Starting to feel that seasonal slump? You're not alone - around eleven million Americans suffer from some sort of winter blues. Although spring's thaw might seem far off, there's other easy ways to combat the cold and lack of light. See our top ten tips below.
1. Get Moving
A little effort like taking the stairs instead of the escalator makes a big difference. Get your body moving and releasing those 'feel good' chemicals.
2. Eat Healthy
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. Vitamin D
Keep your window shades up during the day, and sit near windows whenever you get the chance. Invest in "full spectrum" bulbs, which are said to mimic natural light and can have similar affects on your mind as the real thing.
4. Treat Yourself
Whether it's a planning a weekend getaway or making a reservation at a new restaurant - planning something to look forward to will keep you motivated, and anticipation will instantly improve your mood.
5. Just Relax
Don't be afraid to say no - nicely. Unplug. Take time for yourself. Catch up on those Real Housewives episodes. We're not judging.
6. Embrace It
Find a winter hobby. If you have a lot of free time, learn a sport like skiing. If you don't (who does?) - buy a cute new scarf or upgrade your winter boots. Equally as mood-boosting, and definitely warmer.
7. Be Social
Never underestimate the mood-boosting power of an unexpected phone call or cozy coffee date. Keep on hugging, kissing, and loving.
8. Buy Plants
The benefits of plants far outweigh the effort it takes to care for them. Houseplants boost morale, productivity, and creativity - while reducing stress, fighting fatigue, and improving indoor air quality.
9. Home Upgrades
Your home, especially during the winter, should be your indoor oasis. Invest in it. A new rug, a cozy blanket, or a DIY project, can do the trick.
10. Sleep More
It might be a stretch, but aim for 8 to 9 hours each night. Try to keep your bedtime consistent. And skip the snooze button - oversleeping can actually make you more tired.
(Photography courtesy of Sidney Bensimon)