Book a holiday, and other tips for beating the winter blues
Winter is a wonderful season; it brings snow, Christmas, New Year and a host of other opportunities for you to spend time with your family. But, while winter can be great fun, it can also sometimes give you a case of the blues, especially if you’re yearning for warmer weather and longer days. With winter ending on March 20th, here are our top tips for beating those pesky winter blues in time for spring.
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Book a holiday
In the depths of winter, summer can seem so far away, but booking a holiday for later in the year is not just great for your bank balance, it can also really improve your general mood.
Having a goal, such as jetting off on an all-inclusive beach break in the sun or a romantic weekend in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, can do absolute wonders for your happiness. When you know you have a goal to reach in the coming months, it can make everything worthwhile, even the wind, rain and the snow – just think of the sunshine!
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Start a new hobby
Having a hobby isn’t just a wonderful way to pass the time, but also a great way to keep your fingers (and mind) off the chilly weather outside.
Popular indoor hobbies include crafts, such as sewing, knitting, beading and painting, but lots of people find things such as gardening and cooking highly rewarding. If you’re not the crafty type, then consider learning a new language, perhaps the language of the country that you could be travelling to later in the year? Learning a few basic phrases can be really helpful when you’re abroad, especially if you’ve never been to the country before.
All of these hobbies help you to be a little more creative, kick start your imagination and help you meet new people.
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Get fit, stay fit
Let’s be honest, when the days are cold and dark, the prospect of exercise and keeping fit is often very far from our minds. But exercise doesn’t just help keep your body fit and healthy, it also does wonders for our moods as regular exercise releases lots of feel good hormones that help keep us happy.
If you are already in great shape, stick to your goals! If you’re looking to rapidly improve your fitness level, endeavour to actually commit to a new regime that has been carefully put together. Overhaul your diet, drink plenty of water and find a workout that pushes you.
If you’re more of a couch potato than a gym bunny, then don’t worry, start your new exercise regime slowly by taking longer walks, joining a local fitness group and cutting down on fatty foods. You will feel the benefits within weeks as your body and mind adjust to the changes in your regime and in turn give you a better outlook.
It is possible to beat the winter blues, all you have to do is something for you!