Updated: Jan 19
It is so easy to feel the winter blues this time of year, and this current climate of the pandemic certainly doesn't help. Shifting to a more positive outlook can get us through these times, and sometimes we just have to make a conscious effort to get out of that negative funk. I get this way too sometimes, especially this time of year when I am missing my kids, who are out leading busy lives, and my friends because of the pandemic. I really have to find ways to change my outlook if I am having a bad day, or just to feel better mentally and physically. Even if it's -30 degrees outside, or if I have 100,000 things to do, I have to kick myself in the butt to go for that walk or play in the snow with my Bear (our dog). It's amazing how just changing your scenery or a 10-minute lick fest from your dog can change your perspective. The same holds true for your 4 walls, staying uplifted mentally can be supported by your surroundings in your home. Let's explore some helpful tips we find most helpful.
1). Avoid Engaging.
While we can’t control the actions of others, we can control our own reactions. When you are presented with negativity or even hatred, take a deep breath and focus on everything great you are doing, and let go of the things that are beyond your control. This will help you be your best for what is to come.
2). Be With Your Squad.
You know your squad, they have your back 24/7- the ones that lift you up. Maybe it's your family, your best friend or a group of friends. If you have encountered negativity, or just need some positive uplifting, get out the wine, let everything that has weighting on your mind out, and leave it in the past. They got you girlfriend! Everyone needs a support system.
3). Food & Exercise.
Keeping active with a good diet is key to mental and physical wellness, especially during the cold months of winter. We created a home gym in our unfinished basement so we could easily pop down and get even a 10-minute workout in during our very busy schedules. Daily activity along with a diet consisting of less high-calorie foods and more leafy green options, plus as much water as you can consume in a day, will keep your energy and spirits up.
Everyone is going through something. It could a frustrating day at work, the emotions of raising kids, or difficult times with a loss. Smile at people, even under your mask. The power of a smile can change how someone feels and how you feel, even if it's just for a moment.
5). Clean and Organize.
If it's blistering cold outside, taking the time to clean up those closets and donating unwanted items during these winter months can be very beneficial to how you live in your space and a more positive daily routine. They say a cluttered space is a cluttered mind, and I somewhat agree with this. Another good activity during these winter months is deep cleaning your house from walls to floors. Not only will give it a fresh clean overhaul but will also provide a sense of accomplishment.
6). Brighten Up.
When looking to brighten your space, painting the walls a lighter color can achieve a new fresh space for you. It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do. If your furniture is dark, a quick and affordable way to give it a more crisp look is to invest in some white slipcovers, or add white throw blankets or pillows. Also, think about your room layout. Once you have painted the space with that new coat of paint, take away any furniture that is not needed. Maybe re-arrange the room? The results will yield a much more serene space that feels wonderful just being in it.
Bringing the outdoors in with plants can add life to any space, which is much needed during these winter months. Did you know that a simple house plant in your home office or home, can boost mood, productivity, concentration, and creativity? Well, it sure does! They clean the indoor air by absorbing toxins, increasing humidity, and producing oxygen, plus - they are therapeutic to care for. If you don't have a green thumb, I have included a link for some plants that are so easy to care for.
This is the time of year that I must have fresh flowers in my home. A bundle adds a pop of color and life to dark and dull spaces, plus brings a fresh look and scent to your kitchen, living room, or office. My go-to flowers are usually hydrangeas and tulips, which both can be found at your local florist or some grocery stores.
As we move through these winter months, and this pandemic, I hope you can take away some of these tried and true suggestions, to feel content within yourself and your space around you, over these next couple of months.