting into my car in the dark. Even though when I wake up in the morning it’s light outside, I know that the light is diminishing and soon I will be waking up in the dark and leaving work in the dark. It’s the absolute worst. My mom and I have actually been counting down the days until December 21st because we know that after that day we will start gaining daylight back.
Daylight savings time is always a struggle for me (I truly think I suffer from a mild form of seasonal depression), but each year I’ve been getting better, thinking of more ways to combat the darkness (that’s what I like to call this time of year haha). After trial and error I think I have finally found how to beat daylight savings blues.
Get Outside: I know this is wayyyy easier said than done. No one hates cold weather more than I do, but I know that it’s extremely important to get my (layered) booty outside and do something. Go for a walk, a bike ride, go window shopping in town. It doesn’t matter what it is. Just get outside for at least 20 minutes every day. This is especially hard for me since I work in an office Monday thru Friday, but I try to make it a point to get out of the office at lunch and go somewhere.
Get Busy: During winter it’s so easy to just sit in your pajamas all day and watch Netflix, but I am begging you to resist the urge. That only makes you sink further into the hole of winter depression. I find that the more I occupy myself, the less likely I am to think about how much I hate winter. Plan a night to go see a basketball game or a hockey game (or both!), make plans with friends you haven’t seen in a while. There are actually tons of things to do in the winter (despite what I used to think) so I am quickly filling up my calendar through March. Not only is the planning process taking my mind off of the darkness, but it’s giving me things to look forward to!
Plan a Vacation: Speaking of things to look forward to… start planning your next vacation! It gives you something to look forward to, it will keep you occupied and just looking at pictures of warm, sandy beaches will instantly make you feel better!
Bright Surroundings: This, to me, is super important. Having a bright, airy, and clean space is essential not just during the winter months, but all year round. I love that I can come home in the dark, but my room is calming and bright. I like to light candles, plug in white lights, and relax. It definitely makes the dark situation outside much more bearable.
Let me know in the comments how you get rid of the winter blues!