100 Powerful Ways To Overcome The Winter Blues (When travel cannot be one of them)

For many people, the middle of winter is a time to travel, to get out of the cold and somewhere warm and sunny. This year that doesn’t look entirely possible with this pandemic. Whenever I could not travel, the following list of items helped me out of the winter blues, especially washing my face! This little action sets me up for my day. I definitely feel great about myself and what I can achieve (even if I’m staying home) when the face I have to look at in the mirror is clean. (duh!) ๐Ÿ˜„

  1. Wake up early in the winter to get more daylight in your day.
  2. Go to bed early as well. Sufficient sleep is so important for mental health.
  3. Wash your face morning and night! Follow with a skincare routine. Every day, no joke!
  4. Make your bed every day too!
  5. Exercise at the very least 15 minutes a day. Forgive yourself if you don’t, but stick to your commitments.
  6. Clean your home and workspace.
  7. Donate to your local or favorite charity.
  8. Start a savings account (for future traveling, maybe? โœˆ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜‰)
  9. Volunteer for local organizations with mission statements that you agree with. Or a local food co-op.
  10. Volunteer at your local animal shelter or animal hospital (who wouldn’t want to spend the day with puppies and kitties?)
  11. Take a bath with Epsom salt and lots of bubbles, and eat an orange in the bath. Do this once a month or once a week. The orange, with its vitamin C, in the bath, relaxes me so much! Plus! In times like these, who wouldn’t want an extra boost of vitamin C?
  12. Listen to music, close your eyes, and focus on your breathing.
  13. Watch TV or a movie(s). Like re-runs or a trilogy!
  14. Work on a project that takes thought and concentration.
  15. Check out and “veg” out. Sometimes it’s necessary to check-in to a nothing box in your mind.
  16. Get outside when it’s snowing!
  17. Go for a walk or a hike. Make sure to bundle up!
  18. Explore a winter wonderland in nature or your city.
  19. Storm-watch when permissible.
  20. Meditate in the morning when you wake up or before bed.
  21. Pray. Allowing yourself to hope, whether through prayer or daydreaming, is freeing.
  22. Dance! Dance! Dance! And then dance some more!
  23. Practice a choreographed dance routine that you like until you actually nail it!
  24. Cook your favorite meals.
  25. Bake savory or sweet treats.
  26. Give yourself a mani and pedi.
  27. Try out some homemade or purchased face and hair masks.
  28. Recharge your eyes with an eye mask, tea bags, or cucumber slices.
  29. Go shopping! (Keep distant and wear your mask over your nose too! ๐Ÿ˜˜)
  30. Spend time grooming unwanted hair or shape your eyebrows (if you’re anything like me, eyebrow and facial hairs grow crazy fast… thank you, hairy parents, lol ๐Ÿ˜‚. When I don’t keep up with it, I can feel pretty low about myself).
  31. Do some yoga or pilates. Even if it’s for 10-15 minutes, any time spent stretching will help groove you out of a funk.
  32. Take a nap. I mean, why not?
  33. Sit out in the sun (with sunscreen!) if possible. The sunlight is so recharging!
  34. Explore your hometown as if you’re visiting for the first time.
  35. Go out to lunch with a friend or a relative (that is part of your COVID-pod).
  36. Call up an old pal.
  37. Send a letter, a note, or a homemade card to someone you’ve been thinking about.
  38. Help someone you know in need. When we help others, we’re able to get out of our own heads.
  39. Read a book- especially an uplifting one, one to educate, or one to inspire travel.
  40. If you haven’t tried kickboxing, it is so empowering!
  41. Likewise, try out any martial arts! Karate is one of my favorite martial arts. I definitely felt more confident in my strength and ability to protect myself after two classes!
  42. Watch documentaries, especially ones like Planet Earth.
  43. Go running. Bundle up, but not too heavy, and go sweat! ๐Ÿ˜Š
  44. Go skiing or snowboarding.
  45. Do you like to color? Coloring in coloring books can be so therapeutic!
  46. Or do you have the talent to draw or paint? Art is always an amazing outlet!
  47. Punch a pillow when you can’t take it anymore! We are animals, and it’s totally natural to feel primal aggressive feelings- it is NOT ok to act on them towards anyone human or animal (or anyone’s possessions). Still, if you are punching a pillow or a punching bag, that’s ok! Sometimes we need to let that aggression out in a healthy way!!! (cue “Eye of the Tiger”๐ŸŽถ๐ŸŽต)
  48. Journal in the morning if your thoughts race then, or at night to dump your thoughts out before bed.
  49. Write fiction or non-fiction stories. Share them with people you love!
  50. Go to the beach (yes, in the middle of winter- gear up and look at the ocean!)
  51. Pamper your pet! They feel when you feel blue, too. ๐Ÿ’™
  52. Sing at the top of your lungs!
  53. Make a gift for someone.
  54. Learn how to play a musical instrument or a new one for you.
  55. Whichever way you are musically inclined, learn how to cover your favorite song(s) and show off your skills! (I’m not musically inclined in anything, but I will horribly sing my favorite songs in the shower.)
  56. ๐Ÿงถ Knit, crochet, or craft, but try to keep those hands busy!
  57. Try new hairstyles, hair colors, or cuts.
  58. Play with makeup looks.
  59. Play with your perfumes, see which ones combine well. (Marc Jacobs Daisy, meet Burberry Brit Sheer. The two of you will make lovely fragrant babies.๐Ÿง)
  60. Go out and explore other perfume scents. Try to find your signature scent if you don’t have one.
  61. Plan! Anything, your day, your week, your meals. Planning something is so helpful, but be open to flexibility if your plans go south.
  62. Complete something you’ve been putting off.
  63. Go bowling! Some bowling alleys are open and are going above and beyond to keep visitors safe. ๐ŸŽณ
  64. Re-purpose old clothes: Either cut pants into shorts, sow torn clothes, bleach-splatter faded t-shirts or use old t-shirts as rags or re-usable paper-towels.
  65. Re-purpose old jewelry. Get creative!
  66. Make a photo-collage.
  67. Organize your home from top to bottom. I recommend the Marie Kondo Method.
  68. Make a weekly schedule of self-care tasks and home-chores, and keep up with it diligently! ๐Ÿ“ˆ
  69. Clean and polish your shoes, silverware, jewelry, etc.
  70. Write fan-fiction to your favorite books or tv shows.
  71. Register for a class online.
  72. Teach a class online (if you have the credentials).
  73. Heavily clean or upgrade over-used home appliances if needed (like vacuums, coffee pots, toaster oven, etc.).
  74. Research skincare products that would best fit your skin type and concerns.
  75. Make a list of skincare products, hair products, and/or make-up products you would like to try. ๐Ÿ’‹
  76. Explore Black-owned or Latinx-owned businesses in your area that you can begin supporting today (if you haven’t already!).
  77. Explore and support your local businesses.
  78. Stay diligent in drinking sufficient water. It would be best to drink half of your body weight in ounces of water a day. ๐Ÿ’ฆ
  79. Stay diligent in eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Don’t skip a meal! If you’re not that hungry, at least snack on a little something. The gut is a major instigator of low moods.
  80. Explore healthy alternatives to your favorite meals. ๐Ÿฅ‘
  81. Listen to podcasts.
  82. Fall down a Youtube video rabbit hole. (I like to watch music videos.)
  83. Spend time with yourself to get to know yourself as you would with a new friend.
  84. Take online surveys or questionnaires. Buzzfeed quizzes are the best distractions!
  85. Start a group-chat with your biggest hype friends. Ask them to hype you up, and do the same for them! ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’“
  86. Pick up a new hobby you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t.
  87. Learn a new language. This could be useful if you plan to travel soon. ๐ŸŒ
  88. Look into starting your own business (if you’ve been thinking about it, do the research you’ll need to do for it.)
  89. Start a blog or a vlog or a podcast.
  90. Get a new tattoo or your first tattoo (if you want to) or a piercing.
  91. Go out for coffee.
  92. Take yourself out on a date. Dinner and all! You better pull your chair out for yourself and hold that door open too! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜˜
  93. Wash your car and clean the inside.
  94. Make a playlist for your soon-to-come summer fun!
  95. Explore a museum, make sure to check out their safety updates.
  96. Write down positive affirmations on sticky notes and leave them in places only you will find them.
  97. Go for a drive. Make sure you have enough gas, grab some snacks, a drink, and turn up your music. ๐Ÿš™๐Ÿ’จ
  98. Read books, articles, or listen to podcasts about finances and how to make your money work for you.
  99. Drink some tea while cuddled up on the couch in the moonlight.
  100. Last but not least, learn some magic, whether card tricks, illusionism, or simply learning how to charm the pants off people- learn to create some magic in your life! ๐Ÿ”ฎโœจ

Happiness is created from within.

I am not a licensed therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist. I speak solely on my own experiences with anxiety, depression, and the seasonal blues. I am aware that the winter blues can easily slip into a dark depression as mine had in the past. If this has happened to you, please know that you are not alone. This happens more often than statistics show. Please, be kind to yourself, and seek medical attention from a professional if the winter blues are more than just winter blues. How do you know? If doing at minimum three of these things listed above does not improve your state of mind the least bit, please seek additional help and understanding. More importantly, you are loved, so be good to yourself! โค๏ธ

What numbers are you excited to try? What numbers have you done and would recommend? Let’s chat below! Leave a comment!

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