Spring of deception. That time of the year where one day can be 5 degrees and sunny, and the next day can be 20 below and blizzarding. I find this time of the year to be the worst for my seasonal depression. Every time it’s sunny and above zero, I can feel this weight lift off my shoulders, then it snows again and I feel it all pile back on.
My skin is dry, and my feet are cold, damnit. I just want some warmth.
This is the time of year that self care becomes a number one
priority. Here are some self care ideas to remain sane during spring of deception.
Embrace the good days
If it is above zero, get outside and get some fresh air. Even if it’s just walking to the mailbox, there is something to be said about fresh air on your face when it doesn’t hurt to go outside. In the winter we are extremely low in vitamin D, and it is crazy how much that affects our overall wellbeing
Change your space
Around this time of the year, my brain is in full spring mode. I’m completely over winter and ready for flowers and bright colours. This is usually when I go and buy décor and candles that smell florally and fresh. I buy (or bring out of storage) spring artwork for the walls, and I write a cute spring themed quote on my chalkboard in the kitchen. Surrounding myself with things that remind me of spring makes me forget *just a little* that we’re still buried under 3 feet of snow.
I don’t know about you, but I feel like my skin could crack at any moment right now. It’s been very dry this winter and it hasn’t let up yet. Take a day to take a bath in a moisturizing bath bomb, then moisturize the absolute hell out of your bod. For me, I definitely need to do this as I’m getting older. I remember as a teenager never even thinking twice about my skin and it feeling dry but the last few years have been some dry ones. I am someone who has very oily skin on my face and scalp and even that has been struggling lately.
Spend the cold days doing something you enjoy
Okay, so obviously the typical person needs to go to their job every day, but on days that you’re off or after work, spend the cold days doing something you genuinely enjoy. These days definitely take a toll on your mental health. I mean, looking outside into a grey wasteland covered in snow and ice is sad enough, but living somewhere where the air hurts your face is even worse. Read a book you enjoy, go to the gym, or write in a journal. For me, I really enjoy eating a good warm meal and cozying up next to my man and my cat to watch something on Netflix. I’m a very lazy girl, and maybe the only perk of winter is that it’s a lazy season.
Start a new hobby/project
Spring feels a lot like new beginnings and a new “life” so to speak. When the snow starts to melt, and leaves start to grow it feels like you should start something new. I don’t know if I’m making a whole lot of sense, but you might be catching my drift. In the last couple months, I’ve started using a planner. In January, I got a Hobbry planner that did the job, but didn’t have enough room for how much I like to write in it. I recently got a Happy Planner, and I love the idea that it combines scrapbooking and journaling AND planning. It’s like a cute little project I get to do every week. If you enjoy writing, or painting, or anything creative, start a new project. And if you aren’t really creative, look into new hobbies you may be interested in. It makes you feel refreshed and like you’re getting a new start.
I live in a basement apartment. It gets dusty, dark, and dingy, and I’ll be honest it sometimes sucks. But it really sucks in the winter when it’s extra dark and extra dusty and extra dingy. When the seasons start to change, I like to organize, purge, and deep clean. It just makes everything feel so much airier and puts my brain at ease. Even if its cold, I also try to open a window or two while I’m cleaning to get some fresh air flowing through the apartment.
This time of the year can be hard but there’s one quote that sticks with me when I’m feeling low, and that is “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”
Take care of yourself