Beat the Winter Blues – 5 Ways to Help You Avoid Them

5 ways to beat the winter blues

Do you feel like you have a case of the winter blues? Here are 5 simple ways to steer clear of seasonal depression

How to Beat the Winter Blues – Tip #1: Put your phone down. 

I think the “winter blues” are often the result of being stuck inside and therefore glued to our phones.

Social media can be a wonderful thing, but it can also be the thief of our joy. Without even realizing it, we are comparing our life, our home, our family to what we see on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.

If you find yourself feeling down or discouraged after being online, take extreme measures. Delete the app. Take a break from your phone. Choose to just put it down.

How to Beat the Winter Blues – Tip #2: Do something special for someone else. 

This can be hard, especially for us Moms. We already feel like we are giving of ourselves constantly. But when we get the focus off of ourselves, it’s amazing the joy that comes from a heart of service. Purposely go out of your way to do something special for someone else.

Bake a loaf of bread for your neighbor. Have some hot cocoa ready for your UPS man. Write a thank you card to your kids’ teachers. Visit a lonely widow from your church. Send a text message to a friend and let them know you are praying for them. 

Whatever it is, do it as often as you’re able. There’s no greater joy that comes from giving to and serving others.

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How to Beat the Winter Blues – Tip #3: Make a list of what you are thankful for. 

Literally. Don’t just think it. Get a pencil and some paper and start writing down every single thing God has blessed you with. Your health. Your eyesight. Your children. Your home. Your freedom. Family and friends. 

Before you know it, you’ll quickly realize how very blessed you are. It sounds cliche, but so many people around this world are truly suffering. Without healthcare. In poverty. Wondering where their next meal will come from.

Depression is a real thing, and I’m not saying you shouldn’t take it seriously – talk to your doctor and please get the help you need. But oftentimes an attitude of gratefulness can completely change our outlook on life. What are you thankful for? Write it down.

How to Beat the Winter Blues – Tip #4: Be proactive and plan something fun as family. 

You can beat the winter blues by choosing each day to have the best day ever. Involve your kids. Ask them what sounds fun. Get some ideas together and create an action plan.

Fun memories don’t just happen. They take planning and work. Even if it’s something simple like going bowling or taking your kids to a hotel with a pool, be proactive and plan to actually spend time together as a family. 

And don’t forget about number one. 

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How to Beat the Winter Blues – Tip #5: Memorize Scripture

This last point is honestly the most important. Hide God’s Word in your heart. Write verses down on 3×5 cards and hang them up around your house where you will see them.

I can promise you this my friend – it’s not God’s will for you to have the winter blues!

My mom used to put verses near the light switch or on the window above the sink. Little reminders everywhere to keep our focus on Him. Here a few of my favorites –

“And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” Deuteronomy 31:8 (KVJ)

“But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13 (KJV)

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (KJV)

“Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” Isaiah 41:10 (KJV)

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 (KJV)

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11 (KJV)

“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)

“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” 1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)

Thanks so much for reading sweet friends! I hope this post was a blessing to you. What are some ways that you avoid the winter blues? Let me know in the comments below!

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