Six ways to beat the February blues
Are the February blues getting you down? It’s about that time of the season when we feel like we're done with snow and ready for warmer weather. Here are a few ways you can shrug off the February blues through this cold and bitter season:
1 Keep up with physical activity
Physical activity releases natural endorphins and helps boost your mood. If you’ve been consistent with physical activity and you’re starting to get bored, try pairing your routine with a new playlist filled with your favourite songs.
2 Play games with family or friends
During the pandemic, it’s certainly been tough to not see people like we usually do and it’s likely also adding even more blah to your February blues. That’s why it’s so important to try to stay connected. But in a world where we’ve been online even more than ever, it’s probably not that exciting anymore. Why not switch things up a little and play a virtual board game? Many of the video chat apps, like Houseparty, have great games to play while you’re chatting with friends and family members. Go schedule your next virtual board game night and have some fun!
3 Perform random acts of kindness
Not only will you make someone feel better about the February blues, but you’ll feel great knowing that you put a smile on that someone’s face. Even the simplest of gestures is sure to brighten anyone’s day. Order some flowers for a friend or drop treats off on someone’s doorstep.
4 Freshen up your surroundings
Since you’re spending more time indoors than you’d probably like to, why not freshen up the space you live in? It doesn’t have to be extravagant or an expensive project at all – simply putting up more photos of friends and family is sure to brighten up your space and make you smile as you reminisce about all the good times. Even adding an arrangement of fresh flowers to a table or buying a new houseplant will make you feel great…a little “spring” inspiration and a visual reminder that warmer weather is just around the corner.
5 Just dance
Shake it like nobody's watching! The living room dance party brightens even the worst of days. Make some space, turn on a beat and dance those February blues away!
6 Embrace the season
If none of the above work for you, you know what they say – if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em! Go for a walk in the winter wonderland or check out different winter activities, like cross-country skiing, that are running in your community.