How to Beat the Winter Blues
While the days are technically getting longer at this point, it may not feel like it. The short hours of daylight combined with the post-holiday letdown can often have people feeling a bit down in the dumps. If you frequently find yourself wishing for warmer days full of sunshine, here are a few tips on how to beat the winter blues.
- Brighten your day. Try to get as much natural sunlight as you can by sitting next to windows and opening the blinds. In addition, sitting by a light box for half an hour a day can be very effective.
- Keep moving. Taking a brisk walk three to five times a week for 35-60 minutes, especially if it’s under bright lights, can help battle any seasonal depression you may be feeling. This is especially effective if done outdoors.
- Listen to music. Music is one of the easiest ways to set a mood. Research has shown that listening to upbeat music can have both short and long term effects on a person’s mood.
- Do things for others. By focusing on other people’s needs, you can often improve your mental health and feel more satisfied.
- Plan some fun. While taking a vacation is fun, sometimes, just the act of planning one can make you feel happier since it gives you something to look forward to.
How do you help yourself feel cheerier during the long winter months?