7 Simple Ways to Beat the Winter Blues

Updated on February 8, 2017
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Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.

Oftentimes winter is the season that seems the longest. The weather is cold, blustery, gray—and the days just seem to drag on. At some point you might begin to feel that you are starring in a remake of Groundhog Day, sans the comic genius of Bill Murray. You don't have to continue feeling listless and miserable, however. Read on for seven simple ways to beat the winter blues. Get out of your funk and start feeling better.

Bill Murray Winter Weather Prediction - Clip from Groundhog Day

1. Have Family Night

Whip up some delicious snacks, dust off those board games sitting in the closet, and gather around the table with your entire family for a fun family night! This is a great excuse to unplug. Have everyone leave their phones in another room; Social media can wait for a few hours. Turn on some music and be silly. Engage in a face to face conversation and catch up with everyone. This is the perfect way to bond with your family and enjoy a cold winter evening—a guaranteed fun time that everyone will want to make into a regular event.

Making popcorn with my son.
Making popcorn with my son.

2. Go Out with Friends

Sometimes you just need to get out of the house. Call some friends and ask them to dinner. Get dressed up and enjoy a night on the town. Go bowling. Take a group fitness class. Go line dancing. Trying something new with your friends is a great way to boost your mood, make memories, and break up that winter time monotony.

3. See a Movie

Escape reality for a couple of hours by going to the cinema to take in the latest film. There is something magical about sitting in a dark room, in front of an oversized screen, and watching a movie. You can easily envision yourself right there, in the midst of the action. Enjoy some snacks and have fun. A day of solitude, take the entire family, or go with friends. For an even better experience, visit your nearest IMAX theater. It's one of the best winter time activities!

4. Exercise

Summer bodies are made in the winter - a popular phrase and a true statement. Working hard building muscle and burning fat will make sure that you look amazing and are "swimsuit ready." But exercise is about more than looking good. It is also about feeling good. When you are working out, the endorphins are flowing. You're happy; You're feeling amazing; and you are working your heart and muscles, keeping your body healthy. Best of all,you don't even have to leave your house to do it! Check out YouTube for a variety of free exercise videos or take a look at the various streaming options that are available.

Yoga for the Winter Blues - Yoga with Adriene

5. Netflix and Chill

If you are not in the mood to go out, staying in is just as good. Put on something comfortable, grab some snacks, plop yourself down on the couch, and binge watch a show, or two on Netflix. When the cold weather is getting you down, sometimes the best thing to do is snuggle up under a blanket and relax. As I have gotten older, I have come to appreciate the ability to simply relax on the couch and enjoy watching TV. It's not something I get to do often, so when I am able to, I enjoy it to the fullest!

A picture of Lake Erie on the shore of East Harbor State Park in Ohio - A beautiful place to visit during the winter.
A picture of Lake Erie on the shore of East Harbor State Park in Ohio - A beautiful place to visit during the winter.

6. Plan a Vacation

When the monotony of winter weather is getting to you, look ahead to spring or summer. Plan a vacation. It could be a life changing trip, a fun weekend getaway, a week of exploring your state, whatever strikes your fancy! You can go all out and plan a tropical vacation or a cruise. Not in the budget or just not your style? No problem! Plan something a little closer to home. Plan a visit to one of your state parks, take a weekend at an indoor water park, or plan a camping trip for the summer. The possibilities are endless. Having tasks to complete and a fun trip to look forward to will get your mind off of the gray, dreariness of winter.

A little snowman.
A little snowman.

7. Make the Most of It.

As Yosemite Sam says, "If you can't beat 'em, join 'em."

Get outside and enjoy the weather. Bundle up and go for a brisk winter walk. Go sledding or skiing. Build a snowman. Build an igloo or forts and have a snowball fight. Visit a local or state park and take pictures. If the roads aren't bad, take a road trip to a different part of your state and explore. Find a little playfulness and be creative! Getting outside, enjoying the fresh air, and making the most of the season is a great way to boost your mood and have a good time!

Getting ready for a snowball fight.
Getting ready for a snowball fight.

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        Alyssa 13 months ago from Ohio

        Glad to hear it! I hope you find them helpful. :)

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        Ashi 13 months ago

        @Alyssa,

        Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful tips with us. I am sure I am going to use them in winter :)

        Wonderful :)

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