While working or staying in the home can be lonely during the spring/summer months, there is more opportunity to get out and about. Whether you go to the park with the kids or just to your local coffee shop for a cooling drink and good company. But when the skies start to darken, and the weather turns cold, we become more reluctant to leave the warmth of our homes and venture outdoors. This can quickly turn into a mood-ruining experience, with many individuals complaining about the winter months cutting them off and leading to winter blues. Here are some tips to help you beat the winter blues as a stay at home worker or parent.
Join a Common Interest Group
Whether you are a keen blogger looking to speak to others within your niche or the online blogging community as a whole or a hobby crafter looking for ideas and inspiration for your festive projects. Common interest groups are available to join across various social media platforms. From Facebook to LinkedIn, or by using hashtags across Twitter and Instagram. Joining these groups can connect you with like-minded individuals across your local area, country or even worldwide. It’s the perfect place to share ideas, make friendships or even swap hardships you’ve experienced learning and mastering your craft. Some groups even like to arrange meet-ups, which is the perfect way to find new contacts and reach out to potential new friends.
Arrange Your Own Get-Together
Getting together can be difficult, especially as our lives become busier with careers, families and personal interests but getting together with friends and families is a great way to light up the darker months and help you through a quiet winter. There are plenty of options for getting together, whether you choose to go for a meal, head to a theme park or even choose to meet up in a central location, like booking your own conference room or venue in Derbyshire or Nottingham, which are both ideally located for people coming from all corners of the country. Make sure to put the feelers out on availability well in advance, particularly for those that may need to travel some distance and where necessary, put together a guide on the local area and potential hotels, accommodation or activities that are available for those coming from well-out-town.
Change Up Your Environment
During the cold, dark winter, our body craves sunlight. An ongoing lack of sunlight can actually be detrimental to our mental health. Open up your curtains with daybreak and reposition furniture to allow rooms to soak up the maximum amount of sunlight during the day, closing your curtains when the sun starts to set. Not only does this help warm up your home with natural light (trapping the warmth in your home at sunset) but flooding your home with natural light is the best way to combat negative feelings during winter days. If the weather is causing a lack of sunlight in your area, invest in a lightbox, studies have shown that by sitting by a lightbox for as little as half an hour a day can reduce the chance of winter blues.
Reach Out to Those in Need
Many people suffer during the winter months. Whether they have been separated from their family or have found themselves isolated in recent years, both the young and old can be affected. Volunteering is a fantastic way to give yourself a boost during the colder season. And it can help you connect with others including other volunteers and those less fortunate. Helping others can have a positive effect on both our mental health and our overall well-being, helping us feel more satisfied with life while showing those in need, a loving, helping hand to get them back on their feet.
While the weather is still offering us a few warm days here and there, the night temperatures are already dropping, and you may find yourself firmly in the winter seasons before long. Make sure you are prepared and plan ahead to prevent winter blues for both yourself and your beloved friends and family. Finally, don’t forget to reach out to those who are quieter at this time of year. As you are never sure who is unknowingly isolating themselves and may require a kind soul to remind them of their own value.