Beating the Winter Blues: Natural Ways to Boost Your Energy

February 2, 2024

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As the winter months roll in, bringing shorter days and colder nights, many of us find our energy levels dipping just as the mercury does. It’s not just about the physical chill in the air; it’s also about the mental and emotional frost that can settle in, making us feel sluggish and unmotivated. I’ve been there, too, feeling the weight of the winter blues in the lowcountry of South Carolina. But over the years, I’ve discovered some natural ways to boost my energy and keep my spirits high, even when the temperatures are low.

Simple Daily Routines to Lift Your Mood

In the heart of winter, when the world outside seems to slow down, there’s an opportunity for us to do the same – to reflect, recharge, and find joy in the little things. For me, one of the most effective ways to lift my spirits is through simple, daily routines.

Journaling and Devotion

Each day starts with a moment for myself – journaling and reading my Bible or a devotion. This practice isn’t just about religious study; it’s a way to connect with my inner self and with God. It sets a positive tone for the day, reminding me of the bigger picture and the blessings in my life.

Acts of Kindness

Another routine that has profoundly impacted my life is setting a goal to do something kind for someone every day. It could be as simple as a compliment or helping a neighbor. These acts of kindness not only brighten someone else’s day but also bring a sense of fulfillment and happiness to my own.

Limiting Technology

In our always-connected world, it’s easy to get lost in the digital space. I’ve found that setting time restrictions on social media and technology use opens up more space for personal growth and family time. It’s a way to disconnect from the noise and reconnect with what truly matters.

Disconnecting and Being Creative

And when the day’s work is done, I make it a point to disconnect from all devices. This is my time to be creative, to engage in hobbies that don’t demand completion – like reading a book or knitting. It’s not about being productive; it’s about being present in the moment, doing something I love.

These routines may seem small, but their impact is significant. They remind me that even in the depths of winter, there is warmth and light to be found – in the pages of a book, in the smile of a loved one, in the quiet beauty of a snowy evening.

Maintaining Motivation and Productivity

Winter can sometimes feel like a long, continuous night, where motivation ebbs and daylight seems scarce. However, I’ve found ways to keep my spirits up and stay productive, even during these chilly months.

The 15-Minute List

One of my favorite techniques is the ’15-minute list’. It’s a simple yet effective tool where I list tasks that take no more than 15 minutes to complete. This might include scheduling a dentist appointment, drafting a quick email, or planning a meeting agenda. The beauty of this list is that it breaks down overwhelming tasks into manageable chunks, making it easier to get things done without feeling drained.

Taking Sporadic Days Off

Another strategy that has worked wonders for me is taking sporadic days off throughout the season. These aren’t just breaks; they are mini vacations for my soul. They give me something to look forward to and allow me to reset and re-energize. Whether it’s curling up with a good book, spending time with my daughters, or just enjoying the quiet of my home, these days off are essential for maintaining my mental and physical well-being.

Enjoying Winter’s Unique Opportunities

Winter, with its slower pace and longer nights, offers unique opportunities for rest and rejuvenation. It’s a time to reflect, to plan, and to dream. Embracing the season rather than fighting it can be a powerful way to maintain motivation and productivity.

These methods have helped me stay on track during the winter months. They remind me that productivity isn’t just about doing more; it’s about doing what’s meaningful.

Faith in Overcoming Winter Blues

The cold and dreary winter months can sometimes make us feel isolated and overwhelmed. During these times, I turn to my faith for warmth and guidance. It’s a source of constant strength and reassurance, no matter how harsh the winter gets.

Constant in Changing Seasons

In the midst of winter’s ever-changing conditions, I am reminded that Jesus is constant. His presence is like a steady flame, unwavering and always illuminating. This gives me comfort, knowing that even when the world around me is cold and barren, His love and warmth are ever-present.

Finding Meaning in Winter’s Stillness

The Hebrew word for winter, ‘choreph,’ suggests a time of inundation and overflow. It’s during these overwhelming times that I find solace in God’s word. Verses like Psalm 42:11, “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!” and Romans 15:13, “I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit,” resonate deeply with me.

Winter as a Season of Deep Rest

I believe winter is a season meant for deep rest – a time to nurture, restore, and ground ourselves. It’s an opportunity to calm our nervous systems, which are often worn out from a year full of life, growth, and challenges. Embracing the tranquility of winter allows me to recharge and prepare for the seasons ahead.

Through faith and spirituality, I find the strength to not only endure the winter months but to thrive in them. It’s a time to reflect, to find peace in stillness, and to be rejuvenated by the unwavering love and hope that faith brings.

A Turning Point at a Youth Conference

One of my most profound winter experiences occurred at a youth conference named Accelerant, held in the chilly climes of Gatlinburg. Every year, at the end of January and the start of February, I take a group of students from our church to this conference. Despite the freezing temperatures, these trips have always been filled with warmth from the energy and enthusiasm of the teens.

A Moment of Realization

Four years ago, at this very conference, I experienced a pivotal moment. That year, my energy was at a historic low. I remember opting out of a walk around downtown Gatlinburg because I just didn’t have the energy. Back at the hotel, one of my teens took a candid photo of me, and when I saw it, I hardly recognized myself. It was a wake-up call.

Beginning of a Health Journey

That moment marked the start of my journey towards better health. I decided to try ketones, a decision that significantly impacted my energy levels and overall well-being. That conference, with its vibrant spirit and youthful energy, was not just a place for spiritual rejuvenation for the teens; it was also where I found the motivation to take control of my health.


Winter, with its shorter days and colder nights, can sometimes make us feel isolated and low on energy. But it also offers unique opportunities for reflection, rest, and rejuvenation. Whether it’s through physical activity, diet changes, daily routines, or spiritual nourishment, there are countless ways to beat the winter blues and boost your energy naturally.

As we navigate these colder months, let’s remember to find joy in the simple things, to cherish the quiet moments, and to draw strength from our faith. Winter is not just a season to endure; it’s a season to embrace, to grow, and to thrive in our own unique ways.

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