I am completely against the cold weather.
Even though I have been experiencing the four seasons my entire life, I am never truly prepared when the temperature begins to drop. Now, physically, I am ready for the winter. I have 2 really great winter coats, plenty of sweaters and all the layers you could imagine. However, my mental and emotional self are what truly suffer when the weather outside is frightful. Overall, I feel so much more tired and unmotivated in the winter time; I always have to push myself just a little extra to get the simplest tasks done—and I don’t think I’m the only one.
For some time, I had wondered why my mind and soul were so against the cold weather. Indeed, I am a spring baby and prefer the weather to be nicer outside, but it seems as though that the issue went a little deeper than that. Why is it, that, when the weather changes, so does our moods? Was I just putting myself in a bad mood because I preferred the weather to be warmer outside? Or, is my anti-cold opinion much more than a mindset?
I soon discovered I wasn’t the only one who felt off when it was cold.
Don’t worry, it is not irregular to feel different when the temperature outside begins to drop; it took me a while to not feel weird about it too. However, when I did feel weird about it, I did not know how to handle it. I thought that I could just snap myself out of the bad moods; maybe just focus my attention elsewhere, but nothing was working. Besides my body being cold, my heart was as well. I noticed that I wasn’t taking care of myself as much and “lazy” was just an understatement to how I was approaching anything I had to check off of my to-do list.
I simply thought that if I continued to just push myself and ignore the lowness my heart was feeling, I would eventually get over it and the normal Deiona would be back. That, if I crawled instead of walked, it would be fine because I still got to where I needed to go; I began crawling a little too much. The winter blues had me right where it wanted me, and I never thought I’d find how to get past it.
So, is there a cure for the winter blues?
Indeed, there is, and it is called: Spring! You were probably looking for some type of remedy or medicine, but, the simplest solution to getting through the winter blues is remembering that Spring is near, and it brings cheer. Though just a season, Spring brings forth a spirituality and love within ourselves that simply cannot be matched. As we get closer to Spring, don’t just appreciate the nicer weather, but the huge changes that come with it as well.
When the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the flowers are blossoming, we feel brighter and happier. However, as the birds begin to fly down south, and the flowers go into hiding, we begin to notice that we catch a bad case of the “winter blues”. The cold tends to bring people down and the gloom can cause us to lose hope, causing us to not give ourselves as much love and attention as we should. With the cold, we sometimes forget to care for our insides because we are so focused on keeping our outsides warm. No matter how many layers we may throw on, that doesn’t shield our minds from the winter blues.
What can Spring do—besides bring better weather?
You’re probably wondering: how in the world is a season going to make me feel better? Well, it’s not as unrealistic as you may think it to be. In order to get to loving Deiona and getting her mind back in order, I began looking into the benefits of Spring. Additionally, I began studying why my mood was so off in the colder months, so when the winter blues tried to come knocking, I could slam the door right in its face:
Brighter months and longer days
One of the most obvious reasons as to why we can love ourselves more in the Spring is because the days are longer and brighter. Though it is still 24 hours in a day, us having more daylight means we are more motivated to do things. I know that when it’s nice outside and I’m in the house, the sun forces me to go do something; it doesn’t feel right to be indoors or to be inactive when the sun is out. With these brighter months and longer days coming, make sure to remember to take advantage of it! The extra daylight gives us more time to do the things that we love.
Bask in as much sunlight as possible
As we enter Spring, it is much easier—and more enjoyable—for us to get our vitamin D. The lack of vitamin D doesn’t just make us sadder but imposes a risk on our health as well. Being trapped inside and having little sunlight, the risk of being gloomier increases; the lack of light is taking away from your joy. In the winter, try to sit by a window when the sun is out; keep the curtains open so some sort of natural light is hitting you. When Spring officially arrives, take in all the vitamin D you possibly can. As you bask in the sun, your mind and body will thank you.
Don’t hibernate like bears
The cold weather makes us want to lock our doors and remain in the house as much as possible. However, we are not bears! We need human contact and losing that in the winter can cause our mindsets to become unhealthy. In the Spring, the weather won’t only make us actually want to get outside and socialize with people, but the nice weather provides us with more activities to be the social butterflies us humans are meant to be. Go have a picnic, sit outside at a restaurant, even just sit in the park. In the winter, though the activities may have to be inside, they are still activities! Just getting yourself out of the isolation can completely alter your mood from negative to positive.
Balanced diet and exercising
In the winter, it is much easier to not exercise and to eat all the comfort food you think your heart desires. However, the lack of exercise and extra plates may make us feel good in the moment, but in the long run it is very harmful. We are always told to have a balanced diet and regularly exercise, but the cold makes it much harder. However, the Spring brings in no excuses! Go for a run, make your way to the gym, get some fresh produce; make sure to treat your body and mind right through a well diet and exercising as much as you can.
A healthier home makes a healthier heart
Oh, the power of Spring cleaning. Though such a commonly practiced tradition, people forget that spring cleaning goes beyond scrubbing floors and clearing out closets. The saying “a clean home is a happy home” applies more to just what a person physically sees. If your space is kept organized and tidy, odds are, so will your mind and heart. When you are in a cluttered environment, you can tend to feel claustrophobic or anxious or just simply uncomfortable; the Spring helps those negative emotions go away. Take the time out to get your home healthier, so it can make your heart healthier as well.
Spring is a hopeful time of the year
Transitioning from Winter to Spring, we should see it as a time to transition into loving ourselves more. It is not simply that the weather feels better, but internally we should feel better. If we don’t take advantage of what the Spring has to offer, we are only further diminishing our hearts. The Spring is not only the blossoming of flowers, but of oursleves.