Improve Your Mood: Combat the Winter Blues
Turn that frown upside down with these simple tips and tricks to boost your mood.
It’s cold, miserable, and quite frankly, you’re so over it. Instead of going into hibernation mode for the rest of the season, here are practical tips to weave your way through winter with a sunny disposition.
Soak Up the Sun
Besides giving you essential vitamin D, bright sunlight, research shows, helps trigger the release of serotonin, a chemical that contributes to well-being and happiness. Usually eat lunch at your desk? Try bundling up and taking a walk instead. Make the sun your new bestie.
Let There Be Light
While catching sun rays is ideal, winter’s shorter days (how is it pitch black at 4:30 pm?) makes it tough to do. Sometimes you’re just stuck at home (hopefully not snowed in!), so what then? The answer: Get a light that mimics sunlight. Choose one that fits your light intensity needs best (consult your doctor if necessary).
Take Your Vitamins
Use this time to stock up on vitamins! While vitamin D keeps bones strong, omega-3 fatty acids and B-complex vitamins can help regulate brain chemicals that influence mood.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Move It or Lose It
According to studies, physical activity (yes, we mean exercise!) increases endorphins and activates the feel-good parts of your brain. So get fit and don’t quit!
Invest in Rest
We’re all for the idea that getting more sleep can solve almost anything. If you feel emotionally beaten down after a poor night’s rest, a few simple changes to your bedroom and routine can turn things around so you can get your zzzz’s on.
Fresh fragrances like lavender or lemon can help you relax. Oil diffusers are great for bringing soothing scents to your room.