The Winter Solstice marks the shortest days of the year.
It also marks the coming of the coldest days (which come roughly a month after the solstice).
For those of us in the northern hemisphere, this phenomenon occurs in late December.
For my people in the southern hemisphere, late June is when it all goes down.
If you’re living closer to the equator, well, you can just take heed of these tips year round 🙂
When winter is on and the days are shorter and colder, it’s easy to feel down, have lower energy levels, and even start longing for the days of summer, sun, and warmth!
These my friend, are what they aptly call the “winter blues”, and they can be a real b*tch.
But let’s not let the season get us down.
We can feel better, have more energy, and live more in the present moment by using some key strategies.
Really? What kind of strategies?
Well, for starters we’re not just gonna sit around and wallow.
Life’s too short for that. We have things to do and people to see.
We’re also not going to worry about the weather.
That’s just out of our hands.
What we’re gonna do is do what we can.
Keeping busy by giving ourselves plenty of things to do.
Keep on keeping on with making progress and bettering ourselves every day, in every aspect of life possible.
Trying new things and strengthening our social bonds.
Creating a more positive mindset by being thankful for what we have.
What we want to do is make OUR OWN WEATHER, and kick winter’s ass like we mean it.
Without further ado, let’s get into the ways that we can DESTROY the winter blues.
1. Take On a Worthwhile Project
Easily the best way to keep yourself busy and be in the present moment is to have a big, difficult, but worthwhile project to work on that you can get obsessed about.
It could be something like:
Gaining muscle, losing fat, and getting healthier.
Starting a side hustle.
Keeping up with home repairs.
Taking up a sport or martial art.
Learning how to do something artsy like paint or draw.
Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter.
As long as you get really into it, it creates a positive experience, and it helps you focus, try it!
The possibilities are truly endless, and doing challenging things never goes out of style.
2. Be Somewhere Warm (close or far away)
If you can spring the dough, take a vacation.
You’ll come back a new person.
If not, find dope indoor events in your area where you can see cool stuff and connect with awesome people.
Museums, art galleries, planetariums, conservatories, concerts, sporting events… they’re all good.
Also, keep your living space warm and inviting, with plenty of plants.
A warm, well-lit dwelling with living plants will give you vital energy.
3. Read and Learn More
Stuck indoors? Well why don’t you let King, Bradbury, Twain, or Hemingway take you on a journey?
I find that reading fiction can be an excellent way to spend an evening (yes, I’m a nerd).
Some of my favorite fiction titles:
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
1984 – George Orwell
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
You could also pick up some non-fiction and learn some stuff you’ve always wanted to know.
Knowledge is (potential) power, and it behooves you to spend some time acquiring it.
4. Exercise More
Any way you slice it, exercise can boost your mood and get you feeling good.
Also a bonus: If you get started on that beach bod early, you’ll have less work to do in the spring 🙂
5. Eat Better
The winter blues come about from the frigid weather, the lack of daylight, and the longer nights.
This could easily lead to lots of indiscriminate eating, and in turn lots of fat gain!
Let’s not let this happen!
How about trying the OPPOSITE?
We could take the time to pick ourselves up and learn how to eat less and eat better while LOSING FAT during this time!
Research and learn about nutrition, find awesome recipes, and learn how to cook and it will pay dividends down the road.
I’ve written a few posts about nutrition, if you want you can check them out here.
There really is no better time to make the changes you want than in the winter months!
6. Practice Gratitude
Hey, the days may be dark and cold, but at least you get to experience them!
What have you got that others don’t?
Do you have shelter, running water, heat, food, and electricity?
A lot of people don’t.
If you do, you’re golden.
And just remember that everything is temporary, the flowers will bloom again, the sun will shine bright, and the heat will be on again in six months or less.
Do you have something that works for you to kill the winter blues?
Let us know below.
Here’s to kicking ass in all seasons,