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Tips to Feel Happy When You Have the Winter Blues

Do you ever get tired of looking at dark skies and battling the freezing temperature every time you open your door?

According to WebMD, seasonal affective disorder, or the winter blues, “often starts in the fall and may continue into the winter months.” In most cases, “symptoms include fatigue, depression, hopelessness, and social withdrawal”.

“When you realize how perfect everything is, you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” ~ Buddha


Next time you feel yourself settling into a snappy or grumpy mood, try some of these tips and blast away your winter blues!

Eat yourself into a good mood
Now we aren’t recommending gorging on unhealthy, fatty and sugary foods all day. Some of our favorite comfort foods can be good for us! Try finding food that you love that also include nutrients such as omega 3 fatty acids, whole grains, and fresh veggies.

Have a night out with friends
Just because it gets dark out before you are even out of work doesn’t mean that the restaurants close! Take some time to have dinner or drinks with a few friends. No need to squirrel yourself on your couch every night.

Enjoy the best things about winter
What other season can you wear your wool mittens while sipping hot cocoa or go play a game of hockey on a frozen lake? Take time to enjoy the little pleasures that winter brings.

Catch up on all of those movies and shows that you have missed
The best thing about winter is that you can spend most of your nights cuddled on the couch with your pet or spouse. Take time to make a list of shows and movies that you didn’t see. Slowly work down the list every week.

Find something to do to keep your mind off of the weather
Pick up that book that you have been meaning to read or learn a new hobby! The winter is the best time of year to organize the cluttered places of your house. Make sure that your mind stays actives so you won’t have time to think about the dreary weather outside.

(Keep in mind that if you notice symptoms of depression when the seasons start to change you might be experiencing something more than the “winter blues.” You should seek help from a medical and mental health professional.)

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