Self-care in the winter is just as vital to your happiness and health as it is the rest of the year. Click the image to learn how you can Beat the Winter Blues.

Beat the Winter Blues with 3 Self Help Steps to Success

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Self-care in the winter is just as vital to your happiness and health as it is the rest of the year. Just a little planning ahead of time and you are ready to care of your needs and stay positive throughout this season for your family and your own sake. Click the image to learn how you can Beat the Winter Blues.

Set yourself up for a cozy winter: 3 Self Help Steps to Take Now before the Cold Winter Sets In

Self-care in the winter is just as vital to your happiness and health as it is the rest of the year. Just a little planning ahead of time and you are ready to care of your needs and stay positive throughout this season for your family and your own sake. Click the image to learn how you can Beat the Winter Blues.

Self-care in the winter is just as vital to your happiness and health as it is the rest of the year.

The problem is, that it is harder to achieve during this cold and dark time of year. Many suffer from a lack of motivation to exercise or even go outside when it requires bundling all up. Often times I get in a total funk come mid-January when the end of winter is nowhere in site and my motivation to think about my needs and happiness are at an all-time low. Additionally, as a mom of three very little kids, I find by this point they are also going stir crazy and we all get sick of all the indoor time.

Self-care in the winter is just as vital to your happiness and health as it is the rest of the year. Just a little planning ahead of time and you are ready to care of your needs and stay positive throughout this season for your family and your own sake. Click the image to learn how you can Beat the Winter Blues.

I found success this past winter in maintaining my sense of peace and happiness after a little soul-searching.  I read a quote one day that said, “you can’t pour from an empty cup” and a light bulb went off.  I knew that if I was going to help coach my kids through the next few months of cold, I needed to care for my needs better than I had. Just a little planning ahead of time and I am ready to care for my needs and stay positive throughout this season for my family and my own sake.

Find a hot beverage you love and stock up for the winter.

Self-care in the winter is just as vital to your happiness and health as it is the rest of the year. Just a little planning ahead of time and you are ready to care of your needs and stay positive throughout this season for your family and your own sake. Click the image to learn how you can Beat the Winter Blues.

Whether you are a coffee lover or enjoy a warm mug of chai, find something you love and make sure you have it on hand. A warm beverage with a book, a bath or some quiet can really warm your soul from the inside out. Often the holidays bring lots of sales, so be on the lookout for great prices and take advantage of the sales. Alternatively, keep things exciting by finally trying those drinks you see on Instagram that make you drool. You know the Matcha Latte type pictures? Research a few new warm beverages you’d like to try and get organized to be able to do some experimenting over the long, cold winter months.

Self-care in the winter is just as vital to your happiness and health as it is the rest of the year. Just a little planning ahead of time and you are ready to care of your needs and stay positive throughout this season for your family and your own sake. Click the image to learn how you can Beat the Winter Blues.

Make sure you have what you need to stay warm all winter long.

Self-care in the winter is just as vital to your happiness and health as it is the rest of the year. Just a little planning ahead of time and you are ready to care of your needs and stay positive throughout this season for your family and your own sake. Click the image to learn how you can Beat the Winter Blues.

Do you have slippers and a bathrobe for staying cozy indoors? Often we think about having our winter coat and gloves available for being out and about, but what about when you are stuck indoors?  Invest in some wool socks and other things to keep you bundled and able to not feel cold in your house.

Self-care in the winter is just as vital to your happiness and health as it is the rest of the year. Just a little planning ahead of time and you are ready to care of your needs and stay positive throughout this season for your family and your own sake. Click the image to learn how you can Beat the Winter Blues. Have some cozy, chunky blankets on the sofas to bundle up in. Better yet, ask for them for the holidays! Click on the image above to an assortment of chunky blankets you can add to your wish list.

Start a vision board to focus on over the winter.

Self-care in the winter is just as vital to your happiness and health as it is the rest of the year. Just a little planning ahead of time and you are ready to care of your needs and stay positive throughout this season for your family and your own sake. Click the image to learn how you can Beat the Winter Blues.

We can’t change the weather but we can focus on something else. Make a vision board for your upcoming year. A vision board is a collection of pictures and/or quotes that inspire you. Ask yourself, what do you want this upcoming year to look like?  Then find images and quotes that depict that. Focusing on setting goals for yourself can lift your spirits and take your mind off of the cold and dreary winter. Vision boards also help motivate you to stay focused on your goals. Try Pinterest, it is a great place to create a vision board!

For more great tips, including details on how to get started and what you need to create your own vision board; head over to meet my friend Chandra at Journey to Bravery.

All in all, the winter months can bring on a lack of motivation and an onset of unhappy feelings. While it’s common, it doesn’t have to be this way.  Set yourself up for a successful winter season now before it’s even an issue.

Jenn of Simply On Eden is a mom of three young children, five chickens, and wife to her adventurous husband. She worked in the corporate world as a successful sales director for nearly a decade before deciding to pursue her dream of working for herself. She has always been passionate about fostering individual development in children. They are a family who loves adventures, are committed to eating sustainably and living an overall healthy lifestyle. SimplyOnEden is a lifestyle blog for families looking to be their best selves by simplifying their lives and living them to the fullest.

Jenn of SimplyOnEden.com is a mom of three young children, five chickens, and wife to her adventurous husband. She worked in the corporate world as a successful sales director for nearly a decade before deciding to pursue her dream of working for herself. She has always been passionate about fostering individual development in children. They are a family who loves adventures, are committed to eating sustainably and living an overall healthy lifestyle. SimplyOnEden is a lifestyle blog for families looking to be their best selves by simplifying their lives and living them to the fullest.

Posted October 30, 2017 by Lisa in Inspire Wellness / 65 Comments

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65 responses to “Beat the Winter Blues with 3 Self Help Steps to Success

  1. I always dread winter, the darkness that sets in early in the day, the frozen toes inside my boots 🙁 My go to warm drink is my mulled wine…yum! Am definitely going to try the vision board… might just be what i need to see me through. Thanks for the tips 🙂

  2. JL

    Thanks for all the tips! It’s still autumn here and I am rushing to finish a sofa throw that I am knitting 🙂 I also find baking and cooking winter comfort foods (stews, casseroles) comforting.

    I love how you have a big brood of three children and five chickens! x

  3. Oh, I needed this! It isn’t even November yet and it has snowed already! (Thankfully it didn’t stick) I am over winter already and looking forward to stocking up on some more Ultra Spice Chai and curling up in my favorite blanket!

  4. Love these ideas! I am a daily coffee drinker but at this time of year love to treat myself to a warm, comforting chai or pumpkin spice latte. 🙂
    Also, sometimes there’s nothing better in chilly weather than curling up on the sofa with a blanket and good book!

  5. I have been a seasonal sufferer in the past and I love your winter recommendations! Especially your vision board idea! This is something that I always want to do but never really find the time (kids, blog, life)! But it think its important to help stay on track and accomplish more goals in life. You have motivated me to get one done to help through the winter months. As I sit her my 3 year old is chanting “you can do it, You can do it” another sign to get it done! I have been working on teaching him that he can do it for a while now and it just kicked in. Much Love!

    • I too have a 3-year-old and I seem to do a better job of coaching my kids to set goals and attain them then I do for myself. The vision boards help me so much… and they are so fun to do! I am so glad you read this, it was so fun to write. Oh, and i’m happy we connected 🙂

  6. I’m personally happier in the Winter because it’s my favorite season. However, I always make sure to have plenty of unscented lotion to take care of my skin. I definitely crack easier than a broken light bulb.

  7. I may be the only one, but I’m *kinda* looking forward to winter! I love the decorations, (a little bit of) snow, cozy sweater, fires, etc.!

  8. Kiara

    I love that you talk about all the cozy things for getting through winter. I especially love that you talk about getting a start on a vision board to begin working on.

  9. Yes! I need me one of those cozy knit blankets. I live in my slippers all winter (okay, all the time really.) and keep loads of chai tea to sip on. Great list!

  10. What a lovely blog post! I feel now very motivated and happy to have the winter coming. I’m still in China having warm temperatures here but in December I will fly back to Europe facing the cold. Your post makes me excited actually! Thanks a lot!

  11. I love the idea of a vision board for the winter – definitely something I’m going to do, especially since I have many home DIY projects I have brewing up!

  12. I love how comfortably you have explained the things we can do in cold winter months. My favorites are to have a warm cup of chai while I roll in my couch with a blanket..

  13. Sian

    That chunky knitted blanket looks super comfy! I like the idea of treating myself to a warming, soothing drink during the winter months. I’m going to order some herbal teas and see how I go.

  14. These are all wonderful ideas! Just reading and thinking about them make me feel warm and cozy. A warm cup of coffee always helps me during those dreary days.

  15. I love the idea of stocking up on your favorite hot beverage for the winter! I never thought of that before. Definitely want to do that now. Great ideas!

  16. This was such a fun collaboration. It came together beautifully and I am just thrilled reading over these comments. I hope this helps set some seasonal sufferers for a happy winter 🙂

  17. The days seem so much shorter in the winter with the dark early evenings, I think it takes a lot more motivation to be productive when all you want to do is be cozy by the fire. The vision board is a great idea and one that Im going to try! Thanks for sharing!

  18. These are great tips! There’s nothing better than getting cosy with a warm drink and a book when it’s cold outside 💗

  19. Kare

    I have been enjoying the fall weather but defintiely need to prepare for the Winter. The cold weather calls for unproductiveness to me! Thank you for these tips

  20. Since I’ve moved to a colder country, I really have this anxiety on how to face the winter season, It’s always been a puzzle. so glad that you have this, I really just need this now since its getting colder and colder.

  21. I love the idea of making a vision board. We tend to have long winters here and eventually, the whole house ends up with the winter blues.

  22. Claire

    Definitely agree on finding the warm beverage and staying cozy! I love my tea and firewood — keeps me going in this cold weather. Houston even gets cold during winter!

  23. I love your tips and I think I need to start a vision board. What a fun way to add some happiness and dreams to a dark and cold time of the year.

  24. I’m really fortunate to live in a relatively warm climate all year round – I don’t know how people last through 5 months of brutally cold weather! These are great tips to help!

    • My hubby and I are so ready to head somewhere warm for the winters. We had a major snowfall again yesterday with a foot of snow accumulating on the driveway, I was snowed in! It was a perfect day to sit by the fireplace with a cup of tea, and a good book.

  25. I can show off that I don’t have to deal with the winter! lol but it does get chilly and rainy down here. I do agree with the quote you really can’t give from what you don’t have. love the vision board haven’t tried one as yet but I think now is def a good time to start thanks for the idea.

    • Hi Jiselle, thank you for checking out my blog. I had fun even quickly putting a few pics together for the blog post vision board, I think it is going to be very useful for me this winter. We already had two major snowfalls here which makes for a very long winter. I downloaded Evelyn’s guided meditation yesterday, I love it. Be sure to check it out, it is a wonderful resource for intentional relaxation and mindfulness.

  26. TColeman

    It is such a great idea to have things to keep you feeling cozy inside as well. I have some really nice socks but would love a cozy sweater to be able to wear too.

  27. Bobbi

    Focusing on something else besides the fact that it is super cold outside always helps me. Coffee and some good movies always seems to help me!

  28. Great post on the keeping sane, healthy and warm during the cold season. I love a great warm blanket with socks and just sit and get work done, maybe fall asleep in the process. Great tips!

    • I am with you, we already booked a trip to head to Mexico at the end of December, a mid-winter break from the gloom and cold temparatures.