The winter months of January to March can be difficult for many people. The winter blues can be a real hard truth. It’s not surprising – the weather is cold and unpleasant, and the days are so short. For lots of people, the end of the holiday season can be hard, too. In fact, the third Monday in January is commonly referred to as Blue Monday. Although there isn’t much hard science to back up this day as being the most depressing of the year, the winter seasons after the holidays are known for being the hardest for many people.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) impacts a lot of people during these months. SAD is a type of depression associated with changes in seasons. It can make you feel exhausted, tearful, depressed, and generally very low. Some people experience it more than others.
Fight Back Against the Blues
If you’re looking to battle the winter blues, taking care of yourself is important. Experts recommend you don’t worry about setting yourself major new year’s resolutions that are challenging. Instead, focus on simple self care, and fit some fun and positive activities into your daily routine. That’s where crafting projects and DIY wreath making can really be a balm to the soul!
Focus on Self Care
The dark days of winter mean you probably aren’t getting enough sunlight That’s certainly true where Unique in the Creek is based in the Niagara Region of Canada. The grey skies are strongly linked with seasonal affective disorder, and can really make you feel low.
A bit of colour around the house can really do wonders for your mood. While fresh flowers are nice, we all know how quickly they can die. That’s why making a flower wreath is so nice! You don’t have to water it and one wreath is impactful enough to equal a giant bouquet of flowers. Colour plays a strong role in emotions so this is a great time of year to make a bright pink, red, or yellow flower wreath for maximum impact.
Looking forward to something, and planning fun activities or events help focus you on more positive times, to pull through the darker, dismal days. That could be something big, like planning a vacation, but planning crafting and wreath projects for spring and Easter can be equally as effective for your mood.
Focus on Fun
Getting a little colour in your life and home is a great way to beat the blues, and experts suggest it’s actually surprisingly effective. Pair that with a creative activity that you enjoy and you can double down on the winter blues.
Set aside a little time for yourself for some hands-on creativity. We recommend making a beautiful DIY flower wreath. It could be our signature rose, a sunflower wreath, a daisy, or another favourite flower. The resulting wreath will brighten up your home, and you’ll have fun doing it. Every time you look at it, you can feel proud knowing you made it yourself with your own hands and that satisfaction can also be great for your mood
Hobbies keep you busy when it’s yucky out and doing something for yourself really does help you feel better. Crafts and wreath making are especially good for mental health. In fact, research indicates that crafts of any type improve your mood and self-confidence, while lowering stress overall. Win:win!
You can see why crafts like these beautiful flower wreaths are great for bolstering your mood. They look cheery, and will remind you of springtime to come. (Looking forward to things is another way experts recommend combating winter and seasonal depression).
Be sure to check out our Wreath Kits to see what flowers and designs are currently in stock.
Mood Boosting Activities in Winter
Wreath making is a great way to create a bit of “you time”, and that’s good for your mental health and spiritual health. It’s so easy to focus on responsibilities to everyone else, but trust us when we say that it’s important to prioritize yourself too.
In addition to decorating your own home, it can feel great to give at this time of year. You’re not the only one who is feeling low at this time of year. Perk up a friend who is also fighting the winter blues by making a wreath for their home. They’ll appreciate the thoughtfulness, and you can feel good about it too, while enjoying the wreath making process.
So perk yourself up, and get wreathing! A flower wreath will make you feel boosted in no time.
Just getting started? You’ll find everything you need in our shop and be sure to check out our YouTube channel for hundreds of free tutorials and replays so you can follow along and learn our unique wreath making process.
And remember, you’re feeling depressed, be sure to talk to someone. You don’t have to go it alone.