As a blogger there is often a lot of pressure to constantly seem fun and interesting. Even if all you want to do is sit at home and watch Netflix you feel like you need to go out and you need to do something fun so you can post about it. Boston winters are long, cold, and really depressing. I love photographing a fresh snowfall but that’s one snapshot and it doesn’t capture how grey and dreary winter can be. By mid-February I start to feel really depressed, I feel fatigued and I lose motivation and inspiration.
The past week I have been dealing with some family things that have kept me offline. Taking a week off from posting taught me two things. First I genuinely enjoy blogging. I love sharing posts, taking photos, going and trying new things! But the second thing I learned was it is okay to take a break. The world did not end because I did not post, I was able to step back, take a breath, and focus on my family. The next couple weeks are definitely going to be tough, there is still a lot going on and the weather looks really crappy but I am hoping to be back on a normal schedule again.
A few things I like to do when I am feeling a little crappy, whether it be family issues or the weather these tips can definitely help break you out of the February Slump!
I love curling up with a cup of tea! Whether you like tea or coffee or hot cocoa curling up with a warm cuppa something can sometimes be just the trick! Put on your fuzzing socks and spend the day relaxing inside.
2. Go For A Walk
I know its cold but fresh air truly is the best cure! So bundle up put on some layers and go for a walk. If there is a day where the sun peaks out get out there, just spending ten minutes outside can make you feel so much better.
3. A Good Book (or a Good Binge)
Read a new book, its cold you don’t want to go outside I get it! So find a good book and spend the day inside reading. If you can’t find a book find a show. Finding a great show on Netflix or Hulu that you can binge all day long is one of my favorite ways to spend a lazy Sunday.
4. Vitamin D is Key!
Seasonal Depression is very real and sometimes you need a little help! We get so little sunlight during the winter so it is very easy to become Vitamin D deficient. I take a daily vitamin D supplement, consult your doctor but I definitely think taking this daily supplement helps me through the winter.
5. Phone a Friend
Making plans with friends give us things to look forward to. I have a standing weekly date with my best friend Maddie. I also plan afterwork drinks with friends and co-workers. It gets expensive to go out too much so I try to restrict these night outs to 1 or 2 nights a week. But even just 1 night out with a friend can make you feel a whole lot better!
What tips and tricks do you have for getting through the winter? Let me know in the comments below!