Winter is in full force, and let's be honest - we're all starting to feel that seasonal slump. Even the best of us are feeling a little down. Every morning it seems harder to crawl out of bed than the day before. You've taken down your holiday decorations, and are met with a stark and cold landscape. You're not alone - about 11 million Americans suffer from winter depression, a seasonal affective disorder. And, though it stinks to admit it, spring's thaw is still months away. But don't fret! We're sharing our top 10 tried & true ways to beat the winter blues. So go ahead - step up to the seasonal slump!
Whether you're a SoulCycle-junkie or just make the effort to take the stairs instead of the escalator - get that body moving and releasing those "feel good" chemicals.
2. Eat healthy
We all know what we eat affects our mood and energy. Load up on complex carbs like whole wheat and veggies, and don't forget to stay hydrated with lots of water.
3. Get some sun
Keep your shades up during the day. Sit near windows whenever you get the chance. When a bulb goes out, replace it with a "full spectrum" bulb, which mimics natural light and has the same affect on your mind as the real thing.
4. Treat yourself
Whether its a beach vacation or new restaurant, planning something to look forward to will keep you motivated - and anticipation will improve your mood.
Don't be afraid to say no. Take time for yourself - and finally catch up on those Housewives episodes. We're not judging.
6. Embrace the season
If you have a lot of free time, take up a winter sport like skiing. If you don't - buy some cute new mittens or snow boots. Equally as mood-boosting (and warmer).
7. Be social
Don't underestimate the power of a phone call or coffee date.
8. Bring the outdoors in
The benefits of indoor plants far outweigh any effort it takes to care for them. Indoor plants can boost morale, productivity, concentration, and creativity. They can reduce stress, fight fatigue, and improve indoor air quality. Get your desk a plant - stat.
9. Cozy up your home
Your home, especially during the winter, should be your oasis. Invest in home goods. A new rug, a cozy blanket, or a vibrant painting, can do the trick.
Aim for 7 to 8 hours each night, and if possible try to keep your bedtime consistent. Skip the snooze button - oversleeping can actually make you more tired. If you're craving more rest, squeeze a short nap into your schedule instead.
Photography by Sidney Bensimon.