10 helpful tips to Fight the Winter Blues

If you’re starting to feel like nothing but a very full, very strong pot of coffee will get you out of bed, join the club. Holiday bills are high, temperatures are low, and the days are way too short. Here are some  scientifically proven ways to lift your spirits and ease the mid-winter blues. 

1. Make your environment brighter.When your body is craving more daylight, sitting next to an artificial light—also called a light box—for 30 minutes per day can be as effective as antidepressant medication. Opening blinds and curtains, trimming back tree branches, and sitting closer to windows can also help provide an extra dose of sunshine.

2. Eat smarter.Certain foods, like chocolate, can help to enhance your mood and relieve anxiety. Other foods, like candy and carbohydrates provide temporary feelings of euphoria, but could ultimately increase feelings of anxiety and depression.

3. Simulate dawn.People with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a form of depression that usually begins in late fall or early winter and fades as the weather improves, may feel depressed, irritable, lethargic, and have trouble waking up in the morning—especially when it’s still dark out. Studies show that a dawn simulator, a device that causes the lights in your bedroom to gradually brighten over a set period of time, can serve as an antidepressant and make it easier to get out of bed

4. Exercise.A 2015 study from Harvard University suggests walking fast for about 35 minutes a day five times a week or 60 minutes a day three times a week improved symptoms of mild to moderate depression.

5. Turn on the tunes.In a 2013 study, researchers showed that listening to upbeat or cheery music significantly improved participant’s mood in both the short and long term.

6. Plan a vacation.Longing for sunnier days at the beach? Research shows that the simple act of planning a vacation causes a significant increase in overall happiness.

7. Vacation not in the cards? try something more short term ... like a spa day, research has found that selecting time just for yourself to be alone and the feeling of being pampered lifts your mood instantaneously and is healthy for both physical and mental well-being.

8. Take a day trip - enjoy the outdoors, build a snowman, have a snow fight, go ice fishing, skiing, or just play outside... ever notice how happy kids are to be playing outside?

9. Help others- Research shows that volunteering or helping the elderly boost your own self-esteem and mood. 

10. Get together- It's never to cold to invite friends over for dinner, or out for a walk; getting together with close one's is a sure way to beat the blues TOGETHER! Friends busy? Join a club that interest you and make new friends, the more happy people you surround yourself with the happier you'll be!

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