10 Tips to Enjoy this Winter

You probably read or heard this proverb before: “No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.”

With this hopeful statement in mind, rather than mourning the loss of summer, let’s embrace the winter season with these practical tips in mind:

1. Make your environment brighter.

When your body is craving more daylight, sit next to an artificial light (called a light box or sunboxes) for 30 minutes per day. Timing is very important, administer it first thing in the morning to keep your body on its springtime cycle. Opening blinds and curtains, trimming back tree branches, and sitting closer to windows can also help provide an extra dose of sunshine.

2. Bring colorful flowers home weekly / Take flower arrangement classes

3. Grow indoor plants and watch them grow.

It will lift your spirits. You may start with easy plants like Aloe, English Ivy and Jade plant. The upside is that they won't die on you.

4. Wear bright colors.

Do not let the weather dictate your wardrobe! Wearing bright colors can help make you feel bright and cheerful even when its gloomy outside.

5. Take a walk.

Talking yourself into taking a walk when the temperatures drop isn’t easy, but the benefits are considerable: Spending time outside (even when it's chilly!) can improve focus, reduce symptoms of seasonal depression, and lower stress levels.

>>> If you live near the water : the natural concentrations of negative ions are highest at the seashore or by the pounding surf, that's why many people report a spontaneous elevation in mood from being at the beach. While commercially sold negative ionizers produce lower levels they may help some people. <<<

6. Turn on the music.

Researchers showed that listening to upbeat or cheery music significantly improved participant’s mood in both the short and long term.

7. Read books of various subjects.

You’ll find here our books we love this winter to get us ready for spring.

8. Take a warm bath.

Add your favorite flower inside. Relax...

9. Plan a vacation.

Longing for sunnier days at the beach? Research shows that the simple act of planning a vacation causes a significant increase in overall happiness. 

10. Help others.

Volunteering your time can improve mental health and life satisfaction.

And remember,

Spring will come eventually.

 

Stephanie M.

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