Practical Tips to Beat the Winter Blues

8 tips to turn your winter around

“Oh, the weather outside it frightful” and you’re feeling less than delightful. Sound about right?

Well, you’re not alone. Studies suggest that more than half the population report having some form of the winter blues. Darker mornings, less daylight and colder weather make it harder to be outside and can make us feel less motivated to do most anything.

Here are some tips to help you combat the blues and instead enjoy the wintery months to come.

  1. Let the sun shine in
    Make your home and work environment brighter. Install lighter curtains, sit closer to the window, open the blinds and let the natural light come in.
  2. Cook and eat better
    The winter is a great time to try new recipes and experiment in the kitchen. Why not call up your Grandma and ask her to walk you through making your favorite childhood dish. This is sure to bring back some fond memories and brighten up both of your days.
  3. Get moving
    Are you guilty of choosing the couch over the treadmill? Find an indoor activity that you actually enjoy doing. When you take the work out of a workout it becomes something you look forward to doing and the rush of endorphins will boost your mood long after your done. With no shortage of options, from yoga to cycling to swimming to indoor tennis to trampoline parks and cross-fit, you’re sure to find something that suits your interests.
  4. Crank the tunes
    You know how driving is better with music? Well so are most other things. Turn on your favorite playlist, sing along…even have a little dance party.
  5. Help others
    There are many people around the city that are feeling this cold stretch too. Why not head out to the local shelter and offer your time to help make the winter a little easier for someone else. Plus, volunteering your time to help others can improve your own mental health and how satisfied you feel with life.
  6. Start a project and see it through to the end
    You know that closet you’re scared to open for fear of an avalanche? Now is the perfect time to dive in and finally organize it. You may even find some long, lost treasures. Regardless, you are sure to feel a sense of relief and accomplishment once the job is done.
  7. Get outside (when you can)Dig out the layers, bundle up and get outside. Go for a walk, build a snowman or head down to the neighborhood skating rink. Even a small amount of fresh air will give you lasting benefits.
  8. Plan a trip
    When all else fails, get out of town. You don’t have to go far. Whether you head to the tropics or a ski lodge an hour away, a change of atmosphere will give you a break and help reset your mood.

Like it or not, winter is here to stay for awhile longer, so we may as well make the best of it. These small changes are sure to lighten your mood and help get you through the blues.

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