As January comes to a close, and the hangover of Christmas well and truly lifts, we face February; the final frontier of the winter.
And while the first signs of spring might be about to present themselves, there is still a little while to go before it’s picnic weather.
Mindset and focus are the key to getting through, what can be, a particularly cold few weeks.
For example, people of Northern Norway live in darkness between November and January, yet have some of the lowest rates of depression in the world.
Mindset could be the key to this because many suggest that people at the top of the hemisphere view winter as something to be enjoyed, and not to endured.
So, with the influences of our northern friends in mind, here are our must-try tips to feeling lighter and brighter when the winter draws to a close.
- Look to the pointers of lighter days and signs of spring. Look for them, they are there. Notice the slightly earlier sunrise and later sunset. Or the shoots of spring as they crack through the frozen ground.
- Notice the way the sun is rising higher and shining on areas that were in complete shadow in December and January. Things are always changing.
- Make the most of the extra time to rest and recuperate. After all, that’s what winter is all about and it can offer us the most informative lesson if we are happy to embrace it’s teachings.
- Get stuck into a creative project and see it through.
- Try to be social, when energy allows. A tight-knit social circle of support is one of the major protective factors to mental health and wellbeing. Arrange a coffee morning or a walk to the park.
- Try to enjoy the things that can only be done in winter; such as wrapping up in warm layers and taking a flask of hot tea to watch wild waves crashing in on the coast or to walk in the icy forest. If there is snow, try to get out and experience it. Getting outside is a wonder of a mood booster.
- Emulate the idea of Koselig (a Norwegian word for a sense of cosiness). Think Christmas sparkle and magic; candles, fires, warm drinks and get-togethers etc… but without any stress!
- Try not to join in the mindless complaining about the weather. Observe how we often bond with others about the terrible weather. This can be a touch reality, or just indulgent unconscious negativity. Observe if it really is that dreadful that it’s cold?
We’d love to know how you make the most of winter?
Please get in touch. Unlike the frost, we don’t bite. (Sorry).