How To Pull Through The Winter Blues
Updated: Jan 10, 2019
Lately, I've been stuck in a bit of a rut, both personally and creatively. I haven't published a blog post since November and I'm admittedly entering my quarter-life crisis prematurely (my birthday isn't until March). Even though I have a lot to be joyful about, I can't deny that each year I seem to fall victim to the Winter Blues.
My friend and I had a conversation the other night where we agreed we were both suffering from some form of inexplicable sadness which I coined the Winter Blues. For me, it was the overwhelming pressure of the holidays (buying gifts, coordinating travel plans, tracking expenses) combined with the pressure of everyday life (work, saving money, making career moves, tending to relationships, etc.). My friend on the other hand was running into some money troubles and dating woes exasperated further by the emergence of cuffing season.
I know I'm not the only one who feels sluggish and sad during "the most wonderful time of the year," so I'm sharing some personal tidbits on how to get through your winter blues.
Mellow out to some soulful festive music
It's an undeniable fact that Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Xmas Is You" is a classic...the first time you play it...but after it's third or tenth play it gets a tad redundant. You'll no doubt be hearing the same sappy holiday playlist at every department store and holiday function so better to opt for more lax yet festive alternatives. I absolutely adore the Charlie Brown Christmas Album. I like to light a candle and put this dazzling little album on repeat to unwind with the sweet jazz sound. Another great playlist I recently discovered is 24/7 Christmas Lofi & Chillhop Radio on YouTube. I'm a huge fan of lofi music which I play when I write or do mindful activities.
Gather your closest Grinch pals
You know what they say, misery loves company. There's nothing better than sulking through the holiday season with close ones who just get your grinch-like tendencies. Plan a potluck or throw an anti-holiday holiday party with your closest grinch pals. Remember, you're not the only one who feels especially sensitive or alone during the holidays so don't be afraid to reach out to others.
Feast on all the festive foods
Much like Fall, the holiday season is known for its quirky seasonal delights like peppermint mocha and egg nog, to name a few. Everybody knows calories don't count during the holidays so what's really stopping you from going HAM on these limited-time-only treats? I'm not much of a sweets person except when it comes to seasonal drinks, which are my sweet sweet kryptonite. I'm currently obsessed with Coffee Bean's lineup of holiday drinks below.
Peppermint Mocha Latte/Hot Cocoa
Cold Brew Peppermint Vanilla Latte (fav caffeine fix)
Cookie Butter Latte
Sometimes the best way to your own heart is through your stomach so treat yourself!
Celebrate your singlehood
It's easy to feel lonely during the wintertime seeing as there's romance woven into every fiber of the season. But I'd argue there's a lot of fun to be had if you're single during the holidays. Sure, it sucks not having a boo to gaze at the twinkly lights and do cheerful crap with, but those activities are just as fun with a best friend. Just because it's cold out doesn't mean you need to go find warmth in another human, that's what blankets are for...and New Year's Eve parties. So if you find yourself single during this season rejoice in the fact that you have no one but yourself to attend to. Pull a Kranks move and buy yourself a ticket to that far away place for the holidays with your single friends.
Take a step back
In all seriousness, the winter can be a sensitive time for people struggling with personal issues such as loss and mental health battles. It's easy to get caught up in the superficial nature of the season—what, with all the pressure to buy, consume, and be present for others. But it's important to be honest with yourself and others when the holiday stress gets too overwhelming. It's okay to kindly decline an invite or be transparent about your financial struggles, people will respect your boundaries. Remember that those who matter don't mind and those who mind don't matter.