Winter Doldrums: Coping with the Grey Season

Jan 20, 2024

With the holiday season now over and the cold weather settling in, it's easy to fall into the winter doldrums. The lack of sunlight and dreary days can leave us feeling unmotivated, tired, and overall down. But, do you love or hate winter? This is a question that many of us ask ourselves during this time of year.

For some, the winter season brings feelings of joy and coziness, with hot chocolates by the fireplace and picturesque snow-covered landscapes. However, for others, it can be a challenging time to get through, marked by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) or simply feeling the effects of cabin fever. So, how can we keep our moods up during this grey season?

Firstly, it's important to acknowledge the emotions that surround this season. It's okay to not love winter and to feel less productive during this time. It's a natural response to the lack of sunlight and colder temperatures. By acknowledging our feelings and not trying to force ourselves to be cheery, we can better understand our needs and find ways to cope.

One way to combat the winter doldrums is by getting enough vitamin D. When our body is deprived of sunlight, we produce less vitamin D, which can affect our mood and energy levels. So, make sure to take your daily vitamin D supplements or, if possible, get some natural sunlight exposure every day.

Another way to keep our spirits lifted is by finding activities that bring us joy. Whether it's reading a good book, watching a funny movie, or engaging in a winter sport, finding things that make us happy can help beat the winter blues. And, if going out in the cold isn't your thing, there are plenty of indoor activities to enjoy, such as cooking, painting, or even doing a mini home spa day.

But, one thing that has helped me personally in coping with the winter doldrums is by embracing my inner "gnomie not made for winter" and wearing my winter-themed tee (which you can get here: SHOP LINK) This may seem silly, but it always puts a smile on my face and reminds me to not take the winter season too seriously. It's all about finding those little moments of joy and lightness in the grey days.

So, do you have any tips for coping with the winter doldrums? How do you get through this season? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts with me. Remember, we're all in this together, and by sharing our experiences, we can support and uplift each other. I’ll be doing a little deeper dive into SAD in an upcoming post, including supplements that may help.

In the end, it's important to remember that winter will eventually pass, and spring will bloom. But until then, let's make the best of it and find ways to beat the seasonal affective disorder. Whether it's through self-care, finding joy in small things, or simply acknowledging our feelings, let's make the most of these winter doldrums and come out even stronger on the other side. And, don't forget to get your "Gnomie Not Made for Winter" tee to add some extra cheer to your winter wardrobe! 😉


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