February 07, 2022
The winter blues are a real thing. Experiencing sadness and fatigue when the days get shorter and colder is a common occurrence. Many people report difficulty concentrating and an interference with their sleep schedule as a result of the winter season. (A global pandemic doesn’t really help)
If you’re feeling this way, you’re not alone. And the good news is that making a few small life changes can help make the gloomy days a bit brighter!
We put together a few self care tips we think are worth incorporating into your daily routine.
1) Spend some time outside. Even if it’s brief.
If circumstances have you working from home, the sun might be going down by the time you log off your computer. Making time to breathe some fresh air and to soak up even just a small amount of Vitamin D will make a difference for your mental health. Try waking up a few minutes earlier to have a quick jaunt before your work day starts or slip out on your lunch break.
2) Try new eating and drinking habits.
Eating healthy will always be a good way to boost your mood- and trying new recipes and experimenting in the kitchen could prove to be an entertaining and inspiring hobby. TikTok is a great place to find healthy, innovative cooking techniques and flavour combinations you’ve never thought of! As for drinking, we recommend challenging yourself to do a dry month, week or even a few days. Cutting out booze is a really positive and healthy change- and crushing a goal will feel very rewarding. Crack a Libra!
3) Put the phone down.
Maybe you need a break from the news or maybe you need a break from the aimless scroll that comes with certain social media apps- either way, taking a phone break is really good for your brain. Try having less screen time before bed and reading a book instead. Studies show that limiting phone time before bed is an effective way to improve your sleep.
4) Move your body.
If you aren’t a fan of the cold, physical activity may not come as naturally during the frosty months. However, getting the blood pumping even a little bit daily will significantly boost your mood. Try starting slow, maybe with some stretching or beginner yoga. It’s going to feel so good when you get into the habit, it will be hard to stop!
5) Reach out to an old friend.
These are strange times for everyone and we’re all feeling a little lonely and isolated right now. Try catching up with someone you love. You’ll be happy you reached out and so will they.
At the end of the day, your mental health is the most important. We hope you’ll put self care at the top of your list this winter. Better, warmer days are right around the corner.
The Libra Team
May 17, 2023