I’m one of those people who really struggle through the winter because of the constant darkness. And I feel like every winter is worse than the previous one. However, I really don’t want to just sink into negative thoughts and hatred towards the darkness (and Finland). So I’ve tried to come up with some things to do to occupy myself and enjoy this time of the year.
1. Spend time outside during the lightest hours
If you don’t have time to go for a run/walk during the day, just get out of the office/library or wherever you are and walk around for just 10 minutes. Fresh air makes a big difference and if you’re lucky you might even catch some sunrays.
2. Embrace the things that come with the darkness
Such as a city lit up with Christmas lights or your apartment full of cozy and ambient candles.
3. Gather your friends together for a social evening
Cook, play boardgames or make Christmas cards together. A great idea is to host a dinner for your group of friends in turns. If all of you participate in the costs it will even be very affordable.
4. Exercise and take time for yourself
Even though it’s not the most appealing idea to leave for the gym once you’ve got back home from work, it really is worth it. Or if you don’t want to leave, you can sure do a little workout at home as well. Check out my post “How to Start Yoga” and see if you find any helpful tips from there. But trust me, exercising will make you feel better. Unless if you’re already very stressed out then the best idea is just to relax.
5. Have “Treat Yourself” -days
Get a nice coffee on your way to work. Buy something nice. Eat whatever you want. Have a yummy breakfast. Take it easy and watch as many episodes on Netflix as you want to. Just do everything not according to your normal routines.
6. Start a new hobby, join a new club or make new friends
Just step outside your comfort zone and explore new things. It’s always frightening at first but always worth it.
7. Plan things and have something to look forward to
I think this is so important. But remember that there’s a difference between looking forward to something exciting and not living in the moment and just waiting for the next big thing.
8. Move abroad somewhere sunny
I’m sorry, I just had to add this one here. It’s your choice after all.