Here we are in the thick of winter. Last week I heard some depressing news (at least some would think so) from a meteorologist on the radio. He said that this unsettled weather that we have been experiencing lately will probably not let up until early March. Woohoo! Yes, I like snow! However, I realize that the winter time – with the cold weather, short days and being snowed in – is not for everybody and some of us really do experience the wintertime blues.
Here are some ideas that might help with the wintertime blues:
1) Change the furniture around in the house so you can be in the sunlight as much as possible.
2) Start making summer vacation plans so that you can get your mind off of the cold.
3) Start making plans for your garden and flowerbed.
4) Spend time with people.
5) Eat healthy and exercise (outside when possible).
Note: These were my ideas, so don’t take them as professional counseling advice.
Spiritually speaking, we might have wintertime blues as well and they don’t always appear in the winter. We might simply be going through a challenging time, dealing with a tragedy, struggling with sin or just feeling distant from God.
Here are some ideas that might help with the spiritual wintertime blues:
1. Get into God’s Word – read the Psalms and make them your own. Read them as a praise to God. Praising God even when we don’t feel like it can change our attitude and perspective.
2. Pray – not just going over a list of needs and concerns, but interact with God. Ask Him questions, tell Him how you feel. Talk to Him, but also listen for Him to speak to you, not necessarily in audible ways, but through your thoughts and experiences. Remember He can be your friend that sticks closer than a brother (see Proverbs 18:24).
3. Be with people – I know I mentioned this for dealing with physical wintertime blues, but God created us to be relational people and having healthy relationships with others is part of being whole. God also uses others in our lives to draw us closer to Him.
4. Count your blessings – I remember going through a difficult and frustrating time in my life and someone reminded me of my blessings. We need to focus on all that God has given us.
5. Go for a walk in nature – realizing the beauty of God’s creation, but also how He provides for the wildlife. How much more will he take care of you (see Matthew 6:25-27)?
We all know life is full of ups and downs, the most important thing to remember about the down times is that you are not alone. God is there for you through those times, providing encouragement, strength and hope.