From icy temperatures that make you want to curl up indoors all day, to the increased amount of darkness that seems to steal your daytime productivity, winter often leaves a lot of us feeling gloomy. Think you’ve got a case of the winter blues? Take a look at how we suggest coping below.
1. Increase your exposure to light.
Shorter bouts of daylight can leave anybody feeling down. One way people combat this feeling is by making sure they’re taking advantage of those few hours of sunshine, even if it just means choosing a seat by the window. If that’s not an option for you, you can also look into using a light therapy box. Basically, it’s a bright light you can place on your desk that mimics the sunlight.
2. Practice Hygge.
How do the Danish stay so happy through the cold and dark days? They’ve actually created a whole lifestyle around it. Hygge basically means embracing the feeling of coziness, living in the moment, and enjoying all of the simple pleasures in life. Think sipping tea by a fire, curling up with a good book, and enjoying the peace and calm of a quiet night.
Staying active is a great way to release those feel-good endorphins no matter what time of year it is, but it’s especially helpful in the winter when you need an extra pick-me-up. Plus, it’ll definitely keep you from getting that irritable, stir-crazy feeling you get when you stay cooped up indoors too long.
4. Stay productive.
Productivity often diminishes in the winter. When it’s cold and dark out, it makes sense that you’d want to head straight for your bed when you can. But even if you just cross a few simple tasks off of your to-do list, creating that sense of accomplishment can give you the mood boost you need.
5. Plan things you can look forward to.
In the summer, there are constantly plenty of fun-in-the-sun activities to look forward to. In the winter? Not so much. The greatest thing we look forward to is often getting back home to our own beds. Can you see why the winter blues is so common? It may take a bit more effort, but start planning more fun activities you can look forward to. Movie nights, dinner plans, skiing excursions…You get the gist of it.
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