We’re nearing the beginning of heavy duty winter and I can feel every day getting shorter and shorter. Every sunset comes just a few minutes sooner than the one before and I cry just a little bit on the inside. Not only do I dread the short days, though, but the winter blues that can come along with them.
When you already struggle with anxiety and depression, winter can exacerbate those issues—at least for me. I’ve dealt mainly with anxiety, but cold temperatures, dark and dreary days, just do something to some people. The worst part is, the only thing you can do about it is wait for a sunny day to feel slightly invigorated or motivated again.
Here’s what I’m (trying) to do to prepare:
Taking advantage of any nice days
This is CRUCIAL. When the sun decides to come out for a little bit, even though it feels like it’s already setting the second it comes up, you have to take advantage. I’ll turn on some music in the house and pretend it’s summer and just make my to-do list my b*tch.
Getting into a routine
Ever since I started doing this freelance thing fulltime, I’ve struggled to get into a real routine. Of course, I had all these plans to do this and that and my life was going to be perfect—boy was I wrong. Now that I’m starting to really get into the swing of things, I’m hoping to nail down a little bit more of a consistent schedule, especially now that winter is looming.
Starting to work out again
Ugh, exercise. I have such a love-hate relationship with it. I really just wish I could be skinny and healthy without it, but such is life. I’m trying to get back into a routine (there’s that word again) with working out, but like everything else, it’s a struggle. I’ve always been an on and off exerciser, but I really need on in the winter more than ever (and not just because of the winter blues—hello holiday food).
Loading up on house plants
I’ve become so obsessed with plants. It’s probably the healthiest obsession I’ve had in a while. Unfortunately, I’m not super good at taking care of them, but I’m working on that. I just think having something in your house—especially if you work from home—that reminds you of sunny days and being in the outdoors can only be a good thing. If you’ve got a black thumb like me, don’t worry, I find fake plants still make me just as happy.