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January and February often feel like challenging months for many of us. We’re mid-way through winter, not quite feeling the warmth of Spring, and it just feels kinda blah.

After a joyous holiday season filled with parties, gift-giving, and festivities, we’re suddenly back to our daily routines, and in many areas, dealing with cold and snowy weather, which can bring you down even further.

This collective feeling of letdown is what’s commonly referred to as the “Mid-Winter Blues.” But fear not, there are ways to conquer this seasonal slump, and continue your enthusiasm for the start of a new year and all its possibilities.

Let’s discuss the Mid-Winter Blues, understand why it’s essential to address the condition, and provide some practical solutions and actions to lift your spirits and make the most out of this time.

Why the “Mid-Winter Blues” Matter

Experiencing the Mid-Winter Blues is a normal occurrence, and it happens every year. It’s crucial to recognize and address your feelings because they can significantly impact your well-being and your outlook on the year ahead.

Prolonged periods of feeling low can affect your mental and emotional health. The Blues can make it challenging to set and commit to positive goals and intentions. To ensure a fulfilling and dynamic life, it’s vital to tackle the Mid-Winter Blues head-on and proactively seek ways to overcome them.

5 Ways to Overcome the Mid-Winter Blues:

While feeling the Mid-Winter Blues is perfectly normal, you don’t have to stay in them. You can decide to NOT fall victim to negative feelings and instead exercise your power and strength to create a more positive and productive environment.

Spring isn’t that far away, but it sure can feel that way. I live in New England, and when January and February are dragging on endlessly, I’m ready to start a new round of activity and encouragement. Choose one or more of the suggestions below to boost your spirits and renew your joy and enthusiasm for life:

  1. Host Your Own Mid-Winter Blues Buster Party: If you’re feeling down during this month, consider throwing a party of your own to keep your spirits high.

    It doesn’t need to be a grand or expensive affair; inviting a few close friends or family members is all it takes. Creating a fun, uplifting, and positive atmosphere can help combat the Mid-Winter Blues and give you an opportunity to connect with loved ones.
  2. Plan a Winter Escape or Day Trips: If you have the financial means, planning a warm getaway to a new destination can be an excellent way to beat the Mid-Winter Blues.

    However, if traveling isn’t in your budget, consider taking short day trips to explore the attractions near your area. You might be surprised by the hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

    Additionally, small-town overnight stays can be both affordable and enjoyable. January and February are typically not peak travel months, allowing you to snag great deals.
  3. Cultivate Social Connections: Loneliness can worsen the feelings of the Mid-Winter Blues. Make it a priority to spend time with family and friends during this time.

    Aim to meet new people at least once a week, if not more. And if your usual social circle is unavailable, seize the opportunity to make new friends. Many individuals are also seeking companionship during this season, provide an excellent chance to forge new connections that can help brighten January and February.
  4. Discover a New Hobby: Engaging in hobbies or activities that encourage interaction with others can be a fantastic way to combat the Mid-Winter Blues.

    Whether it’s joining a club, taking up a new indoor sport, or participating in group activities, such pursuits not only provide an opportunity to meet like-minded individuals but also serve as an effective distraction from the slower pace of mid-winter.

    Exploring new interests can bring excitement and fulfillment to this otherwise dull period, and you can find great deals since the “New Year, New You” crush is likely to be waning.
  5. Journaling and Affirmations for Positivity: Recharge your personal development efforts by incorporating (or renewing) your journaling practice and include affirmations in your daily routine.

    Start by jotting down your feelings and thoughts about the Mid-Winter Blues. Then follow up by creating affirmations that focus on resilience, optimism, and embracing the possibilities of the new year. Journaling can be a powerful tool to gain insights into your emotions and navigate through challenging periods like this.

Journaling Prompts to Beat the Mid-Winter Blues

Use one or more of these prompts to start or deepen your personal journaling practice. Give yourself time to think about what the prompt brings up for you and explore your feelings on paper. If you need a journal, click HERE to see our available journals.

  1. What specific aspects of the Mid-Winter Blues do I find most challenging, and why?
  2. How can I make the most of this period to set a positive tone for the rest of the year?
  3. Who are the people I want to connect with in the next month or two? How can I initiate these interactions?
  4. What new hobby or activity have I always wanted to explore, and how can I get started?
  5. How can I incorporate journaling and affirmations into my daily routine to boost my mood and self-esteem?

Affirmations to Beat the Mid-Winter Blues

Read the set of related affirmations below aloud. It’s important to your conscious and subconscious mind to hear the affirmations said in your own voice. Choose one or two of the affirmations from the set to start working with. You only need one or two affirmations, used consistently, to make a substantial change in your life.

Choose one affirmation that feels easy to you and choose another that generates resistance or disbelief. The idea is to practice extending your current self-imposed limits and encourage growth.

Say your chosen affirmation loud enough for your mind to hear your voice saying the words and take notice of how you feel as you begin and as you continue your practice. Repeat your chosen affirmation multiple times a day for at least 30 days and reinforce your affirmation by writing it in your journal.

You can change your life by beginning an affirmation practice – using one or two favorite affirmations over the course of 30 to 60 days can permanently change your mindset and your life.

  1. I embrace the opportunities of a fresh start and new explorations in mid-winter.
  2. I am resilient, and I can conquer the Mid-Winter Blues with positivity and enthusiasm.
  3. Each day in a new year brings new possibilities and reasons to smile.
  4. I am surrounded by warmth and joy, even in the coldest of months.
  5. I nurture my connections with loved ones and create meaningful moments.

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About the Author Dianne M Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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