Need Help Cheering Yourself Up This Winter?

I’ve lived in Winnipeg since I was just about two years old. So over the past 24 years of living here, I’ve dealt with my fair share of brutal Winnipeg winters.

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I’m unsure if it’s because during my adult years I’ve primarily worked office jobs, so winter seemed much longer coming and going in the dark, or because as a child I could handle the cold and wore my Michelin man snowsuit with pride and now I’m a millennial that usually cares more about wanting to wear my fashionable coats over my warm coats; but I’ve found that getting through the particularly cold patches of winter has become more and more difficult.

It’s so damn cold out most of the time you don’t even want to look outside, let alone actually go out there and do something.

Last week, I had a bit of a mental breakdown. I’ve been in the midst of my job search, I’m bored, and it was SO damn cold. I fell into a little bit of a depression, and realized I think a big part of it was that leaving the house to do anything just seemed SO daunting, mainly due to the frigid weather.

At the end of the day, where I live is Winnipeg and winter isn’t going anywhere. So here are a couple of my tips and tricks for getting through this treacherous weather.

Work Out

Ya, I get it this is the last thing you want to hear. But getting up, and getting your workout done first thing in the morning (whether this is before work or whatever you do throughout the day) will honestly change your entire attitude for that day and truly does help. Walk on a treadmill for half an hour, go to yoga, attend a class or meet a friend at the gym, but get up and do it as often as you can.

Plan Things to Look Forward to

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Plan a GNO (girls night out) that will get you excited for the weekend instead of hiding on your couch the entire time. Pick out a meal to cook that you’ll look forward to, plan to see a friend you haven’t seen in awhile, sign up for a class, whatever it is, try to find things that will actually have you feeling motivated to leave your home and the Netflix behind. It will be there when you return.

Do Things that Genuinely Make You Feel Good

For me, these things include trying to get in a workout, reading or journaling, spending time with positive people, or when it’s warm enough going out skating or cross country skiing. We all have people that when we’re around them we feel even more drained and run down, and these aren’t the individuals you should be surrounding yourself with when you’re already feeling down. Whether it’s meditating, spending time with yourself or friends, trying a new class, do things that actually really do make you feel good and make time for them.

It’s okay to be sad sometimes or feel run down, but doing your best to do things that can bring you out of these feelings is going to end up being the difference between taking charge and enjoying your life, or letting winter win and having a long hard wait until summer.

What do you do to help yourself get through the long, cold, Canadian winters?!