- Get up early
Daylight is a natural mood booster so make sure you get up as soon as you can after sunrise each day and maximize your exposure to natural light. If you feel you’re not getting enough daylight, try a SAD light in your bedroom or by your desk. Read these tips for a restful morning routine.
- Don’t isolate yourself
It’s natural to want to stay indoors as much as possible at this time of year, especially if you’re feeling low. Getting enough social contact is key to keeping the blues away however and will take your mind off worries too. If you can’t see people physically, make sure you’re communicating online or via the phone or social media.
- Make a killer playlist
It’s been shown by research that listening to music that makes you happy can work to positively lift your mood. So there’s no better excuse to log onto Spotify and make a playlist stuffed full of your very best upbeat jams to blast whenever you need them.
- Start a gentle creative project
Don’t let perfectionism get to you, this isn’t the time to overhaul your entire life, but doing a simple, low budget home project at home, like baking or a mini room makeover will take your mind off things, at least temporarily.
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Staying positive in the depths of winter can feel like an uphill struggle sometimes. But remember to take care of yourself, and keep in touch with those around you, and those feelings will pass over before you know it.
What tips help you shake off the blues when they strike? Let us know in the comments.