So winter is here and so are the winter blues, I suffer from this really badly sometimes as do a lot of people so I thought I would share with you how I cope and handle those days when you just don’t feel like doing anything.
- Get dressed. I know it sounds dumb but you got dressed, you aren’t sat in the same PJs you’ve been wearing for a week straight.
- Recognise your achievements. Today I told someone I did nothing but then I realised that I went shopping, read a book and wrote 2 blog posts so I did do stuff, it may not have been a lot of stuff but I still did it and I am proud that I did.
- Make sure you are practising basic hygiene. Again sounds obvious but it’s really easy to miss out so make sure you wash off last night’s makeup, use a nice lil face mask and wash your hair. You will so much better.
- Organise what you need for the next day, you will feel so much better the next day when you aren’t rushing around.
- E A T. and I mean a meal with substance, not a snack. It will give you the energy you need, a car needs petrol to function and you need food to function.
- Go outside. Even if it’s just to the local shop, the daylight hours are getting shorter and many doctors say this contributes to SAD (seasonal affective depression) so go outside and get some of that sweet sweet vit D whilst it lasts.
Sometimes you don’t even realise that you are feeling this low until it’s pointed out to you, I had no idea how bad I was until a therapist at my university said: “what you are describing is depression.” I really just thought I was a bit overstressed and it was getting to me.
If you are feeling this way please know that it won’t last forever, it’s ok to feel to not be ok all the time. Nobody feels 100% happy all day every day and sometimes you just have to spend a day crying it out. You are loved. Reach out to people and tell them how you are feeling because they will help, you can’t always do it on your own and again that’s fine. The winter blues have been kicking my arse the last few weeks but I have made sure to tell the people close to me so that they are aware of what’s going on, this is one of the best things you can do because then you have a support system and those people can help you get through the rabbit hole and come out the other side! You are not a burden to anyone and you are so so loved. Always remember that you are not alone.
This will be my last post until the new year so have a very merry Christmas and a happy new year. I hope 2019 becomes the best year of your life!