Beating the Winter Blues

Beating the Winter Blues

It’s February, the days are getting longer, but it’s still oh so grey. My Dad has always joked about having SAD (seasonal affective disorder) and how the lack of sunshine during the winter months really gets to him. So much so, that he now hops on a plane to Spain every few weeks, just to get that much needed vitamin D fix. Now I am beginning to wonder whether this anti-winter disposition might be genetic, but as I can’t jump on a plane with much or indeed any regularity, I need to find my own way around it.

I know there are so many of us that can relate to the darker month funk that comes with winter. Once the novelty of autumn and festivity of Christmas has passed, so many of us feel like hibernating under a rock somewhere, preferably with a family sized slab of Dairy Milk. Winter comfort eating is a real life thing. I am a prime example of someone who chooses to hibernate over winter, if I could get away without leaving the house from January through to March, I totally would, but here’s the thing.

After complaining about the winter blues on Instagram a couple of weeks ago, I saw lots of people chime in in agreement, this is really is a widespread feeling, but if Chris call me a miserable cow (and rightly so) one more time, I think I might cry. It is quite obviously completely socially unacceptable to spend an entire season being utterly miserable, eating my body weight in pastries, chocolate and crisps all day, so I asked you lovely lot what I should do to combat the blues and this is what you said.

Exercise

Lots of lovely people said that exercising is a great way to lift the winter blues. Anyone who knows me well will know how much I loathe exercise. I am one of those people who scarcely has the coordination required to walk without injuring oneself. On the rare occasion that I do decide to exercise, it usually involves a Davina McCall fitness DVD, limbs splaying out in all directions and the soundtrack of a herd of African elephants approaching over the horizon.

Moving on.

Socialise & Spend Time With Family

I know how important this is and I know how spending time with friends and family is good for the soul, but I am universally awful at making arrangements and seeing them through in winter. We do have a weekend away with friends arranged for March and I am really looking forward to it. There is nothing like a few good belly laughs with lovely people to banish those blues for good.

Get Outside

Despite my reluctance to leave the house during winter and my loathing of exercise, getting out for a walk is the one thing that I am actually quite good at sticking to. The kids begin to bounce off the walls if they’ve spent too long indoors, which I think perhaps helps with motivation for this one. Children are a bit like dogs, they need regular walks or else they’ll get the hump and start misbehaving.

We had promised the kids that we would take them to the skate park this weekend, so that Noah could try out his new scooter and we ventured out even though the weather was bleak, cold and wet. I’m not going to lie, it wasn’t the perfect outing. It was freezing cold and despite what these photos might suggest, Noah was a little toe rag and my fingers were close to frostbite. Do you know what though? By the time we were back home and in the warm again, I did feel like my mood had lifted, I felt more energetic and most importantly, the kids were no longer nagging to go to the park. In short, getting out and about does work.

I think the long and short of staying happy during winter months is probably more simple than we might like to accept sometimes. Largely the consensus is to pull yourself together, get out there, see your friends, move your body and enjoy each and every day, whether sunny or not. Though I can completely get on board with this most days, I am still going to allow myself to go up to bed before 8pm with a tin of homemade flapjacks and a marathon session of Netflix. Some days you feel like indulging in winter because hibernating has its advantages too.


•This is a collaborative post.

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18 Comments

  1. February 13, 2017 / 11:19 pm

    I definitely agree with the need to hibernate and some days I have just done that and felt better for it. I also agree that exercise and getting out in the fresh air really helps too x

    • February 19, 2017 / 6:33 pm

      I have hibernated today, but have promised myself I will get out for a walk tomorrow x x

  2. February 14, 2017 / 9:32 am

    For me, getting outside is the most important thing. We often stay indoors – it’s easier, it’s warmer etc but there’s nothing like a bit of fresh air to make you feel better x

    • February 19, 2017 / 6:33 pm

      I agree! Fresh air clears the mind! I just wish it would stay a bit drier. I have been drenched on the last few walks I’ve been on. Roll on spring!! x x x

  3. February 14, 2017 / 11:42 am

    We all feel SO much better after fresh air. I love getting out and about in the morning with the little ones and then having a chilled afternoon. We all sleep better too after running around outside x

  4. February 14, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    Your bit about exercise made me laugh, that’s just what my kind of exercise looks like too!
    I’ve found that getting out for some fresh air really helps, even when that feels like the last thing you want to do. xx

    • February 19, 2017 / 6:31 pm

      Ha you should see it! Everyone who knows me thinks watching me run or exercise is hilarious … who needs enemies, eh??? lol xxx

  5. February 15, 2017 / 10:36 pm

    Cannot wait for warmer weather and lighter nights! YES! Fresh air is so important 🙂 I have been feeling down (a bit ill) the last few weeks so I have been getting out and about to help me – definitely works xx

    • February 19, 2017 / 6:28 pm

      It so does! I’ve failed with getting out this weekend, but will be on it tomorrow! x x

  6. February 15, 2017 / 11:34 pm

    I couldn’t agree more!! My big girls love getting out on their bikes and scooters and as a family we spend most of our free time outside (unless it’s raining hard) enjoying the fresh air. I must admit I am looking forward to it getting warmer though…

  7. February 17, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Hurray for getting outside and having a great time together making those fresh air goals. We have been doing the same. Love these photos. We just bought the kids new scooters to take for more walks come rain or shine. I have hibernated way too long this winter. Lovely beating the blues tips here babes #WRC

    • February 19, 2017 / 6:22 pm

      Scooters are great for walks with kids. Noah used to moan every time we had to walk anywhere, but he’s always happy when he has a scooter. Here’s to getting out come rain or shine! x

  8. February 17, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    I’m such a home bird. I shut myself indoors and practically hibernate all winter. I can’t wait for the lighter days to come and make me feel a bit more human again xx

    • February 19, 2017 / 6:21 pm

      I love being home during the winter too. We have had a day of hibernation today, but am determined to force myself out for a walk tomorrow. The kids are on half term here, so we don’t need to rush around x x

  9. February 24, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    I DEFINITELY get S.A.D! I blooming hate the winter!!! The lead up to Christmas is fab but January and February are most definitely NOT my favourites!! xx

  10. Not A Frumpy Mum
    February 26, 2017 / 11:46 am

    Great pics, and a great post. I always sulk about doing exercise but feel so much better when I’ve done something and whilst a big part of me wants to hibernate on the couch I do get in a better mood getting outside. I have to say though, I’m ready for Spring now! xx

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