We are heading into winter, the time when everyone seems to slow down to rest. It is time for blankets and fires and hot cocoa and it all sounds very cozy.
Until it doesn’t.
After the excitement of the holidays, or even during that time, we tire of layered clothing, dripping umbrellas, and muddy boots. We tire of being cold and of dark mornings and holing up.
For many people, the shorter days and cold weather can trigger the winter blues. Rather than thinking in terms of finding a cure, it can be very helpful to develop winter survival skills that you can turn to when you need extra support*.
Happiness is cumulative; fill up your tank!
I believe that happiness is cumulative. In my own life I have created what I call my “bag of tricks for staying buoyant” that I return to when I need fill up my happiness tank. Just like too many negative things can drag you down, accumulating good feelings and experiences lifts you up. It is exceedingly important to keep up with regular deposits to your joy bank, especially in the winter.
Follow along with me while I introduce you to my strategy for staying happy and healthy through the winter and beyond. I will share my bag of tricks and offer some suggestions and challenges to help you develop your own.
The Winter Project will officially begin tomorrow. Every Monday through the end of February I will share creative ways to embrace the season and challenges for you to try them out. The series will have a theme for each month of winter:
- December: Finding joy in the holidays
- January: Surviving the winter with warmth and comfort
- February: Winter play!
Don’t miss out! Subscribe to receive free Get Natured updates so you can be included in The Winter Project. The weather outside doesn’t have to be frightful! xoxo
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*Important note: I am not a licensed mental health professional. This advice is not intended to take the place of therapy or medications. Please seek professional care if you are suffering from depression or anxiety symptoms.