February and March are tough months. The winter seems to be never-ending, we’re tired of snow, and where are those spring flowers? Caregiving can become challenging during this time of year, especially if your clients are tired of being cooped up indoors and you’re feeling tired or worn out.
Try these five techniques to beat the winter blues and think spring – even if it’s still snowing out.
Pot bulbs indoors – The weather outside may not be ready for flowers, but you can pot bulbs indoors to bring some color and life into the space. This is a great activity for a quiet afternoon, especially if you’re missing being outdoors and spending time in the garden.
Lighting to brighten up rooms – Turning on the lights can make a big difference in the atmosphere – and our moods. Use lighting to brighten up any room that you’re spending time in. Small desk lamps can add atmosphere, while larger floor lamps are great for really adding brightness to a space.
You may also want to consider purchasing a light therapy lamp or light box to supplement the limited daylight that you’re exposed to during the winter. Light therapy may help with depression.
Play upbeat music – Don’t forget that your music choices can affect your mood, too. Play some of your favorite upbeat music, and get moving. Music can have a huge influence on how you’re feeling, so make a point of incorporating some up-tempo songs that you love each day.
Wear bright clothing – Not only will bright clothing have you thinking positively about spring’s arrival, but it can help to boost your mood, too. Pinks, yellows, light blues, oranges? It’s time to get them out of your closet and wear them proudly.
Wear fragrances and hand creams – Choosing a fragrance or hand cream with a scent you associate with spring can boost your mood.
Spring really will be here before we know it. Keep thinking positive and put these five tips to work to help beat the winter blues.