Comfort travel nurse tips for overcoming the winter blues

The winter months and celebrating the holidays can be joyful and full of adventure, but for many, the long winter season brings changes that take a while to adjust mentally. We’ve compiled some tips and ideas for overcoming the winter blues that’ll be sure to put a little pep in your step!

Cozy Environment

One of the first steps to overcoming the winter blues is to make your living space warm and inviting. Invest in soft blankets, plush pillows and scented candles to create a cozy ambiance. Consider setting up a comfortable reading nook with a chair in natural lighting or set under a lamp for reading. Simplify your space by only bringing the essentials to your next assignment, minimizing clutter and maximizing comfort.


Discover joy in winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding or ice skating. Set time aside to engage in indoor exercises like yoga, cycling, or home workouts to keep your body and mind active. Challenge your mind with puzzles or games, and participate in activities that bring you happiness, such as listening to records, painting or baking.

Comfort food & drink

Treat yourself to hot beverages like tea, cocoa and coffee. Take time to experiment with new winter recipes and savor a meal that you look forward to trying. Incorporate mood-boosting and heart healthy foods rich in vitamin D and B12 and colorful fruits and veggies containing antioxidants rich for health.

Goal setting

Setting goals during winter can provide a sense of purpose and motivation. Focus on personal development by learning new skills and pursuing hobbies. Invest in a new journal or notebook for a fresh start, and structure your lists in a way that allows you to check off accomplishments, creating a rush of dopamine and a sense of achievement.

Light Therapy

Another way to overcome the winter blues is to maximize exposure to natural light. Spend time outdoors when the sun is shining and utilize light therapy lamps to offset the effects of reduced sunlight. Open blinds to let in natural light at home, and strategically place lamps with warm lighting throughout your living space to make winter nights feel a little shorter.


Volunteering is a way to connect and make new friends in the community. Check out events at local libraries, consider volunteering at an animal shelter, or contact senior living centers to offer assistance and see if the residents need anything—research community events to find opportunities to connect with others and make a positive impact giving back.

In Conclusion…

By creating a cozy environment, indulging in comfort food, setting goals and always having something to look forward to, you can transform the winter blues into a season of personal growth and connection. We want to help you make the most of your travel nursing experience during the colder months.

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