• Mackenzie Bullock

5 ways that help me beat the winter blues

Winter can be such a beautiful season with the frosty trees, snow falling, the excitement of Christmas time, turning over to a new year in January, and my birthday of course!

 But it also can be a very, long, tiring, depressing season that feels like it drags on forever and ever making everyday feel like a challenge. At least it does for me, because personally, I’m not a fan of winter or the cold. I could have summer all year around if I could. But I live in Canada where there the cold air hurts our faces(-40 degrées to be exact) instead of scorpions and snakes. And I think I would rather take cold air over snakes because snakes are scary and my worst fear is whipping back the covers and finding one huddled by my pillow. But anyways, lets not think those thoughts anymore or else I will get the heebie jeebies. So today I want to share with you 5 ways that help me beat these winter blues that are happening right now and probably for a little while longer:

1. Use Self-Tanner & Keep your Skin Hydrated- Having pale skin during the winter is definitely a drab and scaley, dry skin is even more depressing.  (Because speaking of snakes, who likes pale, snake-dry looking skin anyways....definitely not me .) My current favourite self-tanner is Jergens Instant Sun Mousse. I just buy it at Walmart. This product is affordable, which is nice for a girl that is on a tight budget and likes to shop, but with a husband in school. I also just buy cheap plastic gloves to rub it on, so it doesn’t die my hands brown. There are 2 shades of this brand. I am currently using both. I use the lighter shade on my face and hands and the darker shade on my arms and legs. It lasts up to about 3-4 days depending what you’re doing and how much you’re actually scrubbing your body in the shower.   I’m not sure what it is about being tan, but it instantly boosts my confidence and mood.

2 ways that I try to keep my skin hydrated at best as i can is: Lathering my body in lotion and drink lots of water. Lately, I've been adding lemons and water enhancers into my water. This has been helping me a lot more with getting my water intake for the day. And plus, it tastes a bit better than just plain tap water. My 2 favorite lotions of all time are: Jergens natural Glow Daily Moisturizer. I have talked a lot about this lotion in a few of my other posts. But that's because its amazing on my skin. It doesn't make me break out or make my skin sticky or greasy. It lasts a long time and doesn't break the bank either. The other lotion I love is Jergens Vitamin E Moisturizer. This lotion is so light and airy on the skin and immediately I can feel a difference in my skin. It moisturizes right away. I do find it hard to find in Walmart. I tend to only find it in this small travel size. But when  do find it, I always stock up because I love it so much.

2. Let there be Light- The first thing I do when wake up is open my blinds and turn on the lights.     (Warden always groans when I open the blinds when he is still trying to sleep in. Haha.)  Bringing in light, especially natural light immediately boosts my mood and wakes me up for the day. I love the natural light and seeing the outdoors. With having shorter days in the winter, I definitely struggle with getting enough light in the day. It’s usually still dark till about 8am and dark about 5pm again. It sucks, but ill try my best to get what I can.

3. Get Vitamin D- This is pretty similar to #2, but one secret I use to get vitamin D without spending time in the super-duper cold is taking vitamin D drops. I purchase the bottle of drops at Walmart in the medicine/Vitamin Isle. I put a couple drops on the breakfast everyday. It’s tasteless, which makes taking it a bit easier to take. Having higher vitamin D levels helps with depression and happiness. So the more Vitamin D, the happier you will be!

4. Get up & Move- There are so many benefits to exercising. Some examples are: boosts your mood and metabolism, gives you endorphins, which makes your happy, improves your sleep, gives your more energy,  helps your focus better throughout your day, helps your physical and emotional health. I’ve been trying to get into the habit of each morning before my shower I will do something that raises my heart rate, which is usually jumping jacks or high knees. It definitely helps when I have the early-morning shifts and I have to rise a little earlier than I would like to. I also enjoy going to the gym and lifting weights or doing some H.I.I.T Cardio. 

5. Perk up your Mornings- I personally like to crank the music the minute I wake up (unless warden is still sleeping and I dont crank it too loud or I put my ear buds in.) If I’m having a hard time getting out of bed or waking up, I always put on my favorite playlist. That tends to help me get out of bed.  It’s nice to start the day off in a good mood to your favourite song. I've recently been liking the SoundCloud app or Spotify.

Another way that perks up my mornings is washing my face with cold water. A splash of cold water on my face helps refresh and soothe my skin . Cold water showers and face washes also have lots of benefits like: clear skin from closing the pores, free it from all possible infections, improves complexion and radiance and many more. Making my bed every morning is another way that perks up my mornings. There’s just something about a made bed that is just so satisfying and a feeling of success. Even though, its such a small and simple task, it makes me feel so good about myself. And also when you come home at the end of the day and the bed is made there’s just a sense of aww and relaxation. Sometimes making the bed is a workout in its self with trying to get that duvet perfectly over the entire bed without going to the other side and fixing it. Then fixing the pillows and collecting all the decorative pillows and throwing them back on the bed that you threw off the night before.

But that is all for today. I hope these help cure your winter blues. If there is anything that helps you, feel free to comment, I would love to hear what you do!


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