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.
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2. Plan a holiday
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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
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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