5 Ways You Can Kill The Winter Blues

Jan 09, 2017 by Will Maule

In this cold, barren seasons of winter, we can all get a touch of the blues. No leaves on the trees, limited sunlight, and downpours of rain, just the weather can get you down! We are emotional beings, and seasonal dips in mood are often very common. But God can fill us with hope for the future as we head into 2017! Plus, there are some key things we can do to beat the winter blues. Jo Swinney at Christian Today gives us 5 great suggestions. 

1. Cosy up, snuggle down, hunker in.
"While the Danish word hygge might have taken the UK by storm in 2016, we are not new to the concept of cosiness. When bleak weather starts to translate to a bleak outlook, it can really help to light some candles, put on some of your favourite music, get the kettle on and find a comfy corner to settle in. I am massively blessed to have a wood-burner in the house. Fire seems to help me. If you don't have a fire, there are still lots of ways to play with lighting and keep warm. Ecclesiastes talks about seasons, the rhythm of life, the light and shade that gives texture to our time under the sun (3:1-6). The dark months we experience in the northern hemisphere can feel like a slog, but we can make the best of them."

2. Plan a holiday
"According to a study in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life the happiness caused by holidays is mostly to be found in the anticipation. So get out your Lonely Planet Guides and start dreaming. Whether you actually take this trip of a lifetime is beside the point. Put a bright spot on the horizon and head towards it."

3. Get out
"One of the best ways to beat winter blues is to get outside as often as possible. We need our vitamin D, we need the perspective a stride around an open space can give us, we need the endorphins that our bodies create when we exercise."

4. Make some comfort food
"One of the worst things about January for me is the post-Christmas austerity drive, financially speaking but worse, on the food front. I inevitably over-eat in December and then start the year eating in miserly fashion. This is not a helpful way to tackle winter blues. So how about this as an alternative? Let's resolve to eat hot, healthy, hearty, huge meals until spring comes?"

5. Exercise your gratitude muscles
"Grateful people are contented people. During times when there are fewer provocations for spontaneous gratitude are great opportunities to cultivate a habit of gratitude. We can choose to look for the ways God is present, providing for us, showing us glimpses of his glory, demonstrating his love for us, and when we see them, to respond with thanks. The New Testament writer Paul had a well-trained instinct for gratitude, and as a result he was able to say in all truthfulness, 'I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want' (Philippians 4:12)."

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