Change of Seasons, Winter

With the change of seasons comes a chance to try something different. Liberate your mind, your senses, and your spirit.

  • Grab a toboggan and find the biggest hill you can (just ask-- any kid will tell you). Bring some friends and have fun!

  • Keep active. It's easy to feel down if you're going stir-crazy inside. Bundle up and go for a mid-day walk.

  • When you get up in the morning, immediately get a glass of cold water. It will help you wake up much more quickly.

  • Set a mini-goal each day. They should be very small and easily reachable, like 'write in my journal' or 'call a friend'.

  • Browse your Facebook photo albums and lose yourself in good times. Note all the times you look happy.

  • If you're feeling down this season, you're not the only one. Practice random acts of kindness to cheer others up.

  • Make plans to meet up with friends regularly. It's easy to just watch TV, but you'll feel better with companionship.

  • Straighten up your room. Having a made bed and less clutter helps you feel more in control of your life.

  • Break out the crockpot and start dinner in the morning. When you get home you'll have a delicious stew waiting for you.

  • Find someone to give you a quick tutorial and take up knitting. Make yourself a scarf in your favourite colours.

  • Snuggle with a friend, pet or stuffed animal. Hugging makes us feel a lot better about the things that are upsetting us.

  • Read a book that's been on your 'want to read' list for a while. Read it with a cup of tea on a snowy day.

  • Redecorate your space with bright colours to balance the dull colours outside. Paint, make crafts or buy bright items.

  • Sort through your files and photos on your computer. Move them into meaningful groupings for when you want them.

  • Plan a regular movie night with your friends. Take turns hosting and sharing your favourite movies with each other.

  • Take a walk outside over lunch to get some real light therapy. Artificial light just doesn't cut it!

  • Ask your friends and family for their favourite recipes and make yourself some new warm treats.

  • Use your brain. Study a new topic, either through books or a video series. Take notes if it helps engage you.

  • Make seasonal crafts to decorate your house. Wreathes, ornaments, holiday plants-- whatever you enjoy.

  • Start playing ambient music when you're home. Choose something calm and relaxing that you could listen to all day.

  • Make a collage about five things you're grateful for. Hang it up somewhere to remind you of what matters.

  • Take a warm bath with candles to light the room. Relax in the near darkness and let your worries drift away.

  • Wear bright colours. It's easy to get caught up in wearing only black, but bright colours can brighten up your day.

  • Watch a funny movie. You may not want to laugh, but chances are that you won't be able to stop yourself.

  • Try hot yoga. The warmth of the room will relax your muscles and you'll be warm long after you leave.

  • Buy yourself some fresh flowers. Put them somewhere you can enjoy and replace when needed.

  • Go to bed early. One day when you're feeling tired around 8 or 9, just go to bed. Sleep in and catch up on sleep.

  • Look for community lectures and events to attend. The library is a great place to start your search.

  • Try to find balance in the things you have to do and the things you want to do. Figure out what is actually essential.

  • Celebrate whenever you have the opportunity. Learn about other cultures and share in their festive traditions as well.