15 ways to take care of yourself through the winter depression + a Spotify-playlist

A Wildflowers Home // 17 ways to take care for yourself thought he winter depression + a Spotify-playlist

If you're living in the northern part of the world like me, you're in the winter season which also means a lot less daylight. For some, this means that the mood sometimes drops a few levels.. and then it's extra important to be gentle and patient with yourself. 

Someone I know who struggles with winter depression reached out to me and asked for some advice or things to do when the winter depression is sneaking up on us. I thought she probably wasn't the only one going through this. I know what depression can feel like, but again depression feels different to different people, but I've written some things I know have either helped me or others. And even if you're not a sufferer, we all need some self-care now and then. 

There are different things that work for different kind of people. One thing can be a stress-factor for some and a stress-reliever for others. Find what works for you. Our bodies and minds respond differently to different things..

Here are some ways you can take extra good care of yourself this winter.. 

 

  • Check in with yourself. I received an advice ones, she told me that every morning before she went out of bed, she would ask herself what she had the energy to do that day. She would really check in with herself and be honest. This may take some practice, especially if you have ignored your feelings and body's needs for a long time. The less you've taken care of yourselves, the less you probably have the energy to do, but the more you practise self-care the better your body will feel. Some days don't have the energy to plan a week ahead, some days it's enough just "planning" the day in front of you. Some days it's necessary to take one day at a time. And that's o k a y .

  • Eat breakfast in bed. Some days it's just too much to leave bed, but it can also make us feel even more hopeless. Why not make your own little shelter in bed. Camp there. Bring a cup of tea (the bigger the cup the better). Sometimes I feel good enough to do some "work" (like writing a blog post) in bed. Other times all I can do is read a book or watch Netflix (but let's be mindful of what we watch, sometimes what we watch make us feel even worse about ourselves). Again, it all depends on what we need. No shame in staying in bed. ;)

  • Organise your Pinterest boards. Okay okay, listen.. for some this can feel like a totally unnecessary chore, if so.. then don't! BUT if you're like me and you like organising (bonus: while looking at pretty pictures) then I've found this is perfect for me! I still feel somehow productive and cleaning out old pins actually makes me feel a little better. It's always good cleaning out. On my Pinterest boards whenever I need inspiration, and then I always appreciate that I cleaned up (it's also interesting to see how your personal style & taste develops over time, I should totally write a blogpost about that some time!) and Pinterest's algorithms will know better what to show you.

  • Pin some quotes. ..talking about Pinterest, when I burned out last year I dedicated a whole Pinterest board to self-care. It's called // care, love + grow yourself and I'll link to it right here. So if you're in need of some self-affirmation, good quotes or just wanna read something encouraging - check it out and pin away!

  • Occupy your mind. I'm all about feeling your feelings and give yourself time to listen to what your heart is telling you aka. not pretending like you don't have feelings, BUT there are times when the mind just won't shut up. I usually explain it as "a war in my head". Only you know yourself and if you’re just avoiding feelings by numbing out. That’s on you, but please don't do that for your own good, eventually, they will find a way out. With backlash.
    When all that is said, I have days when my anxiety is sky-high and mthe wars in my head are never ending. It keeps screaming. Music doesn't even work for me on those days. On days like this, I try to distract my brain so that I drown the war going on in there. When I'm feeling like this I like listening to a podcast, reading, writing, declaring, watching something I enjoy, makes me laugh or fills me with inspiration.

  • Listen to podcasts. When music doesn't work for me, a podcast does. Then I'm focusing on someone else's voice. Or an audiobook if you're into that. And I can either learn something new, be inspired or enjoy some good entertainment.

  • Read. If you can focus enough, then read. A book (check my recommendations: "Stuff that shaped me"), a magazine, a blog, some old cards or maybe a dairy from your childhood. I've found that whenever I enter into another world my minds get occupied, just great! Or if I find a blog I really like, I keep on finding new blogposts I wanna read (I recommend Ashley Morgan Jackson and A Girl Named Leney). When all that is said, even though I love to read, sometimes I just can't. I just get too distracted all the time.. and then I forget where I left and you know.. It's better to stop and do something else for a while.

  • Write. Write something. It's a good way to get feelings out of your system. Or just get down on paper all the things swirling around in your head. If it's about a person, write them a letter and burn it.. or hide it, it's up to you. I actually wrote a letter to someone. I was tired of hearing their judging comments in my mind and needed it to stop. It actually helped me - I even shared it with you.

  • Leave a nice comment. Write a nice or encouraging comment on someone's instagram post or youtube video etc. We can all use some love and encouragement. I’m sure we’ve all recieved a compliment or comment that totally made our day. What about making someone else’s day? And what a beautiful thing it is to be supportive of others. Or maybe write a song? It works for the brilliant songwriters like Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran. Let me make it a cliche, write your heart out.

  • Watch. Your favourite YouTubers. Or a great movie (May I recommend The Shack? This is an affiliate link, but 100% my opinion)
    If I need to focus on happier things I either go to my Pinterest board dedicated to The Cat Family. Cats always make me happy. There are so many photos, memes, videos.. may I recommend videos of cats getting scared of cucumbers for an instant laugh?! They're always a joy watching. Especially when you live a place where you're not allowed pets. If you like some food for your mind I also made a playlist out of my favourite bodypositive & mental health videos.

  • Talk to someone. Skype a friend who lives far away. Call your parents or grandparents. Sometimes when we feel lonely or a bit sad is because we simply haven't spoken to a living human being.

  • Fingerpaint. I know it sounds like something a kindergarten would do, but getting all the tools away and litereally using your body, your hand, your fingers to *smoosh* out the paint. Feel the texture. Play around. Let go of all the pressure to create something pretty. Use some colours that fit your mood and make those fingers work!

  • Create a "hygge" atmosphere. It's actually gramatically incorrect, it should say "hyggelig", but since it's the noun version that's taken the world by storm, and probably the only one you recognize then I'll be a little gramatically incorrect, just for you, haha. I actually created a Pinterest board (has the fact that I'm a Pinterest freak sinked in yet? #noshame) it's called hygge by a danish girl. Yes I'm danish. I'm born in the country of hygge; Denmark. Any other danes out there? If you check out the board, you'll know it's the real deal ;) Anyways, whenever I'm feeling a bit weird or in need of some mood-boosters. I put on some of my favourite music, I light up al the candles, I mean ALL the candles, I'll find more if I need too. Make myself a hot cup of tea with milk! I might even make myself a little snack platter with whatever I find like some fruit slices, buiscuits, candy, some yoghurt with müsli.. you name it. Bring out your favourites and when you display it all on a plate it looks fancier, feels more luxurious and might even taste better (no promises). A blanket. Depending on what you need or want you can bring over a friend, a pet, a little brother, a book, a movie.. you name it, but creating a hygge-atmosphere can make it feel more homely. And a nice treat for ourselves. Sometimes just doing something for ourselves can make us feel better.

  • Listen to some upbuilding music. I don't think it's a secret that music can make us feel things and we can resonate with the words. As promised in the title, I created a spotify-playlist filled with songs that bring hope, bring courage, take away fear and makes us feel less alone or makes us wanna change the world. It's called Fight for yourself-playlists. I believe the words we say and listen to effects us more than we know. I try my best to fill my playlists with good music - especially lyric wise. There's a lot of lyrics filled with destructive thinking, not honourable and disrespectful behaviour, not to mention words I'd never say out loud.
    Feel free to share the playlist! (will continue to update it, so send me your suggestions!)

  • Create a self-care-box. Or feel-good-box. Whatever you wanna call it. Fill it with nice things. Like letters and cards you appreciate, cute notes, maybe your favourite perfume, some good-smelling soap, photos of people that make you smile, some nostalgic things from your childhood, your favourite snack (check the expiration date first!), some dried flowers, facemasks, a good hand cream, maybe even some scrubs, things that make you smile, feel better and taken care of.. you name it. I even have a album with screenshots on my phone of every time I receive a message or nice comment I wanna remember. I call it my happy album, with lots of emojis. One can never have too many emojis.

  • Paint your nails & wear some lipstick. What nonsense. You serious? Yes. I've sometimes felt a bit of shame if I used "too much" time in front of a mirror, but you know what? I've found that when I've played around with some makeup, I've actually enjoyed myself. I've used time on me. I took care of me, myself and I. Even if I were just to spend the day at home, by myself. I did it for me, not for you. Actually; painting my nails has worked as a stress-reliever for me. Such a small weird thing, but first of all; it makes me happy to look at my pretty painted nails (as long as they're not chipped), we look at them all day long and the process of creating some art on my body has made me feel better.
    I've heard others talk about the power of putting on some lipstick. It's not the lipstick in itself that brings magic, but the symbol of putting on putting on some war-paint on our lips actually does something to our psyche. Believe it or not. It's a little like putting on a uniform. If you've ever worn a uniform or if you have a special dress code to work, you know that it makes a difference. Imagine a lawyer in a jumpsuit!? Or a cop in a dress? How we dress makes us look differently at ourselves and at others. It's not just about judging people, it's about what signals we send out to ourselves and each other, but let's stay on track. Putting on a little lipstick or painting your nails may not transform you, but can make a little difference in how we proceed ourselves. And on days we might not feel like dressing up (we all have those days) a little lipstick will do.
    And you know what, you guessed it: I have a Pinterest board for that too. It's called // hair & beauty (I've organized them into different sections, so it's easier getting what you/I want ;) You're welcome)

If you've got anything you do that helps you when you're feeling low or some self-care tips, feel free to share with us in the comments. 

I wish you the best winter. I want you to know that this is a safe place. I hope you can feel less alone when you're visiting my online home. Know that the bad days won't last forever and that even the queen has days she doesn't feel good. You're not alone in this.

If it encouraged you, please share it and pass it on to people you think could need a little extra encouragement, I mean who doesn't? 


Thank you for reading. Thank you for being you!


// Line Thybo Xx


PS: if you liked the Spotify-playlist. You can pin this photo. When you click on the photo, it will send you to the Fight for yourself-playlist.

// january favourites

( there might be affiliate links in my favourites if some of them are buyable - I earn a little commission for each sale made through my affiliate links, but it won't affect your prices.)

music: united pursuit ft Andrea Marie especially; “let it happen” and “head to heart” are my favourites and probably will be for a long time. 

movie:the giver” - i love books & movies about different societies, they are realistic, yet very far from the society i’m used too. it gives me perspective and might even make me grateful for for the society i live in. this movie is one of them, starring Katie Holmes, Meryl Streep & Taylor Swift + other great actors i didn’t knew before i saw this movie. as a creative i loved how beautiful and creative this movie was, the story was a bit different, yet with a little romance in a world, that've never felt it before. it made me look at my world with different eyes. a real feel-good movie. it’s also based on a book, which in my opinion, often are the best movies.

artist: Joana Vasconcelos - on my birthday the 11th, I visited aros (art museum in aarhus). if you follow my instagram you might've seen some details from her big art-piece in the middle of the many-floored tall museum-building.  i love details and this beautiful beautiful art piece with lots of fabric and 1000s of tiny tiny details included small mirrors and lots of beads and pearls.

book: “if I stay” and the sequel “where she went” - i’m planing on starting a little book club where i (and others?) review and talk about books i’ve read, i might do one of this sequel as well, so stay tuned!

instagram: @teaheritage they make small customized tea bags in all shapes you can dream of. I'm a fan!

blog: elle & co - she is a blogging expert & the best thing is; she uses squarespace - as me! i barely know any young female blogger who uses squarespace, nonetheless blogs and advice about it. so she's a keeper! + she's authentic.

youtube: i just found the british youtuber Lucy Moon. and i just like her, her talks and authenticity + vulnerability. 

podcast: leadstories podcasts - the humorous woman Jo & Steph gets serious about leading as a woman. not many places you hear wisdom from leading woman.

beauty product: my new (and first) lipstick (read more on insta here). it was a fun and brave choice for me. it's a bit dark, and have a colour of a little purple-plummy-ish? goes great with my newly coloured purple hair!

snack: just posted a story on my insta today about some big soft cookies with white chocolate and berries! berries are underrated in cookies - YUM!

 

that's my favourites this month . What are yours?

// xx Line <3

 

 

// 22 accomplishments at 22

it's been a week since my 22nd birthday the 11th of january, do i have a birthday-twin out there? please, make yourself known, i don't know anyone yet. i'm also slooowly getting used to the new number, anyone else finding that hard? my 21st year, was probably my hardest year yet, so this year I decided to look at some at the things that happened to me // accomplished as a 21 year old with a grateful heart, so I also can remember and focus on the good things that happened to me that year.
 

  1. i lived in 3 different countries - norway, poland and denmark.
  2. i started learning my 5th language; polish - I speak danish, norweigan & english fluently/native and german "pretty basic" (understand best when i read) + a little bittle polish now too.
  3. i moved to my 3rd country - this was the year that i moved to eastern europe; poland. on e of the biggest cities called lublin. so beautiful, charming city. i will defiantly write posts about this city later on!
  4. i leaded my 1st team trip at all + my 1st overseas - one in norway + one in denmark - where i even got to share my heart with some amazing young danes.
  5. i tried a lot of mutant interpretations; norwegian - english (and vice versa) as a part of an internship on an international bibleschool + "normal" interpretation - from a stage though - from norwegian to danish at a conference (that felt weird btw) the thing is that norwegian and danish are basically the same, but i use my tongue very different, when talking.
  6. represented my bibleschool in stavanger at impuls - a big christian youth conference in norway, but it came with a prize; 13 hour trip that normally takes about 5, car broke down twice, a storm cancelled one of our ferries which meant we had to drive a 5 hour longer detour, crashed the car in a mini parking house, got low blood sugar + broke our candy bowl, hah. but it all ended good and i got closer to an amazing woman who was my partner in crime during the whole time.
  7. i met a lot of new friends from all over the world! - poland, ukraine, phillipines, america, denmark, norway, sweden, england, germany, canada, mexico.. to name a "few".
  8. became a full time volunteering missionary - for about half a year on the east coast in a big city called lublin in poland. which leads me too..
  9. i launched my blog - if that step hadn't happened you my dear reader, wouldn't be hear. and i wouldn't write this - so thanks for reading along!
  10. i got insta-serious - not exactly sure what that means, but i decided to get more serious, i read a lot of articles, blogs and guides on instagram this summer, met some new insta-friends, learned about hashtags and insta-themes (finally landed on enouraging 90s grunge), grown over 300 new followers + got over 400 likes for the first time on this photo of my mom. find me here if you haven't already!
  11. created my art account on instagram; @handmade_bymidnight - i wanted to be a part of a community on insta + have a place to show my art and connect with likeminded artists and have a place to get feedback + hold myself accountable to; check it out here and make me happy! the name? i make a lot of things with my hands, and around midnight is usually where my creativity and hands floooooow.
  12. became a social media manager - i started and/or managed a instagram account, facebook page, news blog + filmed, edited and posted news and testimony videos and photos - interesting doing it for an organisation and not just myself.
  13. learned a lot about communication - the good, the bad and the ugly way. but most importantly i learned what it looks like when it works and when it doesn't. i learned this the really hard way, but it's some valuable lessons & great tools i'm very grateful for.
  14. wrote my first newsletters ever - as a part of being a missionary we wrote monthly newsletters to those who signed up for them. it was both a privilegde and scary writing about me, my experienced and things that happened both in my life and in the missionary work that we did. i guess it was good training for one day opening a newsletter for my blog, maybe?
  15. visited dresden on my first morningstar conference - if you haven't read rick joiner's book - you need to go google him. his books changed my life in my teen years + his prophetic ministry; morningstar - is worth following and learning from. bonus: i also got to see dresden by day! beautiful city with lots of history and unique buildings. 
  16. the age i discovered body positivity and finally accepted that i could love my body & that it is a life long journey, but it's totally worth it. thanks to all you brave instagrammers out there who change the world, one body at the time!
  17. roadtrippin' from east poland to east germany - that bus ride (2 busses) took me 14 hours - if i had a car it would've taken about 8 hours.. at least i didn't have to drive and could enjoy the ride + i had wifi the first 9 hours!
  18. took a big stand for myself - i finally realized that i had put myself and my body last on my priority range, it came with a huge cost - I'm still paying for it - but i would pay an even higher prize if i hadn't said stop (read more about that in my last post)
  19. invested in a (life important) heart course - with christa black gifford. she's a hero and she's probably the most authentic, raw and transparent person i've ever experienced. google her, read, listen & learn everything you can from her. it's life changing! should probably mention that it's not about h physical heart, but learning to listen to your heart, your self and your wounds - which is where your reactions, feelings and emotions comes from. it's all about the inner life. we go to the doctor when we break our leg, but we do nothing when our heart breaks, something is wrong and she's changing the world, one heart at the time.. maybe your heart is next?
  20. got a new family member - 17th of september my first niece was born. oh happy day! i've never seen such a cliché dad as my brother, but i love it. if you read this bro, you're a cute dad!
  21. achieved a child wish and got my first polaroid camera! - my whole childhood, teenage years + young adult life i was looking forward to the day i would hold my first polaroid camera - and yay for me cause they just got back in store and i got my dear instax mini 90 neo classic  - the brown one. you can see my first experiments so far here, here & here.
  22. coloured my hair purple - on my last day i coloured my hair purple and bought myself a dark(er) lip stick - my first actually.. I made a whole Insta-post on that here. new year, new me, right? 

januarykids, what accomplishments have you done this past year of yours? and when is your birthday? anyone an 11th like me?

xx Line