Winter Blues: What to Do
What are the Winter Blues?
Many people experience lower energy and mood during the winter season. This is often called the Winter Blues.
Is there anything we can do about it?
The key is to stay engaged with activities, hobbies, and loved ones through the cold months.
Although it can be very tempting to cancel plans or just not plan to do anything in the first place, resist this urge when you can. Seek out activities that engage your body, mind, or spirit. Regular (ex: daily, weekly) or scheduled activities can help you stay committed.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Join or follow along with a book club
You can do this online or make your own book club with friends!
- Schedule indulgent self-care
For example, enjoy a hot bath and put on some music every Wednesday.
- Take a class or visit a virtual museum
Lots of free classes are available on Youtube.com and other sites.
Willowstone’s parenting workshops are currently available virtually as well—register on our website!
- Pick up an old hobby
Consider joining an online or local interest group related to your hobby.
Note: The Winter Blues should not be confused with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Though both occur in the winter, Seasonal Affective Disorder is more severe and has the markers of a depressive episode. Reach out to a mental health professional if you are concerned.