Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Winter Blues


I always feel like February is the month where I feel the lowest. There's a lot of downtime especially this year with the cold weather and it can cause us to feel uninspired and unmotivated to continually achieve the goals we have been setting for ourselves whether it's resolutions from the new year or general goals. 

I myself, have had some low days. There's only so much I can do in my studio apartment, and while I'm lucky to have the privilege of being able to work from home - there are still some days I feel stuck in a rut.

So although today the sun is shining in Chicago and I feel happy, I wanted to write this and let you know that on your low days, you're not alone! I have compiled a list of some things I've found helpful in my dark days to help me get through to the better ones. 

  • Drink water! When in doubt, fill your cup up.
  • Make your bed - this helps me feel like I'm starting the day on a productive note.
  • Do a face mask!
  • Take a hot shower - this always drastically improves my mood.
  • Clean out your closet - decluttering and donating clothes helps your community and having less stuff in my apartment helps me feel less stressed.
  • Take a break from your phone - pick up a book, give yourself a manicure, give yourself a break from screentime.
  • Get ready for the day - even if you're changing from nighttime pajamas to day pajamas - make a conscious effort to change your clothes - this helps with my mindset for starting the workday.
  • Call a friend or family member - whenever I talk to my mom, aunt or grandma I always feel better
  • Eat more veggies and fruits - I feel like making sure I'm eating a rainbow as much as I can improve my mood. Giving my body nutrients also helps with brain function, sleeping, and digestion.
  • Journal - I honestly wish I did this more but when I'm really in my head I like to open the Notes app on my phone and write it out! 
  • Move your body - if you're not comfortable going into a gym right now this could be walking up and down your driveway, doing some squats and lifting weights, or even a dance party! My mom and I turn out music and jam when we're trying to get our steps in. 
  • Clean - sometimes I put this off but Swiffering your floors, vacuuming, dusting are all active ways to improve your space. So you're moving your body and you'll feel accomplished after. Plus, the more you do it, the less time it takes! 
  • Bake! I am trying to do this more because I've really been craving blueberry muffins. 

Although you can't make every day perfect, you can find some perfect parts of your day. Even taking 15 minutes to do one of the things on the list or turning on your favorite show can be your you time! You just have to intentional about it. When I start doing my hair and makeup or I start cooking one of my favorite meals, I remind myself that this is a part of the day I can control and I'm consciously making this time for myself in my day.

Please remember you're never alone! You have a support system that is always there for you. We're going to get through it. 

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