December is my least favorite month of the year. I always feel sad and depressed despite the good events that happen to me. I don’t want to attend events or socialize. I only want to stay at home, eat chocolate and watch happy movies. But I always try to fight with it. Lately, I realized that some of the things I tried, really help me. I feel so much better.
SHOW UP & DO SOMETHING
I realized I don’t have time to be sorry for myself when I am busy with favorite activities. So, even though I lost motivation working on my blog or creating new projects with musicians, I am slowly working on it. For a long time, I didn’t like how my blog looks like and changed the themes very often. It actually helped. While noticing what I don’t like, I discovered what do I like and finally start liking the appearance of my blog. Reading other blogs and magazines as well as talking to many people I realized what I would like to write about it. I am gaining motivation again. I also made myself to attend events, check new artists and bands. Soon I am hoping to introduce you couple new projects with extremely talented artists.
By forcing myself to do the certain things I regained the motivation and started to achieve success again. Most important is to do something, to show up for success. Woody Allen once said that 80 percent of success is showing up and he was right.
BE SOCIAL & MEET PEOPLE
When the weather is cold and I am feeling sad, I always find excuses to stay at home instead of attending events and meeting people. However, I managed to go to the event where I didn’t know a single person. I ended up meeting many interesting people and having a lot of fun. A few days later, I’ve met some friends for dinner and had another evening full of laughter, music, and fun. I definitely didn’t have time to feel sorry for myself and deal with those winter blues.
If you don’t have time to go out, just simply call someone and have a little chat even if it is only your mother. Trust me, it helps.
EAT DELICIOUSLY & HEALTHY
Let’s be honest – food helps to deal with depression. A piece of chocolate or cup of tea could brighten your day. However, be careful and don’t overdo. Chocolate has a lot of calories. Caffeinated coffee and tea can be dehydrating and soda with caffeine spikes insulin levels and drops blood sugar levels that can cost a sense of fatigue that it is not very helpful for your winter blues. Forget about the fast food too.
In the meantime, complex carbs increase levels of serotonin in the brain instead of causing spikes in blood sugar that can create roller-coaster moods. So try to eat food like spinach, broccoli, beans, whole grains and more. Don’t forget to add vitamin D supplement to your diet. It produces improvements in a mood too.
BUY NEW CLOTHES
Someones once said that shopping is cheaper than the therapy. And I couldn’t agree more. Looking beautiful makes me feel so much better. Even one item can change your wardrobe and the winter mood. The other alternative could be giving yourself a beauty treatment like changing a hairstyle or enjoying a massage.
LISTEN TO THE POWERFUL MUSIC
As some of you know I am crazy about the music. All kind of music. And I often listen to the music when I feel sad or happy or when I am visualizing something. And I have to admit music often helps to feel better. I have a playlist on Spotify that helps when I have to increase my self-confidence and to achieve something. Researchers agree with the music power to the brains. According to them listening to music can create peak emotions, which increase the amount of dopamine that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers.
I hope these tricks will help you. If you have other ways to take your winter blues away, please share in the comments.
WORDS: Dovile Mal
IMAGES: Andrea Boldizsar