Self-Care For People Who Need to Survive the Winter (Like Me)

7:00 AM


Because let's face it, winter sucks sometimes.


Here's the deal: winter can be rough. There's cold weather. Being stuck inside. School. School. School. A ton of events going on. Even if you like the winter (you crazy people) all those grey clouds and the pressure of all the stuff we have to get done can be overwhelming. It's easy to be stressed and upset and sad and a billion other things at once. Even if you don't struggle with anxiety or depression or any sort of mental illness, it's important to take care of yourself, peeps. (even if you don't want to. Because trust me, I know that feel.) 
Sameeee.
It's possible that I'm the only person who needs this, but just in case...I thought I'd throw out some easy self-care strategies that have been helpful in the past. Some of them might work for you. That's cool. Some of them might not. Also cool. (I tried to avoid more cutesy stuff, because you can find a lot of that and I've found that most of the time the most effective stuff is more practical?)

Turn off Netflix. Yeah, yeah, I know. I'm one to talk. So you know I speak from experience when I say that it's super easy to get sucked into the never-ending whirlpool of like a season of Doctor Who in one afternoon. Don't do the thing. As fun as it seems you'll turn it off eventually and realize all the things you haven't done and let's face it, it's not that good for you anyway. (sorry.) Turn it off and go do something you need to do. Go outside. Hug someone. It'll all be okay, I promise. 

Go drink a glass of water. A big full glass. Have you ever been dehydrated? Do you know how much it absolutely sucks and probably ruins your day? Anyway, there's a lot of sciency stuff out there that talks about how drinking water is good for you. It's easy to forget to drink enough water during the day; if you're reading this, why don't you go get some right now? I'll wait. 
(I like to get a water bottle and fill it up during the day, and carry it around with me just so I'm always reminded.) 
on that note, making sure you've eaten recently is good too. 
Try some yoga? I am the least flexible person you'll probably ever meet. But apparently exercise is good for you? It gets you moving and really can help improve your mind. If you don't want to run, or go lift weights, or do something miserable like that, yoga is hugely helpful. (And you can do it almost anywhere.) I like this routine and this one, but I guess you could just search it on Pinterest and find something you really like.
animals dog yoga
Even if it feels like this most of the time. Because it totally does.
Go make someone else happy. Doesn't seem like it would work when you're feeling miserable yourself, but it does. Message a friend and tell them how much you appreciate them. Give your friend/family member/pet a hug. Do something nice for a stranger. Tweet one of your good internet friends and compliment them on something. Comment on someone's blog post. I don't know how this works but it kind of lifts the mood. 

Clean your room. You're starting to regret reading this now, aren't you? But the bonus here is that you feel productive and probably a little cleaner, too.

Leave the house. Sorry, but it's true. (I like to go to the library, though, which is basically the same thing as home.)

So, there you have it. Deep breaths, peeps.

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  1. *nods* Wise. I had to stop watching Netflix on my own time (I still watch with my sister) because I wanted to stop feeling like I wasn't getting anything done. And today I'm planning to clean my room and do some other chores I've been putting off, and maybe that will help me feel a little better. But yeah, winter is not my peak season--I love winter at first, but then it gets old. But yeah, I need to do more yoga. (That dog gif though.)

    I hope you have a good winter, all things considered. :) Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Sighhhh I suck at getting pulled into the cycle of Netflix and not much else. xD

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  2. I've been forcing myself to slow down with the Netflix, because I basically procrastinated for an entire semester and it was horrible beyond belief. So I've been spending more time drawing, sewing and reading instead of scrolling through Pinterest and Tumblr, and sleeping instead of watching Netflix until 3 AM (which I did regularly for months, and very much regret.). Even if I'm not as productive as I'd like to be, it calms me down and keeps me from living in a state of constant panic.

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    1. SAME. I've also been working on spending less time on the internet, which is hard but it's turning out to be better for me and I feel a lot more alert a lot of the time? So that's pretty cool.

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  3. I actually love winter, but it's still an incredibly stressful time. Thanks for the tips--binge-watching Netflix is tempting any day of the year, but especially during winter.

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    1. Winter can be fun, in its own way...there's just so much potential for procrastination o.o

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  4. wise.... haha, though, yes, i'm usually that person who at the end of the day feels like they got nothing done. this is super inspiring actually <3
    and how can people like winter??? is that possible? :)

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    1. I'm glad it's inspiring! I need to remind myself of this stuff too. *nodnod*

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  5. Amen. I love this.

    I know for me, I start to feel uptight when my room is a mess, so cleaning it helps relieve so much internal pressure. even though it takes me a long time to finally get to it.
    drinking water is soooooo important too. I always have this giant Mason jar around with me and my goal is to drink 3 a day. (they're huge.) so I just mentally tally up how many times I've refilled it. it helps a lot :)

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    1. Yesss. Cleaning your room doesn't sound like it would be relaxing, but somehow it totally is and makes my brain feel a lot neater and less panicky.

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  6. I need to do all these things. Especially the water thing, I tend to just drink coffee.

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    1. Coffee is way more fun to drink. It's a shame it doesn't hydrate you quite the same way. :P

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  7. going to the library is exactly what I do to get out of the house too. it makes it a lot harder to sit there refreshing Pinterest or watching House for hours on end instead of actually reading or writing like I should be. *looks at pile of reviews I need to write* oops... :P

    I actually like winter, somewhat, but that's mostly because I prefer being cold to dying of heat. so if it could just stay sunshiney and beautiful outside while averaging a temperature from 50-70 degrees, that'd be great. *nods*

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    1. The library is a magical place that usually solves all my problems.

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  8. I've never had trouble in the winter. It plays to my greatest instincts - stay inside, be comfy, peruse the internet.

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    1. Hahaha, that works too, and it's totally true. I, too, enjoy staying inside all the time. *buries self under blankets*

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    2. The outdoors are nice. I am good at the outdoors: I can climb, run, not get my arms ripped off by a bear, swim. I just like inside better.

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  9. *needed this today thank you dear*

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    1. *yes good I'll probably bug you by sending this to you frequently but whatever*

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    2. *that's an excellent idea I would very much appreciate that*

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  10. Hahaha, that first GIF is so fitting and relatable. Good tips!

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  11. Winter is such a hard time. I hate horribly cold weather. Being cooped up all the time gets depressing really fast, because I live out away from people, and sadly can't walk to the library or a coffee shop or anywhere really. Which is bleh.

    I may have to try yoga, despite also being horribly not flexible and shying away from this thing called exercise. ALSO, THE NETFLIX THING. That's probably the hardest part because I mean what else are you supposed to do? (let's ignore the fact that writing and editing should be priority). I've been forcing myself to not watch much. I've really only been watching Falling Skies, which we have been discussing/flailing about.

    This is a helpful list. I approve.

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    1. Winter is just the WORST because I do enjoy being outside and being able to walk places and snow/ice is just bleh. (but Falling Skies is always approved.)

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  12. Yes yes yes to this list. Also your gifs are hilarious. (I see you, Blimey Cow! XD) :)

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    1. Blimey Cow is the source of all my wisdom. *nodnod*

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  13. Normally I love winter, but after the never ending snowstorms we had last year, I'm not so excited about it any more. Bleck. This handy survival guide is a life saver. Also, bonus points for Blimey Cow. xD

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    1. Snowstorms are the worst and I just...I can't. *shudders*

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  14. I don't really mind winter that much, but I do remind you that some of us are in college and we have to travel around campus when it's cold to get to our classes. ;) At least you have the luxury of staying inside! However, I do have to agree that staying hydrated and being there to help others is a good way to keep up your spirits in the midst of winterly events that are unlikeable for some people. Also, cleaning your room is just a good idea in general! You can find all the books hidden in the crannies of your room!

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    1. *hands you a blanket* Yikes, I would probably die after all that walking in the cold. So mad props to you.

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  15. Ackkk I need this thank youuu. Winter just really sucks especially on days like today where it's -30. -.- It's just really easy to get down especially since we stay at home now and I NEED to get outside and talk to people to feel better and such. So winter and I aren't good friends, but these are good ideas so thank youuu it's been hard lately so yes this is good. :P

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    1. Stay at home now? No, stay at home MORE. Goodness I need to read over things before I post them because I said the same thing a million times. *hangs head and walks away* :P

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    2. *pats on head* I forgive you because I make typos all the time. xD

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  16. Aimee, I love this list. Seriously. I love you, too. You're an amazing girl.

    I kept getting sick, getting better, getting sick since the beginning of January, and a lot of things like cleaning my room, exercising, and getting out of the house couldn't happen. My soul feels the lack of it. (I, er--did a lot of movie-watching.) Reading your list pinpoints a lot of things that now that I'm feeling better, can help me get on the upswing again. I was encouraged just reading through them at the thought that the blah feeling of the last month might be because of some of these things, and they are all fixable, attainable goals. Thanks a lot for putting them together! My soul felt cared for just with your words. :)

    Oh, and that hydrate, protein-ate gif absolutely cracked me up! Which show/movie is it from?

    ~Schuyler

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    1. Thank you so much! Winter is a rough time for me, so I figured it would be a rough time for some other people and I might as well share what's helped me. <3 (And I don't watch the show, but I'm pretty sure that gif is from Supernatural.)

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  17. *cries because school doesn't even give me the time to do all that stuff* I tend to like winter because I have a reason not to go out and about. XD(except the library. I can always go there)

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  18. I totally needed this. I hate winter, so I always want to hibernate for the whole season. This list is a good reminder for me -- especially turning off the Netflix one. That's probably the most important but the hardest (Whhhyyy are there so many good shoowwwws???).

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    1. I wish hibernating was an option. *shivers*

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  19. It happens to be extremely cold here as I read this (okay, cold by Hong Kong standards, warm by Canada standards) so this was important! I have to go to school tomorrow, and I think I shall be bringing a thermos flask of hot water. I can't clean my room, but maybe I'll clean up my manuscript? Same thing, really. *nods*

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  20. Substitute Netflix with YouTube and I really need to stop procrastinating on it in the cold weather. Something about dull days makes me just want to watch things all the time. But YouTube...

    Wait, you mean leaving the house is an option? No! I refuse to believe that one must leave the house in winter. (I really, really hate the cold, can you tell?) But seriously, great suggestions Aimee. It's summer here at the moment, but I'll have to remember these later in the year.

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  21. GET OFF NETFLIX. maybe you're right. I think I should go socialize with my friends xD Great post Aimee, these tips were quite helpful <3

    ~Noor

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  22. I'll have you know I decided to get a glass of water before I started typing this comment <3
    It's easy to forget to take care of yourself when you have a lot going on, or to take care of the things around you when you're stressed, but when I get in a slump, I normally can leave it when I clean my house. (Because my house becomes a disaster when I'm not feeling well.) Sometimes you gotta get up and go, but you (I) always need to be reminded first =P

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  23. Nice post! But oh that dog....LOLROF!!!! That's awesome! I wish my dog could do that lol!

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