Sometimes, winter just isn’t your season. Your skin dries out, it’s too cold to do anything, and sunny days are rare to come. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t like the winter season for these reasons and get depressed during the winter, it’s completely normal.
Many people experience this actually. It’s called Seasonal Affective Disorder, or seasonal depression.
Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a self-diagnosed disorder that usually isn’t that serious. It only lasts for a couple of months, typically when the weather gets warmer. Once diagnosed by a professional, they are able to treat you if the symptoms are severe.
Instead of completely saying you might have a mental disorder, I’m just going to say you have a case of the Winter Blues.
It’s extremely important to take care of yourself during these next few months. Surprisingly, most suicides occur during the Spring season, the season that symbolizes rebirth and new life. It’s believed to be the reason why many suicidal people attempt it, but that’s a different story for a different post.
Just like any other type of blues, it is curable. Personally, I like the winter; my birthday is in the winter, I like winter clothes, and I don’t sweat like a pig. Sometimes though, I do feel the effect winter has with it’s long, ever ending cold days.
But, always know – the winter does not last forever.
- Embrace the perks of what winter brings. Do the things that are socially normal to do at this time of year. Drink all the hot chocolate you want. Wear those baggy, fuzzy pajamas one of your family members got for you last Christmas. Sit under layers of blankets and binge-watch your favorite show on Netflix. If you’re not a home-body, don’t let the cold affect you from enjoying your time outside. Still have fun and beat the cold! Find something that you can only do during the cold season, like ice skating. If you live in older climates, go sledding or skiing.
- Spend time with people. Don’t let the cold be the reason why you don’t spend time with your friends or your significant other. Why would you wanna watch movies and TV by yourself when you can do so with someone else? I like to spend my winter days with my S/O, relaxing and staying warm watching pretty much anything in bed. You’re spending quality time with the people you love without spending a dime on plans. That’s what I call a successful winter day.
- If you’re home for the holidays, make the most of your time being home. I never went away for college, and even at 23 I still don’t think I’m ready to leave everything behind, but I know those who did and are still away for college, and my the time the new year rings in, those same people are wishing to go back to school to keep themselves busy. If I went away for school, I’d make the most of my time home. If you’re allowing the cold weather to dictate your catch-up sessions and stops to your favorite places in town, you’re not doing it right.
- Enjoy the snow at least once this winter season. After awhile, staying out at home due to snow can get pretty annoying and repetitive, especially if you live in an area that always snows. Why despise it when you can enjoy it? If you have siblings or have neighborhood friends close by, have some fun with the snow at least once! Embrace your childhood self and have fun! It is only snow and you can go back inside whenever you want. If you’re not one to go outside in the snow (like myself), then just sit next to the window and watch the snow fall. The prettiest moments of snowfall are when it still continues to snow once the sun goes down, and the sky is this pink/purple color. Seriously so breathtaking.
- Instead of feeling sad and boredom, occupy yourself with things you normally wouldn’t do. When you come to think about it, it’s pretty much impossible to have nothing to do at your house when it’s cold outside. People are so used to being on the move and going places that they never really spend quality time with themselves. Having “you time” is essential to fighting away the winter blues. When it’s too cold to go outside, color in an adult coloring book. Find new music to listen to. Clean out your closet and make room for the Spring clothes you’re dying to buy. Always try to do something to pass the time, and before you know it, your day will be over.
- Most importantly, take care of yourself. Sometimes, the winter causes more than just boredom to occur. You’re cooped up in your own thoughts, which builds up anxiousness and sadness within yourself. If you’re starting to feel like the winter is tearing you apart, always remember that it’s only temporary and that seasons do change. In the time being, take care of yourself, both mentally and physically. You’ve made it through many other winters, and you can sure make it through this one.
No matter what season you feel your lowest in, these little tips can help you get through the three month period. I typically follow those tips during the summer because that’s the season I don’t always feel my best in. I still make it through every summer perfectly fine, with some positive things coming out of it. Your winter blues will take over you if you allow it to. Instead of automatically giving a negative stigma on the season, find some unique things that you like about winter! What’s your favorite thing to do in the winter? What’s your favorite thing to wear specifically in the winter time? What are some of your favorite places to go in the winter?