It's snowing again this morning. While the snow is beautiful, I'm ready for spring sunshine instead of gray skies and so is Steve. Winter blues have been having a definite effect at our house. I just want to curl up beside the fireplace with a good book and cup of coffee and stay there until spring.
And so that's what I do.
Then guilt sets in. I should be doing something not just wasting all this time. And that make the blues bluer.
Scientists say that unless you have SAD (seasonal affect disorder) the weather has little to no impact on moods and behavior. While that may be true, many of us combat winter blues at some point during the season.
There are a few simple answers to overcoming the winter blues.
- Do nothing and release the guilt. Accept how you are feeling and go ahead and curl up with that book and coffee. Winter will soon be over, spring and it's sunshine are right around the corner. The season will change and tomorrow will be brighter.
- Eat good stuff that is good for you. When I have the blues, I want to nibble on quick and easy comfort foods. These foods make a person feel sluggish and the sudden spikes in blood sugar can play havoc with our already out of whack moods. So instead of those chips, pizza and cookies, throw something nutritious in to the crock pot.
- Do something fun. Any exercise is good and increases neurotransmitters that help energize the brain. Do something you love. Bundle up and take a walk if you can. Meet a friend for coffee. Start spring cleaning early. Do anything that will get your juice's flowing for the day.
- Guard your mind. Colossians 3:2 in the Passion Translation says "feast on all the treasure of the heavenly realm and fill your thought with heavenly realities, and not with the distractions of the natural realm." The weather is a distraction of the natural realm. Focus on the good things about the season and not how bad the weather is and how it is making you blue. This is also a great time to plan your spring bucket list. Write down all the things you want to do this spring and summer.
- Dance, sing and praise the Lord. The absolute best way to overcome the winter blues is to put on some praise music. Spend 15 minutes in the morning dancing, singing and praising the Lord. Create a playlist of your favorite songs that get your feet moving and makes you want to shout to the Lord. Take a time out whenever you start to feel blue and play a couple of those songs. I guarantee it this will chase those blues away.
Here are a couple of my favorites to get you started.
As winter gives way to spring, let the Lord wrap you in His presence, and you will hear Him say:
What ways do you have to combat the winter blues? Do you have a favorite "get you moving song" that helps defeat the winter doldrums? Leave a comment and share your tips.