Hooray, it’s January!

Yeah…you’re probably not feeling it. After all, the holiday festivities are over, the days are darker, and for most of us, it’s colder. This may sound a little depressing, but there are simple ways to fend off the dreaded winter blues. While these tips may not make January your new favorite month, incorporating a few could lift your spirits. At least until we can say, hooray, it’s spring!

Brighten Up Your Day

Whether it’s the beginning of summer or the dead of winter, bringing sunshine into your house brightens your home and your mood. Studies have shown that light of any kind boosts your Vitamin D levels, which play a role in bone health and mental well being. Consider opening the blinds and sitting closer to your windows and artificial light. Seasonal depression will have no place with ample exposure to the sun.

Balance Your Diet

Now that the holiday parties are behind you and your schedule is back to normal, there is no better time to stabilize your diet. What you eat can greatly affect your mood and drive, so the right diet is necessary to curb any signs of the winter blues. Incorporate complex carbohydrates like whole wheat bread, brown rice, and potatoes, while adding green veggies and citrus fruits to your diet. 

This doesn’t mean you can’t spoil yourself every now and then. Sweets and fatty foods can be very enticing the more you’re kept inside. Don’t ban them from your kitchen; just be choosy as to when it’s the right time to indulge a little bit.

 

Get Active

winter_running_resized.jpgDon’t let the cold keep you from enjoying the outdoors. Bundling up and establishing an outdoor routine like going for a morning walk or run can keep your energy levels up. Taking up a new outdoor activity like skiing or ice skating can be fun and challenging. If you choose to stay inside, bring your workout to your living room, bedroom, or basement. By creating and sticking to an exercise regimen, you aren’t letting one of the biggest enablers of the winter blues win: the couch.

 

Stick to Your Resolutions

Whether you’re planning on kicking a bad habit like procrastination or starting a good one such as meeting new people, stay on track with them. Even more, be proactive in your pursuit of keeping them by making your resolution a hobby of sorts. This will give you a sense of accomplishment and keep you motivated. A fun idea to try is teaming up with a friend who has a resolution, and be each other’s biggest supporter.

 

Treat Yourself

In the winter months, it’s especially important to have things on your calendar you can look forward to doing. Consider planning a weekend getaway, a spa day, or a sporting event or group events like parties, game night, or a girls/guys night out. Having fun can actually reduce stress and build excitement on even the bleakest of days.

The winter sounds kind of fun all of a sudden, doesn’t it? Try a couple of these out and let us know how you do!

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