Maybe you’re tired. Maybe you lack motivation. Maybe you are dreading when the holiday decorations will inevitably have to be taken down, only to reveal a stark, cold space. But there’s a silver lining here: you are not alone in these feelings. It is estimated that over ten million Americans suffer from some form of seasonal depression. Spring’s thaw is still many months away, so we’re sharing our team’s suggestions to help you beat those winter blues, because we feel them too.
1. Get moving
Whether you’re a workout class junkie or just make the effort to take the stairs instead of the elevator—get that body moving and releasing those "feel good" chemicals as often as you can.
2. Eat healthy
There’s no denying that what we eat directly impacts how we feel. Now is not the time to skip the salad bar. Load up on complex carbs like whole wheat and veggies, and don’t forget to stay hydrated with lots of H2O.
3. Soak up the sun
Keep your shades up during the daylight hours. Sit near a window whenever you get the chance. And if a bulb goes out in your home, replace it with a full spectrum bulb, which mimics natural light and can have almost the same effect on your mind as the real thing.
4. Treat yourself
Leave work on time to head to happy hour, virtual or in-person, with a pal—or to treat yourself to a solo spa pedicure. Planning something to look forward to will keep you motivated and the anticipation leading up to it will improve your mood.
5. Relax, for real
Don’t be afraid to say no to plans you’re not interested in. Make time to take time for yourself. Read for pleasure, or finally catch up on the last season of your favorite Housewives franchise. (We’re not judging, we’re watching too.)
6. Embrace the season
If you have a lot of free time (said no one ever), take up a winter-only sport like skiing. Or if you don’t—buy some cute new gloves or a cozy beanie instead. Equally as mood-boosting, and warmer.
7. Be social, sometimes
Don’t underestimate the power of a phone call or coffee date to instantly lift your mood. Playing long distance phone tag? Send them a little something to let them know you’re thinking of them.
8. Sleep well
Sleep can be tough to prioritize, especially for those working from home, but aim for 7-8 hours a night, and try to keep your bedtime hour consistent. In the morning, skip the snooze button. Oversleeping can actually make you more tired.
9. Get some plants
The benefits of houseplants far outweigh any effort it takes to take care of them. Studies have shown indoor plants can boost your mood, increase your productivity, concentration, and creativity, and reduce your stress and fatigue. Get every room in your home a plant ASAP (we’re not biased or anything).
10. Embrace color & texture
Your home should always be your oasis, but especially in the wintertime when you might be spending more time indoors than you’d like to. Invest in home goods that bring you joy—a cozy new blanket, a colorful watering can for your new plants, or a set of faux stems for your entryway.