How Do You Beat The Winter Blues at Home?

How Do You Beat The Winter Blues at Home?

Kim R. McCormick
Jan 5, 2012

While many people think February is the cruelest month, I (an Aquarius) think January is the worst. What with the start of real winter weather and the post-holiday low, the beginning of the year can mean a dip into the doldrums.

If January isn't motivating you to clean out your closets and make to-do lists, there are lots of small ways to make the long days more enjoyable. Here are just a few:

Plants: When the weather outside is, well, frightful, plants are a sure-fire way to remind you of warmer, sunnier days. The sight of a happy pothos or jade makes a nice distraction from gray, leafless trees.

Lighting: While your case might be milder, a lack of light is one of the contributing factors of seasonal affective disorder. Making sure you have adequate lighting can figuratively and neuro-chemically brighten those gray days.

A small gift to yourself: I'm not above buying myself a small Christmas present or two, and when I'm really not feeling good I like to treat myself to something like nice-smelling soaps. For about $5, they make winter showers and hand-washing that much nicer.

What's your winter pick-me-up?

Images: Flickr member Tgrab. licensed for use under Creative Commons

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