We’re well and truly into the cold season, leaves have fallen and almost degraded into nothingness and the trees hang bare with the creaking of branches to be heard all around, the dreaded winter has come. At least, that’s the mindset of most of the people I encounter, in fact, it comes at no surprise that limited sunlight affects our ability to function, making misery inevitable everywhere.
Though we can’t change the weather, or even the season to be exact, we can choose how we perceive the changes happening around us.
Unfortunately, we can’t hibernate (though I’m sure all of us wish to spend the days in warmth), just because life doesn’t work that way, but there are things you can do to make the next new months easier on your soul.
YOUR MINDSET CONTROLS YOUR BEHAVIOUR
One of the most important things is to understand that despite the changes in your physical surroundings, only you can decide what mindset to take, negative mindsets are draining, they make us feel awful inside and can even affect the people around us. Of course, the world seems to lack life in winter, animals have hibernated after storing food, plants have slowly died, but that’s no reason for us to stop living. Think of winter not as a month of disparity but a chance to renew your spirit for the spring and summer months, a time to kick-start new habits, or adopt a new life mindset.
Ultimately there’s no limit to what can be experienced.
STOCK UP ON WINTER ESSENTIALS
This one seems like a no-brainer, but the amount people I know who, (like myself) are a little frugal when it comes to spending (broke student life, what can I say?) but there’s no better time to stock upon essentials, from candles, to fuzzy socks, woolen scarves and more, coming from someone who lives in these winter months for most of the 12 months. They can be the thing that turns the frown upside down when things just aren’t going your way.
SPEND MORE TIME WITH THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE
It’s incredibly tempting in winter to stay indoors all the time, cling onto the TV or Netflix and just hibernate your days away, except this can leave you feeling crummy inside. To prevent the self-isolation, book time to spend with friends, if you’re like me and are studying/working or even doing both, it can be hard to control where you spend your time, so far I’ve been meeting friends for lunch even if it’s just a 30 minute break from living in my own head, the experience goes a long way and I’ve got more memories with the people I love. You could plan family trips and see if any local events are happening that you fancy going to with a partner, or group of friends.
INVEST IN YOURSELF
Though this sounds like a reiteration of the previous points, I can assure you it’s not, one thing that has proved invaluable in winter months, especially for me (living life as a highly sensitive person), is to go to therapy. I know, this is a huge step up from buying candles and I wonder how combining the two into a single post works but if you are having trouble and the winter isn’t making life easier, consult professionals in your area. If you’re part of an academic institution, then it may be worth checking out health and well-being services.
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